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Time Zone

There is only 1 time zone in Thailand : +7 hrs GMT, or +12 hrs EST.

Climate

The main land mass of central, north and east Thailand is landlocked and surrounded by Cambodia, Burma (Myanmar) and Laos.

Thailand has a hot and humid, tropical climate throughout the year, though it can get chilly in the mountainous north. The dry and cool season runs from November to February. March to May is also dry but very hot, except in the south. The October throughout the country.

You can dive in Thailand all year round, though the best diving is between November and early May. Some dive sites in the Andaman Sea are not available in the rainy season due to strong winds. At that time there are also only a limited number of diving cruise charters in Thailand. Check our dive site descriptions for detailed diving seasons.

Visas

Travellers are required to have an onward ticket to enter Thailand. Citizens of most nations can get a 30-day visa upon arrival. Two-week extensions can be obtained by going to the Immigration Office, located near the Silom business district (507 Suan Phlu Road; Tel : 02-287-1740 or 02-287-3101) with a photocopy of your passport (every pace), two photographs, and the extension fee of 500 baht. Agencies can facilitate this process, with pick up and delivery service to your hotel room.

Currency

Foreign currency changers are available at the airport and provide the same rates as in town and better rates than hotels. The baht is divided into 100 satangs. Paper denominations consist of 1,000- (gray), 500- (purple), 100- (red), 50- (blue), and 20- (green) baht notes. Coins consist of ten-, five-, one-baht disks, as well as 50- and 25-satang brass disks.

Credit Cards

Major establishments readily accept American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa cards. Expect a 3-5 percent surcharge. Major Bangkok banks also recognize these credit cards.

Business Hours

Government offices open from 08:30-16:30 hrs. on Monday to Friday. Bangking hours are 08:30-15:30 hrs. on Monday to Friday. Business hours are from 08:00 or 08:30-17:00 hrs. on Monday to Friday. Most department stores operate from 10:00-21:00 hrs. all week.

Postal Services

Post offices are open from 09:00 until 15:30 hrs. Thai postal services are be unreliable. Important items can be sent by express mail service (EMS) from the mainland. This is faster and safer but the cost is higher. Private air couriers like DHL and UPS also have representatives on Phuket.

Telephone Services

For International Direct Dialling dial 001 + country code + area code + phone number.

Electricity

Thai electricity is 220 volts AC at 50 cycles. Several different plugs and sockets are in use, so travellers will need to be aware of this when using shavers, CD players or other appliances that requite power mains. Plug adapter kits are available. There are occasional blackouts and power variations, especially during rainy season.
 

Telephone Numbers & Useful Links
Telephone Number Information Hotline 1133  
Police (General Emergency Call) Hotline 191  
Tourist Police Hotline 1155  

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)

TAT Head Office

TAT Airport Office

Hotline 1672

0-2694-1222

0-2504-2702

www.tourismthailand.org
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Hotline 1555 www.bangkok.go.th

Immigration Office (Soi Suan Plue)

Immigration Office (Don Muang)

0-2287-3101

0-2535-1111, 0-2535-1076

 
Suvarnabhumi Airport 0-2723-0000 Ext.2080-83  
Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA)

Hotline 184, 0-2246-0973, 0-2246-0741-4

www.bmta.co.th
BTS Skytrain 0-2617-7300, 0-26177340, 0-2617-6000 www.bts.co.th
MRT Subway 0-2354-2000, 0-2624-5200 www.bangkokmetro.co.th
Thai Meteorogical Department Hotline 1182, 0-2399-4568-74 Ext.155 www.tmd.co.th
Bus Teminal
Eastern Bus Terminal (Ake-Ka-Mai)    

Air conditioned bus

0-2391-2504  

Southen Bus Terminal (Saitai)

 

 

Normal bus

0-2434-5557-8  

Air conditioned bus

0-2434-7192, 0-2435-1200  
Northern & Northeastern (Mor Chit Mai)    

Normal bus

0-2936-2852-66  

Air conditioned bus

0-2936-2841-8  
Embassies in Thailand & Telephone Numbers
The Australian Embassy in Thailand 0-2344-6300, 0-2344-6400 www.austembassy.or.th
The Austrian Embassy 0-2303-6057-9  
The Embassy of the Argentine Republic 0-2259-0401, 0-2259-9198  
The Embassy of the People's Republic of Bangladesh 0-2185-1340-1  
The Embassy of Belgium 0-2679-5454 www.diplomatie.be/bangkok
The Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil 0-2679-8567-8 www.brazilembassy.or.th
The British Embassy 0-2305-8333 www.britishembassy.gov.uk/thailand
The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria 0-2627-3872-3  
The Royal Embassy of Cambodia 0-2957-5851-2  
The Embassy of Canada 0-2636-0540  
The Embassy of the Republic of Chile 0-2251-9470 www.chile-thai.com
The Embassy of the People's Republic of China 0-22457033, 0-2245-7036  
The Royal Danish Embassy 0-2343-1100 www.ambbangkok.um.dk
The Embassy of Finland 0-2250-8801 www.finland.or.th
The French Embassy 0-2657-5100 www.ambafrance-th.org
The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany 0-2287-9000 www.bangkok.diplo.de
The Embassy of the Hellenic Republic 0-2679-1462  
The Embassy of the Republic of Hungary 0-2661-1150-2  
The Embassy of India 0-2258-0300-6  
The Embassy of Italy 0-2285-4090-3  
The Embassy of Japan 0-2696-3000, 0-2207-8500  
Embassy of the Republic of Korea 0-2247-7537-9  
The Embassy of Sweden 0-2263-7200 www.swedenabroad.com/bangkok
The Embassy of Switzerland 0-2253-0156-60 www.eda.admin.ch/bangkok
The Embassy of the United States of America 0-2205-4000, 0-2205-4049  
Embassy of Lao 0-2539-6667, 0-2539-7341 www.bkklaoembassy.com
Embassy of Ukraine 0-2685-3125 www.ukremb.or.th
Embassy of Maxico 0-2285-0995 www.sre.gob.mx/tailandia
Embassy the State of Qatar 0-2660-1111 www.qatarembassy.or.th
Embassy of Denmark 0-2343-1100 www.ambbangkok.um.dk
The Diplomatic Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan 0-2234-6365-66 www.kazembassythailand.org
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam 0-2267-9602 www.vietnamembassy.or.th
Royal Embassy of Spain 0-2661-8284, 0-2661-8287 www.embesp.or.th
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands 0-2-309-5200 www.netherlandsembassy.in.th
Embassy of the Russian Federation 0-2234-9824, 0-2268-1169  
Embassy of Norway 0-2204-6500 www.emb-norway.or.th
Embassy of the Philippines 0-2259-0139-40 www.philembassy-bangkok.net
The Consulate of Republic of Estonia 0-2690-3779 www.estonia.or.th
Embassy of the Czech Republic 0-2255-3027 www.czechembassy.org
Embassy the Republic of Poland 0-2645-0367-9 www.bangkok.polemb.net
Embassy of the Federal Nigeria 0-2711-3076, 0-2711-3078 www.embnigeriabkk.com
Embassy of Egypt 0-2661-7184 www.egypt-emb.or.th
Embassy of New Zealand 0-2654-3444 www.nzembassy.com
Embassy of Malaysia 0-2679-2190-99  

 







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