Best Time of Year to Visit Thailand
The monsoon season extends from May to October with heavy rainfall and temperatures averaging well over 90 F. So, these months are not popular for tourism. The months of December and January are dry and temperatures are the most comfortable too. Even so, expect average highs near 90 F in the cool season. Christmas is likely the best time of year to visit Thailand.
Visit Thailand – Visa Requirements
For listings of citizens requiring visas and those who are exempt, visit the Royal Thai Embassy in London web site or check your specific country at VisaHQ. For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa. Citizens of UK, U.S.A, Canada, Italy, Germany, Japan and France are exempt from visa requirements for visits under 30 days. Most visitors who need a Thailand tourist visa can get it when they arrive.
Songkran Water Festival
The Songkran Water Festival happens everywhere in Thailand in mid April. With the large number of tourists, the Songkran Water Festival has expanded to include them too. The main activity is getting everyone else wet with water by any means. Cups of water are thrown. Squirt guns are very popular. So is chilled water. You can expect to get wet regardless of who you are or how much you beg to get out of it. No one is exempt, not even tourists.
Thailand – Currency
The Thai Baht (THB) is the currency used in Thailand.
Thailand – Language
Thai is the official language of Thailand.
Electrical Adapters for Thailand
When you Visit Thailand you will find the Type C and North American two prong plug types are available. So, you might not need an electrical adapter.
Thailand was known as Siam until 1939. Its borders touch Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. More than 60 million people live in Thailand. Its capital and largest city is Bangkok. Thailand is about 95% buddhist, which is why there are so many monasteries and temples in the country. Almost all the temple names start with the pre-fix “Wat” in their place names. Some Thai airlines even provide special boarding lines for monks.
Civil unrest from 2008 – 2010 has subsided, so Thailand is again a popular destination for tourists. The beaches and the low cost of living draw visitors from around the world. The Phuket area was hard hit by a tsunami in 2004.