The number of travelers visiting Thailand keeps growing every year. You can get detailed information about Thailand in our blogs. Either you are a first-time traveler to Thailand or a frequent visitor, the kingdom will always find a way to surprise you. Indians enjoy their holiday in this tropical country as it is filled with astonishing islands, beaches, lush jungles, amazing food, and much more. It might appear like a western country, but deep down it is more Asian. Thailand can be a paradise for the tourists but you should have an idea of what to expect after reaching Thailand.
We are going to write about the most essential things you should know before traveling to the country. If you are planning to go to Thailand, then these tips will help you to know more about the kingdom and ease your journey.
1. Visa and Immigration to Thailand:
Thailand provides Visa on Arrival (VOA) to Indians. The visa fee is exempted for Indians until 30th April 2020. Just a valid passport is necessary. Applicants can stay for a maximum of 15 days in Thailand. The Indian passport holders can also visit Thailand for business, studies, and other activities apart from tourism.
Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate under the ministry of foreign affairs of Thailand administers and regulates the visa procedure.
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2. Currency Exchange:
Baht is the currency in Thailand. You need to exchange the currency from Rupee to Baht. The value of 1 rupee is 0.43 THB as of 3rd March, 2020.
Converting INR to USD and then to THB might cost you more. Thus, the best deal is to withdraw all the cash at once from ATM and convert them to THB. Try to avoid buying Forex at International Airports. It will also cost you more.
If you want to collect your exchanged money, ensure you carry all your essential documents like Visa, Passport, and Air ticket. If you want to withdraw your money from your debit card, it is mandatory to activate international banking from your bank, in India. Otherwise, it will not work in Thailand. The Thai Banks charge some additional transaction fee if you withdraw money from their ATM. Thus, it is better to use your credit card that will work internationally. If you want to exchange the currency, there are many options. Thomas Cook and Cox & Kings are the pioneer companies to help the customer to avail of currency exchange in advance.
Note: Exchange offices in most of the destination countries avoid accepting small denominations or coins. Thus, it is better to consume all the small denominations and coins within the country.
Transportation in Thailand is very convenient. Many cab and bus services are available from Bangkok Airport to every corner of the city.
Commuting in Bangkok in BTS Metro and MTS is also very reliable. You can avoid the hustling traffic in the city. Just take a day pass and travel across the Bangkok city economically. If you are a backpacker, then BTS is the best option for you. However, if you are traveling in groups, we recommend you to use taxi services or cab services. It is better to book in advance to avoid negotiations with taxi drivers.
You can also find two-wheeler taxis in Bangkok. Also, Tuk Tuks are a useful option to cover a shorter distance. If you want to travel from Bangkok to any part of the country, go to Mo Chit Bus Terminal or Ekkamai Bus Terminal. You’ll find intercity buses that can take you at any place you want in Thailand. Bangkok is well connected with many bus networks. If you want to visit Chon Buri, Pattaya, or Ayutthaya, you will find bus routes easily with the local transportation network. Ferry services are also available to reach the islands from the mainland.
4. Places to Avoid in Thailand and things to be cautious about:
If you are traveling with your family members or loved ones, avoid Khao San Road in Bangkok. If you are a bachelor and want to enjoy more in the place, this can be a good option. But still, you need to be cautious all the time. This area is surrounded by economical bars, accommodations, and nightclubs. The area is particularly not a no-go zone; however, it is advisable not to visit this place with your family and kids.
Don’t travel in the taxi without using the meter. Ask the taxi drivers to use the meter. They can’t refuse you as it is illegal in the country. Uber and Grab cars are also an option in Thailand. However, you should have valid connectivity on your mobile. Thus, having a Thai Sim card with you will help you a lot.
There are many infamous shows like Ping-Pong shows that take place in cities like Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket. Be cautious of such shows, as you are not allowed to leave from the venue until you pay a huge amount.
Don’t blindly believe taxi driver’s words as he might say something like, closure of a particular venue for the day and , they will suggest other destinations which may earn them a commission. Thus, plan your itinerary earlier before going to Thailand.
You should also be very careful while dealing with the Tuk Tuk drivers. Sometimes they may try to convince you to go to a jewelry shop or fashion stores that are having Special sales/offers. Avoid such kind of visits, as they may be fake; as their basic aim will only be to earn a commission by making you visit those stores.
Always be attentive and vigilant about your surroundings. Not all best-dressed people are to be believed. Unknowingly you might come across “Ladyboys”. It is not easy to distinguish them from the rest. Also, please avoid going to massage parlors with signs saying ‘Nice Girls’, or ‘Happy Girls’.
It’s advisable to learn a few basic Thai phrases. English is the widely used language in most of the tourist places. However, to become even friendlier with the Thai people, learn some Thai words. A humble smiling face will get you far in the land of smiles.
Stay in a hotel that offers complimentary breakfast. Don’t take the all-inclusive meal package for lunch and dinner. There are many other places which provide more options of cuisines at a cheaper rate. If you are going for an island trip, then you need to spend your whole day over there. You’ll miss lunch at the hotel. Thus, plan your itinerary accordingly.
Be careful while talking about the Thai King, Queen, and the Royal family in Thailand. Some might be really offended with regards to some topics related to the royal family
5. Emergency Services in Thailand:
If you are in Thailand and in a state of emergency or require any kind of assistance, you can get the help of Thailand tourist police.
The Consular office or Embassy of India in Thailand has the responsibility to help a citizen in distress. This may include any serious illness, unexpected death of a partner, a victim of crime, etc. The Embassy/Consular offices also provide assistance in case of a lost or stolen passport.
Emergency Numbers in Thailand:
- Police: 191
- Tourist Police: 1155
- Fire Brigade: 199
- Ambulance: 1669
- Tourism Authority of Thailand: 1672
Know more about the Thailand Emergency services : Phone Numbers You should have before visiting Thailand.
Get ready for the best trip of your life in Thailand! This may possibly be the most cherished trips of your life. You will get a memorable trip to Thailand if you plan properly. Do reach out to us if you want any information regarding Thailand, we’ll help you have an unforgettable trip!