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Overview
Thailand

Thailand is one of the world's most popular and welcoming destinations for travellers, but it's still important to be aware of the kingdom's unique laws and customs to make sure everything goes smoothly. Before your next Thailand holiday, be sure to check out the helpful advice below. 

 

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Visas
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British citizens can stay in Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa when arriving by air, or 14 days if arriving by land. If you are travelling on a different passport, speak to your Travel Butler or your local Thai embassy.

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Inoculations
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No vaccinations are required for entering Thailand, though visitors are recommended to keep up to date with their routine vaccinations. Malaria can be a risk if you will be travelling in remote areas. For advice on how to avoid it, talk to your doctor.  

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When to go
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There's not really a low season to speak of in Thailand, although tourist numbers do trail off during the rainy season between July and October and the hottest months of February to April. For most of the year though, Thailand is warm and humid with temperatures ranging between 28 and 35 degrees Celsius, making the country especially popular as an escape from the Northern Hemisphere’s winter.

Thailand really comes alive in festival season, and visitors are welcome to get in on the action during the water fights of Songkran in April and the more solemn Loy Krathong festival in November, when banana leaf boats are laden with candles and flowers as people give thanks to the river goddess.

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Currency
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Thailand's official currency is the Thai baht.

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Electrical
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Thailand's electricity supply uses 220 volts like the UK, but you will need an adaptor to use your British electronics in Thai outlets. There are two types of plugs used in the country, with the American-style A plugs being more common than European-style C plugs. As a result, we recommend bringing a universal adaptor. 

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Travel insurance
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While millions of international travellers visit Thailand every year without incident, it's still essential to purchase travel insurance before you set off, so you will be covered for lost luggage, medical emergencies and other situations.

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What to pack
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Thailand is famous for its year round hot weather, so you won’t need to bring much. In fact, we recommend leaving a bit of room in your suitcase for shopping purchases. What you do bring should include:

  • Passport
  • Power adaptor
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun cream
  • Swimsuit
  • Light layers
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Flip-flops
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Light waterproof jacket

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