Language:

Thai

Passport and Visas:

•  You need a full EU 10-year passport. We recommend that the expiry date is at least six months after your arrival back in the UK.
•  You only need a visa if you’re staying longer than 30 days (29 nights), and you can get one from the Thai Embassy.

Events & Festivals:

February-March
Bangkok Gem & Jewellery Fair
Head to the Impact Exhibition & Convention Center to view collections and fashion shows.

March
Bangkok Jazz Festival
Central World Plaza hosts this musical event, where over 30,000 revellers gather to watch local and international artists perform.

International Dance Festival
Watch a range of free dance performances and attend workshops, art exhibitions and markets.

April
Songkran
Celebrate this Buddhist New Year festival in Bangkok, with water sprinkled for good luck. This tends to escalate, so be prepared to have buckets of water hurled over you!

May
Coronation Day
Thais celebrate the coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej with religious ceremonies, sport and dance.

June-July
Thaifex – World of Food Asia
Head to Bangkok’s Impact Centre to try delicious dishes as Thai chefs compete in this culinary event.

August
HM the Queen’s Birthday
Thais revere their royal family, and celebrate the Queen’s birthday with coloured lights, decorations and a festival.

December
Trooping of the Colours
Watch this Royal Guards parade in celebration of the King’s birthday.

HM the King’s Birthday
On the King’s birthday there are decorations and a cultural and musical festival.

Good to know:

Dialling code
+66 2

Religion
Theravada Buddhism. Minority religions include Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism.

Etiquette
•   Thais revere their royal family, so never express disregard for it.
•   Outward expressions of anger are regarded as crude and boorish.
•   Each Buddha image - large or small, ruined or not - is considered sacred. Never climb onto one to take a photograph or do anything that might show lack of respect.
•   Public displays of affection between couples are frowned upon. Westernised Thai couples may hold hands but that’s as far as it goes in polite society.
•   It is considered rude to point your foot at a person or object.

The Grand Palace will be closed 01-29 October 2017 for the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Any visits to the Grand Palace as part of excursions or tours will be replaced by a suitable alternative. Please note roads may be temporarily blocked as a result.

Tipping:

Tip porters and hotel staff if you’re happy with their service. If a service charge isn’t added to your restaurant bill, tip 10-15%.