Thailand Practical Information

Currency and Money Exchange

The official currency in Thailand is Baht. The The denotations of notes are 1,000 baht, 500 baht, 100baht, 50 baht and 20 baht, the copper coins are 10, 25 and 50 satang and the silver coins are 1 baht, 2 baht, 5 baht and 10 baht.

Most foreign currencies and travelers cheques can be conveniently cashed at hotels, tourist shops, provincial banks, shopping centers and exchange offices. Generally, hotel exchange rates are lower than those offered by banks and authorized money changers. You can easily find cash machines in Thailand, which will charge you extra fee of 150 baht per transaction. Major international credit cards are accepted by major banks, restaurants, hotels and shops, such as American Express, Diners, Carte Blanche, Master Card and VISA.

Telephone

Public phones cost 1 Baht per minute for a local call and up to 18 Baht per minute for a internal long distance call. You can use your mobile phone in Thailand if you plan to stay in Thai for a short stay and you arrange for international roaming in your home country. But it is still expensive. The best way to save your money is to buy a SIM card with a prepaid option. A good place to purchase a local SIM card or mobile phone is MBK, where offer mobile communication service with an entire floor.

Internet

Most hotels offer internet access for their customers with additional fees and free Wi-Fi access is available in some hotels for their guests. There are internet cafes in Thailand with higher charge than in hotels.

Business hours

Banks open from 9:00 to 15:30 from Monday To Friday.

Government offices open at 8:30 and close at 4:30, with one-hour lunch break from noon to 13:00.

Shopping malls usually open around 10:00 and close around 21:00.

Pubs and bars open at different times but close at 01:00.

Health

Avoiding mosquito bites is a must after sunset when the mosquitoes are crazy for the tropical diseases are insect borne. Gastro enteric problems often happen to tourists as a result of contaminated food or water. So be careful about the where and what you eat. Before you eat, check whether your food is fresh and avoid ice cubes and crushed ice.

Tourists are especially likely to get stomach as a result of the climate in Thailand which is extreme hot and humid. Always remember to drink plenty of water, only the bottled water.

If you still have some concerns, you can get vaccinations for typhoid (valid 3 years) and Hepatitis A (validity varies).

Cost of Living

Costs for accommodation in Thai range quite dramatically according to the location. Luxurious sea view villas in Phuket or Kha Samui can be rented monthly, which cost about 90,000 baht or more a month. While in downtown, about 30,000 baht a month can rent a mid-range accommodation. And studio apartment can be rented as little as 2,000 baht and upward a month. conservatively. It is not appropriate to show off to much skin.

Food in Thailand is feature variety and inexpensive prices both in restaurants and street stalls. A quick snack from a street stall can be had for just 20 baht for BBQ chicken, pork on a sticks, papaya salad and other Thai meals. While in a standard restaurant, the cost will not be expensive.

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