What language is spoken in Thailand?
The official language of Thailand is Thai.
Is English spoken throughout Thailand?
While English is quite widely spoken throughout the country, especially in tourist areas, do not assume all individuals will be able to converse in English.
What currency is used in Thailand?
The currency used throughout the country is Thai baht. Mastercard and Visa are widely accepted at most hotels and tourist locations. ATMs are very common throughout the country.
Do I need a visa to travel to Thailand?
A visa is not required when travelling with a Canadian or United States passport for travel up to 30 days.
Is WiFi readily available?
Internet access is good in most major areas of Thailand. WiFi is available at most restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels and malls. Spotty areas exist in remote areas and villages in Thailand.
Can I use my cell phone in Thailand?
It is possible to purchase a SIM card at BKK airport on arrival. But, we suggest you check with your cellular provider to know what your options are. You might be able to get an affordable roaming plan.
Is it safe to drink tap water?
It is strongly advised NOT to drink tap water in Thailand. It’s best to stick to filtered water, which can be found in hotels and restaurants. Ice is usually okay, since it is usually factory-produced, using filtered water.
What are the public bathroom facilities like?
Western-style and Asian-style squat toilets can be found in public bathrooms. It is recommended you bring your own tissues and hand sanitizer as they are not normally provided. Some public facilities may charge a small fee.
When is the best time to travel to Thailand?
The best time to travel to Thailand is between October to the end of March for most of the country. The gulf of Thailand (Koh Samui region) experiences a different weather pattern so the best weather is normally from January to August. The best time to visit the Andaman Sea area (Phuket and Krabi) is normally from November to April.
What are transportation options in Thailand?
There are several ways to get around the country, but usually, Goway passengers will travel by private vehicle and domestic flight. If planning to visit smaller Thai islands you will travel by ferry or speedboat.
Is Thailand a family-friendly destination?
Definitely! There are several things the whole family will enjoy such as a safari camp experience at Elephant Hills to get up close to elephants, water-based activities in Angthong Marine Park, or in the Andaman Sea, and cooking and bicycle tours. We can create a custom itinerary based on your family's interests.
How welcoming is Thailand to LGBTQ travellers?
Thailand is well known for being a welcoming destination for LGBTQ travellers. Homosexuality is legal in Thailand, but current Thai law does not recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions or domestic partnerships. Same-sex couples are welcomed, especially in city centres. Bangkok boasts one of Asia's largest and best-regarded LGBTQ nightlife scenes. The Miss International Queen beauty pageant for Trans* women is held annually in Pattaya.
What are the main annual festivals or events held?
Songkran (Water Festival) - Held annually on April 13 and celebrated throughout Thailand. This festival can be compared to a large water fight. Avoid this festival unless you are okay to get wet and join the fun!
Chinese New Year - The first day on the Chinese calendar (typically January and February). The best place to celebrate is Chinatown in Bangkok, but celebrations are held throughout the country. This event attracts a lot of visitors creating lots of traffic and noise. If you prefer a peaceful or more quiet getaway, it is recommended to avoid travel during this time.
Yi Peng and Loy Krathon (Lantern Festival) - Both events are celebrated in tandem on the full moon of the 12-month Thai lunar calendar. These events are primarily celebrated in northern Thailand.
Full Moon and Half Moon Parties - Held every month in Koh Pha Ngan on the night of the half and full moon. These events attract 10,000+ young tourists to the island which can create quite a bit of traffic and noise. Avoid travel to the island during this time unless going to the island specifically for the party.
Should I visit both North and South Thailand?
The north and south parts of the country are quite different in their geography, weather, activities, cuisine and culture.
The northern part of Thailand is quite lush with mountains, valleys and jungles. Go trekking, visit an elephant sanctuary, visit artisan workshops, meet hill tribes or temple hop. The north is a great place to have cultural experiences and try jungle-based activities.
The south part of Thailand boasts a variety of beaches and islands. Most people visit the south to enjoy the sun, sand and sea. Water-based activities such as island hopping, snorkelling and sea canoeing are popular. There are land-based activities too, including wildlife and jungle activities, especially if visiting Khao Sok National Park.
Should I stay in a beach resort on the East Coast (Koh Samui) or the West Coast (Phuket & Krabi region)?
Both the east and west coast of Thailand offer amazing beaches and provide island hopping experiences (whether for a day trip or overnight stay). The ideal travel season varies a bit between the two coasts with the west coast being better for travel from November to April and the east coast from April to September.
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