A Thailand checklist is a guide for any travelers to prepare themselves before landing in Thailand, the land of smiles.Getting ThereThere are several ways to arrive to this country depending on wh...
A Thailand checklist is a guide for any travelers to prepare themselves before landing in Thailand, the land of smiles.
There are several ways to arrive to this country depending on where you come from.
air: The main airport of Thailand is in Bangkok called Suvarnabhumi
International Airport. However, there are many other airports in every
region around Thailand in order for travelers to connect to all parts
of the country such as in Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui and Krabi. A
little trick is that as there is a high competition in domestic flight
market, travelers should compare the air fares from more than one
source before booking. Also, be careful with the initial price offered
as there could be a large amount of extra taxes and surcharges applied
in the further booking steps. So, make sure, you continue the booking
process until the final total price is shown. The popular airlines for
domestic flights are Thailand Airways, Bangkok Air, Bangkok Airways,
Nok Air and Air Asia.
By train: If tourists travel from Malaysia,
a train is another option to enter Thailand. Moreover, as the railway
connects to every part of the country, if tourists do not mind spending
a little more time on transportation, this is another option to travel
around the country and enjoy scenery of Thailand.
By ship: This
way is becoming more popular nowadays. There is the cruise line heading
to South East Asia route, including visiting Thailand. The recommended
5-star service cruise is Costa Cruises.
Checklist before Thailand check in
1. Seek for some basic information
After choosing the transportation to enter the country, learning
some basic information is always a wise idea to do before your arrival.
Tourism Authority of Thailand or TAT is always a trusted and valuable
source to seek for any information about the country. The main channel
to connect to TAT is through its website. In addition, even when you
have arrived to the country there are many branches of TAT around
Thailand to serve tourists, starting from the one at Suvarnabhumi
2. Vaccinations preparation
In term of health preparation, vaccinations for hepatitis A and B,
polio, rabies, typhoid and tuberculosis are advised but not necessary.
If you plan to get into jungles around the border areas (connected to
Cambodia, Burma and Lao), Malaria vaccination is also recommended.
3. Entry document check for Thailand Check in
For Visa, the regulations for visa can be changed without notice so
when planning to visit Thailand, make sure to re-check with the Thai
embassy before departing. For passport, it must be valid for at least
six months from the date you arrive Thailand.
4. Prepare some money and know its currency
About currency, currency used in Thailand is Thai Baht. Its money
includes both coins and notes, starting from "satang" coins, 100
satangs equal to 1 baht, 1 baht, 2 baht, 5 baht and 10 baht coins. For
bank notes are 1,000 baht, 500 baht, 100 baht, 50 baht and 20 baht
notes. One recommendation is that do not keep the large-denomination
bank notes such as 1,000 or 500 notes or try change them to the smaller
ones as street vendors or taxis don't usually have large amount of
changes. Exchange counters are also scattered around the country
especially in tourist places. It is highly recommended to exchange your
money at these bank counters rather than at hotels as the rate from the
latter one would be more expensive. Besides cash, it is also a wise
idea to bring cards with you as ATM machines are widely available
everywhere around Thailand. Credit card is also accepted in many places
however make sure you keep an eye on who handling your cards to avoid
any cheating practices such as copying your card codes.
5. Clothes to match with the climate
The usual weather in Thailand is hot. There is a Thai joke that
Thailand has 3 seasons: hot, hotter and hottest. As a result, clothes
to be used in this country should be something light with short
sleeves. However, trousers or a long skirt are something you should
also bring at least one as some tourist attractions such as temples
will not allow people with shorts or singlet to get in. Some winter
clothes may be needed only if you plan to go up the hills in the
northern part or north eastern part of the country during winter time,
otherwise, they will be quite useless for your trip. To make sure with
this, it is highly recommend travelers to check the weather forecast
again before their departure.
6. Baggage check
To make your Thailand check in smoother, check the allowance of
your baggage properly and make sure your bags are not overloaded. The
baggage allowance is up to the airline policy so check this in your
booking that issued by the airline.
After all the lists have been
checked, you will be quite ready for checking in to Thailand. The final
suggestion is that always find the promotional prices
in advance for any services you are going to use in Thailand such as
accommodations, transportation, limousines, spas or other activities.
Many services are often offered great deals for advance booking.
You may check further information about Thailand here.
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