Useful Info for Visiting Thailand
Thailand is a predominantly Buddist country located in Southeast Asia, bordering Cambodia, Burma, Laos and Malaysia. The average flight time from the UK is around 17 hours, as most routes include a stop over. Thailand is 7 hours ahead of the UK and the local currency is Thai Baht, which has a high exchange rate, so make sure you do your research on payment methods beforehand to save you carrying around a wad of cash.
Although Thailand doesn’t have a strict dress policy, there are some dos and don’ts on respectful clothing. Make sure to pack summer clothes that will keep you cool, such as shorts, t-shirts, skirts and dresses. However, strappy tops and inappropriately revealing clothing are a no-no when in Thailand.
As the locals speak in Thai, it’s a good idea to learn the lingo before you go. To greet someone, say sa-wat dee, which means both ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’. For ‘thank you’, say khop koon or if you need to apologize to someone (which, hopefully you won’t), the word for ‘sorry’ is khor tort. Going to the markets or catching a tuk-tuk and need to know how much it is? Gee baht is ‘how much’ and, if you need it, lot noi dai mai is ‘can you make it cheaper’.