Essentials

 Preparing for your trip? With these 4 essentials, you’ll be prepared for anything your trip throws at you

Essentials

 

 Preparing for your trip? With these 4 essentials, you’ll be prepared for anything your trip throws at you
Currency & banking

The official currency of Thailand is the Thai BAHT (pronounced – baaht)

Weather & Climate

Thailand has three official seasons: hot, cool, and wet.

Transport

There are various transportation options provided for tourists.

Sim Cards

Get a sim card and get connected. We recommend using AIS.

Currency and banking

Most Thai banks now charge a 200 baht fee per withdrawal when you use their ATMs with a foreign card. The exception is AEON machines found in many big stores such as Tesco Lotus and major shopping malls. They charge 150 baht.

  • Your home bank may also levy a fee.
  • Using ATMs is a safer option than cash and more convenient than T/Cs.
  • This may be the way to go if your home bank does not charge high fees.
  • ATMs are plentiful and located just about everywhere.
  • Most Thai ATM machines will deliver a maximum of 20 banknotes per withdrawal, so the effective limit of an ATM withdrawal is 20,000 baht.
  • NOTE that many ATMs may offer to automatically convert the charge to your home currency. Refuse this option. This is Dynamic Currency Conversion and the exchange rate will be considerably lower (on the order of 5-7%) than the rate normally applied by your home bank. So if an ATM asks “Convert to [your home currency]?” just choose “no.” See more about Dynamic Currency Conversion below.

*Prepaid Cash Cards – Like debit cards, may also be subject to fees by the issuer as well as the Thai bank.

Remember, you DO NOT need any Thai baht before your arrival in the Kingdom. To get baht ahead of time will subject you to a considerably poorer rate of exchange plus probable commission fees.

We advise you to set up a Thai bank account with Kasikorn Bank and Siam Commercial Bank, for when you start teaching and earning a monthly salary.

Most Thai banks now charge a 200 baht fee per withdrawal when you use their ATMs with a foreign card. The exception is AEON machines found in many big stores such as Tesco Lotus and major shopping malls. They charge 150 baht.

  • Your home bank may also levy a fee.
  • Using ATMs is a safer option than cash and more convenient than T/Cs.
  • This may be the way to go if your home bank does not charge high fees.
  • ATMs are plentiful and located just about everywhere.
  • Most Thai ATM machines will deliver a maximum of 20 banknotes per withdrawal, so the effective limit of an ATM withdrawal is 20,000 baht.
  • NOTE that many ATMs may offer to automatically convert the charge to your home currency. Refuse this option. This is Dynamic Currency Conversion and the exchange rate will be considerably lower (on the order of 5-7%) than the rate normally applied by your home bank. So if an ATM asks “Convert to [your home currency]?” just choose “no.” See more about Dynamic Currency Conversion below.

*Prepaid Cash Cards – Like debit cards, may also be subject to fees by the issuer as well as the Thai bank.

Remember, you DO NOT need any Thai baht before your arrival in the Kingdom. To get baht ahead of time will subject you to a considerably poorer rate of exchange plus probable commission fees.

We advise you to set up a Thai bank account with Kasikorn Bank and Siam Commercial Bank, for when you start teaching and earning a monthly salary.

The official currency of Thailand is the Thai BAHT (pronounced – baaht).

 

  • Major credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, JCB and American Express, are readily accepted at most hotels, airlines, restaurants and upscale merchants.
  • To prevent your credit/debit card from being declined, it is important to advise your card issuer of your travel plans in advance.
  • Some institutions routinely block/deny unexpected charges from Thai merchants for fear of possible fraudulent use.

The official currency of Thailand is the Thai BAHT (pronounced – baaht).

 

  • Major credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, JCB and American Express, are readily accepted at most hotels, airlines, restaurants and upscale merchants.
  • To prevent your credit/debit card from being declined, it is important to advise your card issuer of your travel plans in advance.
  • Some institutions routinely block/deny unexpected charges from Thai merchants for fear of possible fraudulent use.

BE RESPECTFUL WHEN HANDLING THAI CURRENCY!

All currency in Thailand, paper and coin, bears a portrait of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej or a deceased relative.

Remember that Thailand has harsh lèse majesté laws which are strictly enforced.

These laws expressly prohibit any act – verbal, physical or written, that shows insolent or disrespectful behaviour toward the royal family.
With this in mind;

  • DO NOT EVER step on a coin to stop it from rolling away.
  • DO NOT step on a Thai banknote to stop it from blowing away.
  • DO NOT throw a note or coin in anger towards another person.
  • DO NOT tear, burn or otherwise deface a note or coin.

These acts can easily be perceived as disrespectful toward His Majesty The King, or another member of the royal family (and may be considered highly offensive to any Thai person who witnessed such an occurrence).

Please show respect accordingly.

BE RESPECTFUL WHEN HANDLING THAI CURRENCY!

All currency in Thailand, paper and coin, bears a portrait of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej or a deceased relative.

Remember that Thailand has harsh lèse majesté laws which are strictly enforced.

These laws expressly prohibit any act – verbal, physical or written, that shows insolent or disrespectful behaviour toward the royal family.
With this in mind;

  • DO NOT EVER step on a coin to stop it from rolling away.
  • DO NOT step on a Thai banknote to stop it from blowing away.
  • DO NOT throw a note or coin in anger towards another person.
  • DO NOT tear, burn or otherwise deface a note or coin.

These acts can easily be perceived as disrespectful toward His Majesty The King, or another member of the royal family (and may be considered highly offensive to any Thai person who witnessed such an occurrence).

Please show respect accordingly.

Weather and Climate

 Seasons in Thailand

Cool season (November – February)

The temperature can get really cool in Northern and Northeastern Thailand in this period, especially on high hills and mountains, where tourists can experience the beauty of sea of mists and winter flowers. Chiang Mai weather is also best at this time of the year.

The weather in Central, Northeastern and Northern regions is mostly cool and dry between November and February. The southern region has two seasons “dry and rainy”, not experiencing ‘cool’ weather per se, but sunshine without the unbearable heat, beginning in late November until April.

 

Cool season (November – February)

The temperature can get really cool in Northern and Northeastern Thailand in this period, especially on high hills and mountains, where tourists can experience the beauty of sea of mists and winter flowers. Chiang Mai weather is also best at this time of the year.

The weather in Central, Northeastern and Northern regions is mostly cool and dry between November and February. The southern region has two seasons “dry and rainy”, not experiencing ‘cool’ weather per se, but sunshine without the unbearable heat, beginning in late November until April.

 

Hot season ( March – June)

The hot season is from the middle of February to the middle of May, with April being the hottest month. Interesting places to visit during this period are beaches and islands in the South and the East of Thailand

Hot season ( March – June)

The hot season is from the middle of February to the middle of May, with April being the hottest month. Interesting places to visit during this period are beaches and islands in the South and the East of Thailand

Rainy season (July – October)

The wet or rainy season starts from the middle of May to the middle of October, when rain will become less frequent and the weather in upper Thailand, especially the North and the Northeast, will get cooler, while rain in the South will continue until December. Popular activities during this time of the year include visiting hills and mountains and enjoying scenery of rice terraces in the North, which will look different from the cool season.

Rainy season (July – October)

The wet or rainy season starts from the middle of May to the middle of October, when rain will become less frequent and the weather in upper Thailand, especially the North and the Northeast, will get cooler, while rain in the South will continue until December. Popular activities during this time of the year include visiting hills and mountains and enjoying scenery of rice terraces in the North, which will look different from the cool season.

Transport

 There are various transportation options provided for tourists – by land, by air, and by boat.

Land

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Traveling on the road is the main choice if you wish to go through provinces within Thailand.

Public Transportation: either long-distance or short-distance trips in Bangkok or other provinces, tourists can travel around by bus, by train, by sky train, by subway, by van, and by Song Taew (small pick-up truck with two rows of bench).

Taxi: Bangkok and big provinces have metered taxis.
Tuk Tuk: a three-wheeled motorcycle which becomes a symbol of Thailand and can be found around Bangkok and in some provinces.

Motorcycle Taxi: motorcycle taxis can be found close to street intersections or small allies for quick transportation and short distances.

Rental Car and Motorcycle: visitors who want to have independent travel or do not want to waste their time waiting for public transport can rent a car or a motorcycle from local companies as well as international chains.

Boat

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Thailand has two long coastlines – the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman coast islands. Also, there are many rivers and canals throughout the country including Bangkok, which once was called ‘the Venice of the East.’ The long-tail boats are the main transport on rivers and canals in Bangkok and neighbouring provinces.

Visitors can also have a boat trip or river cruise in Bangkok or a trip for snorkelling, fishing or squid fishing in other provinces.

Air

 

There are many domestic air routes from Bangkok and provincial capitals. Two main airports in Bangkok are Don Mueang International Airport and Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Land

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Traveling on the road is the main choice if you wish to go through provinces within Thailand.

Public Transportation: either long-distance or short-distance trips in Bangkok or other provinces, tourists can travel around by bus, by train, by sky train, by subway, by van, and by Song Taew (small pick-up truck with two rows of bench).

Taxi: Bangkok and big provinces have metered taxis.
Tuk Tuk: a three-wheeled motorcycle which becomes a symbol of Thailand and can be found around Bangkok and in some provinces.

Motorcycle Taxi: motorcycle taxis can be found close to street intersections or small allies for quick transportation and short distances.

Rental Car and Motorcycle: visitors who want to have independent travel or do not want to waste their time waiting for public transport can rent a car or a motorcycle from local companies as well as international chains.

Boat

teach-travel-thailand-teach-english-teaching-jobs-in-thailand-TEFL-TESOL-course-thailand-transport-boats-600

 

Thailand has two long coastlines – the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman coast islands. Also, there are many rivers and canals throughout the country including Bangkok, which once was called ‘the Venice of the East.’ The long-tail boats are the main transport on rivers and canals in Bangkok and neighbouring provinces.

Visitors can also have a boat trip or river cruise in Bangkok or a trip for snorkelling, fishing or squid fishing in other provinces.

Air

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There are many domestic air routes from Bangkok and provincial capitals. Two main airports in Bangkok are Don Mueang International Airport and Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

Sim Cards

 Get connected…

You will want to stay connected while you are teaching and traveling in the land of smiles, buying a prepaid SIM card is a straightforward and inexpensive process. Data allowances are generally quite generous and you will get coverage and connection almost everywhere.

We recommend using AIS. AIS has the best coverage and largest market share, plus a large network of Wi-Fi hotspots you can access as part of the more expensive packages. It seems like you’re rarely far from one of these hotspots in any good-sized city or town, and they don’t count towards your mobile data allowance. You can buy top-ups for your phone pretty much anywhere in Thailand, including many convenience stores, AIS retail locations, and several other places.

You will want to stay connected while you are teaching and traveling in the land of smiles, buying a prepaid SIM card is a straightforward and inexpensive process. Data allowances are generally quite generous and you will get coverage and connection almost everywhere.

We recommend using AIS. AIS has the best coverage and largest market share, plus a large network of Wi-Fi hotspots you can access as part of the more expensive packages. It seems like you’re rarely far from one of these hotspots in any good-sized city or town, and they don’t count towards your mobile data allowance. You can buy top-ups for your phone pretty much anywhere in Thailand, including many convenience stores, AIS retail locations, and several other places.