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Good To Know
Questions and answers about travel Thailand.
What is the best form of transport to travel around Thailand?
We would suggest renting out a taxi driver for 1,000 to 2,000 THB per day for your Thailand holiday or even rent a car of your own for a similar price, but just make sure you have an international driving license. Big Bikes local licenses are currently under review.
Are there poisonous animals or insects in Thailand that I should be concerned about?
Yes, unfortunately, there are some poisonous/dangerous animals and insects, but I wouldn’t stay awake at night mulling over the issue. If you are staying in a major holiday destination in Phuket, Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Samui, and so-on, you won’t really come into contact with any. You might see the odd snake, but they tend to keep themselves to themselves and want no bother, which is great because that is exactly how we feel about them.
The Kingdom is home to some dangerous jellyfish, snakes, scorpions, centipedes and so on, but unless you are staying in a jungle environment or are swimming where you shouldn’t, everything will be okay. You might encounter a few snakes and black widows on Walking Street Pattaya or Pattaya Beach Road, but they will likely be of the human variety.
Can you drink water in Thailand directly from the tap?
If you don’t want to spend a day talking on the porcelain telephone to god, we would suggest that you do not drink the tap water in Thailand. It won’t kill you or anything like that, but with bottled water under 10 THB from the shop, no point in ‘testing the waters’ so the speak! Did you see how I did that? This is why our Thailand Q&A is so informative.
In case of emergencies, are the standards of hospitals any good?
Before we talk about standards for hospitals, you really need to ensure that you get a decent holiday insurance plan so you are covered for all unforeseen events, especially medical ones. It’s not that we want to curse your Thailand holiday before you get here or put the voodoo hex on you, but having the appropriate insurance coverage can literally save you tens of thousands of dollars… NO JOKING! Thailand is home to some of the best international hospitals you will ever see that are more akin to 5-star hotels. The Bangkok chain of hospitals have facilities in every major tourist city, but as we said, the prices are pelvis-shattering, so make sure you are covered. This Thailand Q&A can help you with many important issues.
Are the dental services in Thailand of a high standard?
They most certainly are. Thailand is known for having one of the best dental tourism scenes in the world. The dental treatment centres and specialists are top-notch and in most cases are actually geared to the influx of foreign tourists. Dental treatment prices in Thailand are approximately 60% cheaper than in Europe, Australia, or America, which is why so many westerners visit the Thai dental tourism scene for dental tourism vacations.
Easter is a Christian Holiday. Christians celebrate Easter in April. Thailand is in the majority a Buddhist Country. Second religion is Muslim, and a small minority is Christian. More people find Christianity interesting to see answers, especially when it comes to after-death. Easter is officially not a holiday. You might find some celebration in the local church and international hotels.
What happens if I get in a heated discussion with a local person?
Thai people are very friendly and courteous, but if you shout at them in the middle of the street in front of others or make them embarrassed in front of other people, you might end up in a fight. If you get in a heated discussion for any reason, stop what you are doing, smile, and everything should be okay. Do not lose your temper in public when dealing with locals.
Is it okay to use my credit cards in Thailand?
Major outlets and shops will all accept credit cards, just like any Western nation. However, many restaurants on the low end of the scale do not accept cards, and will only accept cash payment.
Is it easy to travel around Bangkok?
It is convenient to travel around Bangkok despite the heat. The common way to move around quickly is with the BTS (Sky Train) which will bring you to the most common areas around Bangkok. When you plan to move further, there are buses, minivan and taxies. Be aware of heavy traffic usually from 7-10 AM and 3PM-8PM.
How is the bus transportation between cities in Thailand?
Transportation in Thailand is excellent. Sometimes the bus system works even better than most countries in Asia. There are line buses between the different cities with regular departure times. Price ranges depending on distance and comfort.