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For stays of less than 30 days, no visa is necessary. You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from your entry into Thailand.
If your stay exceeds 30 days, a visa becomes mandatory.

Outside the EU:
Check with the consulate or embassy of your country to see whether a visa is required.


Remember to update the following vaccines: diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis (DTP) and hepatitis A.
Depending on your type of stay, particularly in rural areas, vaccinations against typhoid and Japanese encephalitis are advised.

Take mosquito sprays for areas at risk of malaria and Zika.
Wash your hands frequently and drink only water in sealed bottles.
Check with your nearest Thai Embassy on the personal medication you’re allowed to take with you.


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The baht is the unit of currency in Thailand.
1 USD = 34.94 THB*
* Exchange rate provided as a guideline only

Where can you change your money?
You can change your money in international banks and airports.
There are many money-changing offices in the capital. Super Rich Orange and Super Rich Green are the best known for their favourable rates.
Banks are another solution (Siam Commercial Bangkok, Kasikorn Bangkok).

While not mandatory, tipping remains a common practice in Thailand. Round up the price for a taxi ride, and leave some coins, or even a 10 baht note, for a restaurant or hotel.



The bus is the most popular means of transport and the most used in Thailand, especially for long distances. You can travel almost anywhere in the country and they are generally comfortable.
Trains are the most economical means of transport, but do not necessarily serve the tourist sites such as Phuket.
Tuk-tuks are widespread in Bangkok. These motorised tricycles used as taxis take you to your destination for a very reasonable price. The price of a trip goes up to 300 baht (€7.84 / $8.57) depending on the route.
Nearly twenty cities have an airport. Flights are not always more expensive than the bus or train, and are faster.
In order to reach the many islands of southern Thailand, you have the choice of different crossings: ferry, shuttle, longtail boat or night boat. There are bus + boat packages.
You can also call on a private individual and get on their private boat for greater cultural immersion.

Key numbersKEY NUMBERS

Ambulance: 192
Tourist police: 1155
Emergency police: 191
Fire service: 199


The official language is Thai. However, English is a very widely spoken language.

A few phrases to remember :

Hello: Sawatdi kha (women) ; Shap (men)
Goodbye: La khon
Yes: Khrap ou Kha
No: Maï
Thank you: Kop khoun / kha (women): Khap (men)
The bill please: Keb ngeun duay kha/Khap
Pardon; excuse me; sorry: Khor Thot
How much is this?: Lakha taoraï ?
Where are the toilets?: Hong nam you thi naï ?
I’d like to go to…; Pom yak dja paï ti...
Left: Saï
Right: Khwa

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