Visas and Passports
Travellers should check visa regulations at a Thai Embassy
or consulate before staring their journey. All foreign nationals
entering Thailand must have valid passports. At the airport,
nationals from most countries will be granted a free transit
visa valid up to 30 days, provided that they have a fully
paid ticket out of Thailand. Tourist visas allow for a 60-day
stay from the date of entry into the Kingdom. People who
are waiting for a work permit to be issued can apply for
a non-immigrant visa, which is good for 90 days, from their
Thai Embassy or consulate at home. A letter of guarantee
is needed from the Thai company you intend to work for.
Visas can be extended before they expire by applying at
the Immigration Bureau on Soi Suan Plu, South Sathorn Road,
Tel : 0 2286 4231, 0 2287 3101 ext. 2271 (8:30 a.m.-4p.m.,
Monday-Friday) Visitors wishing to leave Thailand and return
before their visa have expired can apply for re-entry permit
prior to their departure at immigration offices.
Thailand country code : 66
Bangkok : 02
Chiang Mai : 053
Chiang Rai : 053
Chiang Saen : 053
Chumphon : 077
Hat Yai : 074
Hua Hin : 032
Kanchanaburi : 034
Koh Samui : 077
Krabi/Ao Nang : 075
Mae Hong Son : 053
Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat) : 044
Pattaya / Jomtien : 038
Phang Nga : 076
Phi Phi : 075
Phuket : 076
Songkhla : 074
Sukhothai : 055
Surat Thani : 077
Emergencies Number in Bangkok
Police Emergency Number : 191
Tourist Police Head Quarter : 0 2678 6800-9
Most Thai institutions as well as foreign banks are equipped
to handle telegraph and telex money transfers and a wide
range of money services. In the provinces, the services
are much more restricted. If you have overseas business
to conduct with a bank, it is better to do it in Bangkok.
Most banks are open from Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m -
The Baht is the principal Thai monetary unit. It is divided
into 100 units called satang. Bank note denominations include
1,000 (grey), 500 (purple), 100(red), 50(blue), 20(green),
10(brown) baht. While bank notes are easy to decipher, the
coinage is a confusing matter with a variety of sizes and
types for each denomination. Ther are 10-baht coin (brass
center with a silver rim), two different 5-baht coins (silver
pieces with copper rim), three varieties of 1-baht coins
(silver, usually only the small size will fit in a public
telephone), and two small coins of 50 and 25 satang (both
are brass coloured).
Government offices are open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.Monday-Friday.
Business hours are 8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m Monday-Friday,
some businesses are open half day 8:30 a.m. - noon on Saturday.
Banks are open from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.five days a week,
but many operate money changing kiosks throughout the city
, which are open until 8 p.m. seven days a week. The Bank
of Asia has pioneered branch banking at supermarkets and
shopping malls outside the normal hours.
Most department stores are open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. seven days
a week. Ordinary shops open at 8:30 a.m. or 9a.m. and close
between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., depending on the location and
type of business. Some pharmacies in the major cities remain
open all night.
Small open-air coffee shops and restaurants open at 7 a.m.
and close at 8:30 p.m., though some stay open past midnight.
Large restaurants generally close at 10 p.m.
Twenty-four-hour convenience stores have become increasingly
common, and can find nearly on every corner of the streets.
There are two left luggage facilities at Don Muang International
Airport. One is on the 1st floor on the northern end of
the arrival hall (Terminal 1) after passing through customs.
The second is in the departure hall on the 03rd floor (Terminal
1) near the currency exchange counter. The fee is Baht 20
(Usd 0.50) per piece per day.
International Airport Tax
There is a 500 Baht (approx. Usd 12) airport tax at your
departure, and the ticket has to purchase in cash only .