One of our favourite destinations in Southeast Asia, Thailand is a can’t miss for anyone heading to Asia for the first time. From the craziness of Bangkok to the pristine beaches that make up Thailand’s many islands, there are so many beautiful places to explore.
When To Visit: The climate varies throughout Thailand, with generally very good weather all year round. However, the best time to visit is between November and early April, during the dry season. The weather is still nice and warm, just without most of the rain and humidity.
International Airport: There are many international airports across Thailand, however the main ones are located in Bangkok and Phuket. Bangkok has two airports – Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) and Don Mueang International Airport (DMK), and then there’s also Phuket International Airport (HKT).
Visa Requirements: Most visitors to Thailand do not require a visa for stays under 30 days, including passport holders from Australia, USA, New Zealand and the UK. Always check the visa requirements from your country before you travel.
Time Zone: Thailand follows the Indochina Time Zone – GMT +7.
Currency: The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht ฿. At the time of writing, $1AUD converts to 21.83฿, $1USD converts to 31.75฿ and £1GBP converts to 40.50฿.
Credit Cards & ATMs: Credit cards are generally accepted in the larger cities around Thailand, but less so in beach towns and more remote areas. ATMs are widely accessible in most major areas, however it’s always a good idea to carry some cash on you while you’re in Thailand just in case.
Driving: Always drive on the left side of the road in Thailand.
Power: In Thailand the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B, C, F and O. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Internet Access: High speed wifi was very easy to access all across Thailand, with all major attractions, shopping centres, popular public places and many restaurants offering free wifi for visitors. No matter where you are you’re usually not more than a few steps away from wifi, with the exception of when you’re exploring inside temple grounds.
Visa Requirements: Visas are not required to enter the Cook Islands, but you will need to show your passport and the details of your return or onwards flight to enter and stay for 31 days. New Zealand citizens are automatically able to stay for up to 90 days.