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Heading to Thailand? We’ve gathered some tips to make sure your trip is the smoothest it can be.
Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Nearby beach resorts include bustling Pattaya and fashionable Hua Hin.
Using your debit or credit card
Do I need cash in Thailand, or can I use my card everywhere?
Cards are widely accepted in hotels and restaurants. Most market stalls and small shops are cash only, so it’s important to have cash on you.
What currency do they use here?
The currency here is Thai baht. The symbol is ฿ or THB.
Which ATM’s can I use for free?
All banks charge 220 THB for cash withdrawal at an ATM.
If I want cash, how much should I take out of an ATM?
2 000 – 5 000 THB should be enough for a few days. However, if you are planning to stay longer, consider taking out more to avoid paying 220 every time.
Should I choose local currency or Euros when paying?
If you’re asked to choose between local currency and Euros, always choose local currency.
Can I roam, or should I get a local SIM?
Most EU mobile plans will charge you for roaming.
Wifi is readily available, especially in coffee shops.
If you want to get a local SIM card, you can learn about your options here.
Useful things to know
How does tipping work?
Tipping is not mandatory. but you can round up the bill if you recieved good service.
How much does a 0.5L beer cost?
How much does an average meal cost?
What’s the emergency number?
There are different numbers for the different services here.
- Police: 191 or 911
- Ambulance: 1669
- Fire: 199
What type of plug do they use?
This one! It’s the standard American plug.
What side of the road do they drive on?
They drive on the left side of the road here.
How do I navigate my way around?
Google and Apple Maps both work well here.
Otherwise, we recommend Rome2Rio as the best way to find out how to get anywhere. It even tells you the cost of each option.
Any other good tips?
- Enjoy the traditional Thai cuisine. Pad Thai, Som Tam, Panang… Delicious!
- Be aware: Thai Law requires tourists to arrive with a minimum of 10,000 Baht per person or 20,000 Baht per family, in cash. While they don’t always check, it’s worth taking those funds to not be caught out.
If you’ve been to Thailand share your experience! The following would be really useful for others to know:
- Which ATMs are free to use?
- What card should I use and where?
- Any other info you think may be useful.
Share your experience with us in the comments below!