Thailand

Thailand

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Blessedly exotic.

Thailand redefines the concept of exotic. With such a breathtaking combination of ancient temples, stunning landscapes, delicious food, and pristine beaches, it's plain to see this country was blessed.

Everything about Thailand sounds exotic, like the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Everything feels exotic, like finding good fortune shrines in modern malls, and banyan trees donning sacred cloths. Everything in Thailand is exotic, from jungles with leopards at Kaeng Krachan National Park, to waterfalls with seven levels at Erawa National Park.

But don't forget the islands. Thailand is also exotically blessed with hundreds of islands along the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. Including hot spots for singles like Koh Phi Phi, or total seclusion in Koh Lanta.

Thailand is singular. It's incredible. It's a fantasy waiting to be brought to life. And VIVA Travel can help you bring it. Give us a call and we'll show you how inexpensive it can be to go completely exotic. It'll be divine.

Other things to do:

  • See the underground cave shrines in Kanchanaburi and Phetchaburi
  • Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, 3,500 feet up a mountain
  • See the actual Bridge over the River Kwai
  • Travel to the wooden Sanctuary of Truth Temple
  • Visit Doi Inthanon National Park
Climate: 

Temperatures range from 70°F (21°C) to 86°F (30°C).Thai

Time Zone: 

Universal Time Coordinated, UTC+07:00

Language: 

Thai

Currency: 

Thai Baht (THB)

Electricity: 

220-240 volts. Travelers from the US and Canada need a plug adapter and step-down transformer. For hair dryers, curling irons, etc., a plug adapter and voltage converter are required.

Tipping Customs: 

Tipping is not expected in Thailand. It is customary to leave behind any loose change in coins as a tip when dining. In more upscale restaurants, a larger tip of 5-10% is quite common. For other service providers, tips of 10% are appreciated.

Safety: 

Exercise caution, especially in locations where expatriates congregate (i.e. clubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, places of worship, schools, outdoor recreation venues, tourist areas, beach resorts, etc.). 

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is widely available. Service providers include ADSL and CSLoxInfo. In smaller communities, dial-up is still common.

Smoking: 

Smoking is banned in establishments open to the public, including restaurants, bars, and open-air markets.

Travel Documentation: 

US citizens require a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry. Thai immigration officials and/or airlines may ask to see your onward/return ticket.

Airport: 

Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), Don Mueang International Airport (DMK)

Car Rental: 

Budget and Avis operate in Thailand, along with a number of local agencies. 

Public Transportation: 

Bangkok is the only city in Thailand to have an above-ground and underground light-rail public transport system. It also boasts the largest bus system in the country. Metered taxis are available, as is Uber service. Elsewhere, public transport is provided by sŏrng·tăa·ou (or two rows, a small pick-up truck outfitted with two facing benches for passengers). Săhm·lór are three-wheeled Pedi cabs typically found in small towns.