Fast Facts: Thailand

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your arrival date.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Thailand for tourist stays up to 30 days. Otherwise, a visa is required prior to arrival, which can be obtained from a Thai Embassy or consulate or a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider, VisaHQ. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider, VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

What is the weather like?

Thailand's climate is always hot and humid, with the highlands being around 10 degrees cooler. November through February is the best time to go when the days are more mild. March thru May is extremely hot, with temps into the low 100's. The rainy season is May through October.

Check out the current weather conditions in Thailand.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

Malaria is not present in major cities. Although not required, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis vaccinations should be considered if you're going to remote areas. If you get nipped by a dog, even in Bangkok, get checked for rabies. Skin infections are common—even the smallest wound should be disinfected and covered with a bandage.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Thailand is the baht. Please review the current exchange rate for the baht.

ATMs are located everywhere in major cities.

Are tips & service charges customary?

Tipping is not a common practice. Round up taxi fare to the next 5 or 10 baht. Hotels and restaurants have service charges included in the bill.

What items should I shop for?

Thailand is famous for its silk (silk from Jim Thompson is good quality). Shop also for lacquerware, painted umbrellas, bronze, silver, temple bells, celadon pottery, tribal weavings, custom-made shoes, opium weights and pillows, and carved water buffalo bells. Beware of copycat items in Thailand from clothes to watches. Some 24 carat gold is also somewhat less than 100% pure, but crafted well.

What is the voltage?

220 volts. Plugs A & C. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.