We are frequently asked questions about Bangkok so we decided to group a collection of the most common ones here – they are particularly helpful if you are planning your first trip to Thailand. From simple queries you might have when packing to information we have gathered over our many years in Bangkok, hopefully everyone will find something useful here. We will keep adding to the page over time, so if you have any questions about Bangkok, send us an email by following the link at the bottom of the page and we will do our best to answer them for you.
What is the Thai currency?
The currency of Thailand is the Thai baht. Roughly speaking, US$1 equals 30 baht.
The baht comes in the following denominations:
Bank notes: 1,000, 500, 100, 50 and 20
Coins: 10, 5, 2, 1.
What type of plugs are used in Thailand?
Thailand uses a two pin plug socket. The standard voltage is 220V.
What vaccinations are needed for Thailand?
No vaccine is required but if you are concerned then it is best to contact your consulate directly. If you are travelling into very rural areas, you might consider antimalarial medication.
Where can I pick up a SIM Card?
Mobile phone SIM cards can be picked up in any 7-Eeleven or other convenience store. Look out for mobile phone service providers in the airport who will often provide the SIM card for free – you just buy the credit.
Can I drive in Thailand?
Strictly speaking, you should have a Thai or international drivers licence to operate a motor vehicle in Thailand, but, in reality many car rental shops will allow you to rent a car with your driving license from your home country.
Can I drink the ice?
Yes, consuming the ice here is not dangerous at all.
The government claims the water out the tap is fine to drink too, but we strongly advise you to buy bottled water.
How Much Money Should I bring?
The simple answer is to bring your ATM card and withdraw money as and when you need it. ATM machines can be found outside most convenience stores, in public transport stations and shopping malls. There is often a fee charged by your home bank for withdrawing money in a foreign country. See this guide to The Cost of Living in Thailand.
Should I book my hotel online before I travel or book once I arrive in Thailand?
Certainly you should book your accommodation before you travel. Not only is it much cheaper but Thai Immigration could prevent you from entering the country without a known address.