Usefull Information


Thailand History:
History Timeline

 

     
Maps: Bangkok BTS Routemap
Hua Hin
Cha am

Phuket
Interesting Addresses: Ticket Confirmation Ticket-Ez : Pravit Pongstien : 12 Soi Petchburi 17, Petchburi Rd., Rajthewee, Bangkok 10400
Tel : 0 2254 4932 - 3; Fax : 0 2253 6922
General Information: Area:
Capital:
Population:
Language:
Main religion:
514,000 sq.km; Distance from North to South is 1.620 km
Bangkok (Krung Thep in Thai)
Approx. 70 Million without tourists
Thai (official), English (business)
Buddhism 95 %; Islam 4 %; Christians <1 %
Climate:

Best time to visit
Rain season
Hot Season

From November to March
From Mid June to November
From March to Mid June : Hot and dry

Local Time:
GMT +7

Transportation: Bangkok : - BTS (Skytrain) and MTR (subway) are easy, quick and relative inexpensive to visit Bangkok.
                   Service hours : every day from 06:00 till 24:00 hrs.    Here you can find the map.
                - Taxi : Not expensive but you can lose a lot of time in a traffic jam.
                   Most taxis in Thailand are metered, i.e., you don't need to negotiate a fare. Just get into a taxi that says "TAXI-METER" on the top
,
                   the fare starts at 35 baht and stays there for the first 1 kilometer, and then the rate creeps up slowly.
     

Electricity:

Voltage: 220V, 50Hz
No converters needed
Tipping :
It is customary to tip porters and hotel personnel who have given you a good service.
A 10%-15% tip is appreciated in restaurants, particularly where service charge does not apply.

Photography :
International film manufacturers operate photo-finishing services with standard prints ready within an hour.
Films are available countrywide at reasonable prices. The european standard for photo 10 x 15 is called in Thailand 'Jumbo' size.

Public Holidays (2014):
January 1:
February 14:
April 6:
April 13-15:
May 1:
May 5:
May 13:
July 11:
August 12:
October 23:
December 5:
December 10:
December 31:
New Year’s Day.
Makha Puja - Commemorates the Spontaneous Gathering of 1,250 Disciples.
Chakri Day - Commemorates the Establishment of the Royal House of Chakri.
Songkran Festival -Celebration of the Thai New Year with water battles.
Labour Day.
Coronation Day.
Visakha Puja - Commemorating the Birth, Enlightenment and the Death of the Lord Buddha. Asalha Puja - Commemorating the Lord Buddha’s First Sermon.
Birthday of H.M. the Queen.
Chulalongkorn Day.
Birthday of H.M. the King.
Constitution Day.
New Year’s Eve.
Some Thai Words:

 

 Hello, Goodbye
Never mind
Yes
No
Hot
Cold
Sweet
Sour
Delicious
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Sawasdee Khrup (for a man); Sawasdee Kha (for a woman)
Mai pen rai
Chai
Mai
Ron (heat); Phet (Food)
Yen
Waan
Prio
Aroy
Nung
Song
Sam
Sii
Haa
Hok
Jet
Pat
Kow
Sip
Thai Currency:
Thai baht : 100 Bath = +/- 2,50 Euro

Business hours :

Follow this link for the actual exchangerate : XchangeRate : Euro <> Thb

Banks : Monday-Friday :  9.30 am - 3.30 pm
Business                     :  9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Department Stores       : 10.00 am - 9.00 pm

New 2018

 
   
   
   
Old
 
 
 
New 2018
Old
Gold

1 Bath of Gold = 15,244 gram

Purchase price for 1 bath Gold in Jewelry :

Thai Gold Price

2013 = 18.400 Thb
2014 = 18.500 Thb
2015 = 18.200 Thb
2016 = 20.284 Thb
2017 = 19.988 Thb
  2018 = 20,100 Thb

2007 = 13.300 Thb
2006 = 10.850 Thb
2005 = 10.050 Thb
2004 = 08.300 Thb
2003 = 07.750 Thb

2012 = 25.350 Thb
2011 = 23.350 Thb
2010 = 19.350 Thb
2009 = 17.350 Thb
2008 = 14.300 Thb

Do’s and don’ts

Thailand is justly celebrated for its tolerance and hospitality, and the average tourist will have no difficulty in adjusting to the locals customs.
All the same, as when coming into any unfamiliar society, a visitor may find it helpful to be aware of certain do's and don'ts and avoid giving accidental offense. Basically, most of these are simply a matter of common sense and good manners-not really all that different from the way one would behave in one's own country-but a few special enough to be pointed out.

Religion :

Always be respectful about Buddhism. Dress correctly in temples (wear sleeves, do not wear short pants etc.). Dress neatly.
Don't go shirtless, or in shorts, pants, or other unsuitable attire. If you look at the Thais around you, you'll see the way they would
prefer you to be dressed -- which, in fact, is probably not different from the way you'd dress in a similar place back home.
It's all right to wear shoes while walking around the compound of a Buddhist temple, but not inside the chapel where the principal Buddha image is kept. Don't worry about dirt when you have to take them off; the floors of such places are usually clean.

All Buddha images, large or small, ruined or not, are regarded as sacred objects. Hence, don't climb up on one to take a photograph or,
generally speaking, do anything that might show a lack of respect.

Buddhist priests are forbidden to touch or to be touched by a women or to accept anything from the hand of one. If a woman has to give
anything to a monk or novice, she first hands it to a man, who then presents it. Or in case of a woman who wants to present it with her hand, the monk or novice will spread out a piece of saffron robe or handkerchief in front of him, and the woman will down the material on the robe which is being held at one end by the monk or novice.

Don't export any Buddha images, works of art or antiques

Royal Family :

The Thai people have a deep, traditional reverence for their Royal Family, and a visitor should also show respect for the King, the Queen,
and the royal children. In a cinema, for example, a portrait of the King is shown during the playing of the royal anthem,
and the audience is expected to stand. When attending some public event at which a member of Royal Family is present,
the best guide as to how to behave is probably to watch the crowd and do what it does.

Social Behavior :

The don'ts of Thai social behavior are less clearly defined than those concerning the monarchy or religion-especially in city like
Bangkok where western customs are better know and more widely accepted. However, what is acceptable in Bangkok may not be in
the countryside where the old ways are still strong. Always be respectful to the elderly, in every situation. If you are bargaining at the
market with a seller who is obviously older than you are, or if you are bargaining with a tuk-tuk driver who is older than you, do this in a
polite way, with a smile on your face and don't be rude.
(Apart from being considered to be a polite person, as a bonus you will see the result in the price!)

Take your shoes off before entering a Thai house, if you are invited to visit somebody in his/her home. Do the same at other places
where the Thai people do so too (for instance before entering beauty salons, hair dressers etc.
Have some patience when you have to do business in a bank or in a post office. Sometimes you will have to wait for a long time,
but the Thais are accustomed to that and will find your behavior quite badly if you become impatient. Just relax and wait for your turn.

Thais do not normally shake hands when they greet one another, but instead press the palms together. in a prayer-like gesture called a wai.
Generally, a younger person wais an older, who returns it. Watch how the Thais do it, and you will soon learn.

It is considered rude to point your foot at a person, so try to avoid doing so when sitting opposite anyone, and following the conception that
the foot is a low limb; do not point you foot to show anything to anyone, but use you finger instead.
This is considered as highly impolite, as the feet are considered as the most inferior parts of the human body. And do not sit on the floor
of a Temple with your feet pointing at the Buddha Image!
Neither is it acceptable to ever touch money with your foot (should a baht bill drop to the floor, for example) because all currency has
the king's likeness on it."

Thais regard the head as the highest part of body, both literally and figuratively. As a result they do not approve of touching anyone on
that part of body; even in a friendly gesture. Similarly, if you watch Thais a social gathering, you will notice that young people go to
considerable lengths to keep their hands lower than those of the older ones, to avoid giving the impression of "looking down" of them.
This is not always possible, of course, but it is the effort that counts.

Losing your temper, especially in public, will more than likely get you nowhere. The Thais thinks such displays denote poor manners,
and you are more apt to get what you want by keeping a cool head concealing your emotions.

Do not be surprised if you are addressed by you first name; for instance, Mr. Bob or Miss Mary instead of by your surname.
This is because Thais refer to one another in this manner, usually with the title "Khun" (MR.., Mrs.., Miss) in front.
Follow the customs of any country as far as possible, and you will make more friends during your stay. The more friends you make,
the more you will want to return to Thailand.

Don't kiss in public, don't walk with your arms around each other. These things are considered very impolite in Thailand.
Don’t think that Thai women are "easily available". Though around 1% of the female population is working in the sex industry,
this also means that 99% is not working there! You can get yourself in big trouble if you offend a woman in this way.
Her husband may find he should take revenge, which could be very unpleasant for you.

Never take any packages through Thai customs for anybody! If you are caught carrying drugs, you risk the death penalty or life in prison.
And prisons in Thailand are not exactly like the Hilton.

Don’t buy bus, tickets from anyone, except from an official at a bus terminal. The bus you buy your ticket for elsewhere might never be leaving
or in the best case you will pay too much. If you use a Travel Agency for tickets (or other services), make sure they are licensed by the
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Of course the Travel Agencies in hotels can be trusted and are licensed.

Don’t finish the dishes when you are having dinner with Thai friends in a restaurant.
Your Thai friends will keep ordering more, until you leave something on your dish, so that they can clearly see that you have had enough!

Don't drink the tap water. Bottled water is available everywhere.

Do take care of your valuables at all times and report any loss immediately to the nearest tourist police office.

Don't buy gemstones or jewelry unless it is from a reputable dealer. Many sophisticated scams have sprung up over recent years.
Whether the tout is dressed as a student, a monk or a policeman, identity card and all, deal only with a registered gemstone dealer.

Do be careful with your passport. Be on guard against pickpockets or inadvertent loss.

Don't overstay. Fines are imposed for each day you stay in Thailand beyond the date of the visa expiry. Do reconfirm your return flight.

Don’t leave home without travel insurance, and ensure that it covers both medical treatment including medical evacuation to your home country
and unexpected losses / expenses (eg missing charter flight, losing passport, having cash and credit cards stolen).
Accidents and robberies do happen in Thailand and the health risks are greater than in Europe.

Don’t get involved in any way with drugs. Penalties are very severe - 10 years to the DEATH penalty for trafficking.
DON'T carry anything through customs for someone else unless you know exactly what it contains.

Do take care of your valuables at all times. Don’t let them out of your sight or leave them unattended unless you are sure that they are safe.
Do be on your guard against pickpockets and bag-snatchers as you would in any busy tourist resort and never accept a drink or food from
a stranger, they may be drugged. Do report any loss immediately to the nearest tourist police.

Driving in Thailand? Driving conditions are very different from those in your home country and most vehicles are not insured,
be particularly aware of other road users. Do be careful if you hire a car or motorcycle, don’t use firms which are not prepared to give you full insurance cover. Do wear a crash helmet on a motorcycle.