Key tips and information for living in and visiting Thailand

Official Languages



  • Baht (THB)
  • Currency available prior to entering the country? Yes
  • Exchange rate


Thailand has a tropical climate. The rains mostly fall between May and October. Click here to see the weather forecast for Thailand.

Time Zone

GMT +7

Thailand Calling Code



  • Drive on the left

Health & Safety

In An Emergency

Thailand Facts

  • Capital City: Bangkok
  • National Animal: Elephant
  • National Bird: Siamese Fireback
  • National Flower: Ratchaphruek


Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) (Greater Bangkok)

Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) (Bangkok)

Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) 

Phuket International Airport (HKT)

Samui International Airport (USM)

Krabi International Airport (KBV)

Udon Thani International Airport (UTH)

Surat Thani International Airport (URT)

U-Tapao International Airport (Rayong / Pattaya) (UTP)


Tourist Information

Tourism Authority of Thailand

Tourist Visa

British passport holders arriving by air or land can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. This is known as a visa exemption and enables you to enter Thailand through a land border twice. Click here for further information, for longer stays and to enter more frequently.

Terminal 21 Sukhumvit, Bangkok, is great for cheap food. It has a food court with prices starting from just 80p. For shopping, the markets are cheaper than the shops. You can get to Chatuchak Market (also known as Jatujak (JJ) Market) by Skytrain”

Sue from Bangkok (2018)
  • The Beach & Cutthroat Island ~ Maya Beach
  • The Man with the Golden Gun ~ Phang Nga Bay in Puket
  • Brokedown Palace ~ Bangkok
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason ~ Bangkok and Phuket
  • American Gangster ~ Chiang Mai
  • The Hangover Part II ~ Krabi province & Bangkok
  • The Impossible ~ Khao Lak
  • Animal tourism is popular in Thailand but isn’t always ethical, particularly elephant rides and tiger temples. Try to find an ethical company to enjoy nature in its natural environment or a conservation project.
  • Maya Beach was closed in 2018 to protect its fragile environment – it is advisable to check to see if it is open

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