Travel to Thailand should bring you close to the country’s rich traditions, renowned natural features and gracious people. Whether you’re interested in Buddhism or Muay Thai (Thai boxing), are longing to see Thailand’s awe-inspiring mountains and beaches, or want to explore colorful cities like Bangkok, the resources in this guide will help. Find cheap flights to Thailand, learn how to get around the country, find a place to stay and gain a better understanding of Thailand’s attractions and culture.
A Southeast Asian neighbor to Laos and Cambodia, located north of Malaysia and south of Myanmar, ... read more »
Recent events in Thailand, including a political coup and an insurgency in the south, should encourage travelers to learn more, not to feel alarmed. This section points you to necessary logistical information, as well as to resources on Thai customs, traditions, and social and political history.
- Nearly 95 percent of Thailand’s people are Buddhist, and just under 5 percent are Muslim.
- Although plenty of people speak English in Thailand, this Web site compiled a list of “10 Essential Thai Words and Phrases” that can help you make a good impression with the locals.
- When researching Thailand, you’ll frequently come across the domain name .th, the Internet domain name for the country. When making international phone calls, the country code for Thailand is +66.
For travel documents and safety advice …
The U.S. Department of State
provides much of the logistical information that you need to know before heading to Thailand. Find information on entry requirements, passports and visas. The site also alerts you to any existing safety concerns in Thailand.
For health and vaccinations …
For currency conversion …
provides the conversion rates for various currencies into Thai baht. Use the “Currency Calculator
” on the left to convert other currencies. Thailand’s currency is called baht. One U.S. dollar is equivalent to about 31 Thai baht.
For culture and etiquette …
is meant for backpackers but has information about the customs and traditions of Thailand that are applicable to any visitor. The site uses a flippant approach to hammer home some of the messages and express the fact that foreigners (Westerners) have a proclivity to be oblivious to other customs.
ABL Tours & Travel
has a helpful page with useful tips for homosexual travelers. Scroll down to the “Gay And Lesbian Travellers” heading (about halfway down the page) to learn how Thailand treats gay and lesbian visitors.
arranges budget vacations, but this Web page does a great job explaining Thai etiquette. Speaking, patience, gestures, bathrooms and feet are some of the varied topics mentioned on the site.
outlines Thai etiquette, including issues of body parts. For example, in Thailand, the foot is considered the “lowest limb” both literally and figuratively. Pointing the sole of your foot at another person is offensive, as is using your foot to point to anything. In contrast, the head is a very hallowed body part, so you should not touch someone else on the head.
For religion …
, the Web site of the Buddha Dharma Education Association, explains some Buddhist holidays, customs and traditions. Holidays, funerals and marriage rites are all explained in relation to Buddhism in general. Take a look at “The Thai Buddhist Calendar
” page to learn when the Buddhist holy days are observed in Thailand.
For advice from travelers …
prides itself on being a “community.” This page is a compilation of photos, stories and tips related to all things Thailand. Click on a province or city to find useful resources from those who have been there before. There are a lot of subtopics to explore, ranging from history to martial arts to working abroad. Travelers are free to post any suggestions they may have.
For Thai food …
Enjoy Thai Food
is a collection of blogs for Thai food enthusiasts interested in learning more about the cuisine and how it’s prepared. If you’re traveling to Thailand and don’t know what to expect, browse the blogs to learn about classic Thai dishes. Scroll down the left sidebar to explore Thai food by region under the “Stories about Thai Food” heading.
For politics and current events …
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK
does a particularly thorough job explaining the current political climate in Thailand, pointing out where you need to be careful. Read about the unrest in the southern provinces, the recent government coup and the potential threat of terrorism.
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