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
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 - 3:30 p.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
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 .