Thai. English is widely spoken at beach resorts.

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.

Voltage & Electricity:

220 volts AC, 50Hz and two-pin plugs are standard. 

Events & Festivals:

•   April: Songkran traditional New Year celebrations, countrywide.
•   June, September to October: International Festival of Dance & Music, Bangkok.
•   December: His Majesty the Late King's Birthday

Transfers and getting around:

Tuk tuks are the most convenient way of getting around most cities and resorts in Thailand.

Good to know:

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

•   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.
•   Never pat a Thai on the head – they see it as the highest part of the body, both literally and figuratively.


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%.