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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.

Is it safe to walk the streets of Thailand late at night?

I would say that you can find trouble anywhere if you are that kind of person or you are looking for trouble! It seems that every time something happens to a Westerner in Thailand, the story always makes the international news, which gives people the wrong impression on the safety of a Thailand holiday. I have lived here for over a decade and have never encountered a problem walking the streets at night. Where I come from in England is much more dangerous than Thailand, and even my home town isn’t that dangerous, especially when compared to the back alleyways of any American city. The unequivocal answer is YES, IT IS SAFE!

How much is the Bus in Bangkok?

There are non-aircon and airconditioned buses in Bangkok. Prices depend on distance and comfort. In average a non-aircon bus costs 6-9 baht while an airconditioned bus costs 12 baht and more.  

Is it okay to rent out a motorbike in Thailand?

If you do not have an international driving license, we would say NO, do not rent a bike. You can rent one with your passport alone, but if you get caught by the numerous police checkpoints in Thailand without a license, it can get you a fine or even in more hot water depending on how the police feel that day. With taxi prices and car rental prices so cheap, keep away from the motorbikes if possible.

Is using drugs legal in Thailand?

Not. Be aware of this. Too many times party goers and travellers try to purchase drugs when they come here. Wrong! Never forget that in Thailand the possession and use of drugs are strictly forbidden that can let you end up in prison for a long time which is not worth the party.

Is Gambling Permitted in Thailand?

Nope. Gambling in Thailand is forbidden. Don't get tempted as you might up in prison. Even some expat retirees who played bridge were caught and had to undergo severe questioning. The Thai police released them on bail. Members had broken the playing cards act, a law from 1935. Do not get there as it gets you in challenging situations. 

What are the Clubs and Bars Opening and Closing Times?

Opening and Closing times in Thailand compared to other countries have been restricted. Bars usually close at midnight. There might be exceptions when they have a license. Clubs typically close around 2 AM. 

Can You Buy Alcohol in Thailand during the Day?

It is forbidden to consume alcohol during the day. You can buy alcohol from 5 PM onwards. There are always ways around it. It might be more flexible in the tourist cities and in hotels. Know that when you walk drinking alcohol in the streets that this is against the law and is offensive to Thai people.

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Questions About Thai Culture

What is Songkran?

Songkran is the Thai New Year's celebration which takes place around April. You probably know Songkran as the water festival. Underneath the festival is for Thai people to return and celebrate at home with food and receive blessings from the parents.  

When is Songkran in Thailand?

Songkran Festival or Thai New Year is a nationwide festival. During this time offices and most shops get closed and a massive movement of Thai people goes homewards to celebrate Songkran with their family. Songkran in Thailand will be from 13-15 April 2018. Expect the public transportation, hotels and guesthouses full so booking during this period is an absolute must. 

The Yi Ping Festival is a traditional Thai festival where Thai people visit the monks at the temple for meditation and offer lanterns to the monks. You probably know the most famous traditions when Thai people release the lanterns into the sky.

How Do You Know Songkran is a Buddhist Festival?

Songkran or Thai New Year is rich in tradition. The festival has grown to become a tourist attraction where you get soaked from all the water throwing. In essence and for the Thai people, Songkran festival has an exact origin where it starts with merit making and a visit to the temple in the early morning followed with some water pouring on Buddha statues and seniors or washing the feet of elderly bring you forgiveness, blessings and fortune. Drinking alcohol, partying and getting drunk is in no way the true meaning of Songkran.

Partying in Thailand

S2O Festival is a massive electronic dance music festival. The festival takes place during Songkran and welcomes primary DJ's to perform at the three-day festival. S2O brings people, like yourself, together for the wettest water-soaking party in Asia and around the world with thousands of litres water being spilt.  

Where is S2O Festival?

S2O Festival takes place in Bangkok during Songkran. S2O Festival has moved to Live Park on Rama 9 Road in Bangkok . Rama 9 is easy to access with the bus as well as the airport link stops nearby. There are free shuttle buses between 15:00 -24:00 on these days picking you up from BTS Ekamai or Airport Link Ramkhamhaeng and return to Airport Link Ramkhamhaeng, Liberty Thong Lor and Golden Place Ekamai Ramindra.

Where are the best Pool Parties in Bangkok?

Pool parties have seen enormous growth over the last few years. Most hotels have copied the concept to cash in on this widespread phenomenon. There are only thee parties which have earned reputation and taken off  in the Thai pool party market, which are:

  • Sofitel So is one of the best viewed and visited pool parties in town and where the HISO audience goes. 
  • Westin is the one to watch and be seen at the monthly pool parties taking place. 
  • W Hotels is one of the eyeopening pool parties in town and worth your visit.

These are probably the best pool parties in town and worth a visit during your weekend. 

Things to Know before Traveling to Thailand

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.

Is it safe to walk the streets of Thailand late at night?

I would say that you can find trouble anywhere if you are that kind of person or you are looking for trouble! It seems that every time something happens to a Westerner in Thailand, the story always makes the international news, which gives people the wrong impression on the safety of a Thailand holiday. I have lived here for over a decade and have never encountered a problem walking the streets at night. Where I come from in England is much more dangerous than Thailand, and even my home town isn’t that dangerous, especially when compared to the back alleyways of any American city. The unequivocal answer is YES, IT IS SAFE!

How much costs a taxi in Bangkok?

Taxi's in Bangkok are usually not expensive. The departure rate is 35 Baht which is a little more than one US dollar. You can comfortably travel around for 60 - 100 Baht when there is no traffic. From Bangkok centre - Suvarnabhumi airport usually costs around 300-350 baht.  The risk lies in the integrity of the taxi driver. There are some who are proud of their city and would love to show it to you. There is where the meter rises. 

What is the voltage of electricity?

You thought all these questions would be interesting, didn’t you? WRONG. This one is a very practical Q&A that could save your power adapters blowing up or some other unfortunate electrical incident. The electric voltage in Thailand is 220 volts, 50 cycles per second. In Thailand, you mainly use a two-prong plug, so if you want to bring along your own electrical items such as a laptop computer or some kind of torturing device, make sure you bring a converter along!

 

How to go to Bitec?

You can easily get from Bangkok centre to Bitec. The fastest way is with the BTS Skytrain which will take up to 30 minutes depending where you are. Step out at Bangna Station and from there walk over the bridge into BITEC

Will I need to speak Thai in order to get by on holiday?

You will find that in major tourist destinations such as Pattaya, Bangkok, Samui, Chiang Mai, Koh Lanta, and more, you will be able to get by if you speak English. The Thai language is not needed in these areas, which is lucky because it is a difficult language to even master the basics. If you are travelling through local Thai towns and cities, you might need to take along a translation book, just in case.

How much is the Bus in Bangkok?

There are non-aircon and airconditioned buses in Bangkok. Prices depend on distance and comfort. In average a non-aircon bus costs 6-9 baht while an airconditioned bus costs 12 baht and more.  

What is a Tuk Tuk in Thailand?

A Tuk Tuk is a comfortable way of transport throughout Thailand. Each city has its type of tuk-tuk. In Phuket, you will find small Daihatsu vehicles while in the north you might sit in a classic kind. The tuk-tuk is a motorised version of the bicycle rickshaw. Drivers usually take drivers around to tourist spots. It is essential to agree on the price and the destination before you take the ride.

Is it okay to rent out a motorbike in Thailand?

If you do not have an international driving license, we would say NO, do not rent a bike. You can rent one with your passport alone, but if you get caught by the numerous police checkpoints in Thailand without a license, it can get you a fine or even in more hot water depending on how the police feel that day. With taxi prices and car rental prices so cheap, keep away from the motorbikes if possible.

If I want to book a tour, are there trusted agents?

If you are staying in a hotel, we would suggest that you use the tour desk kiosk in the lobby for your tours because they can easily organize them for you with a minimum of fuss. If you are staying in a Thailand holiday villa, you can ask the staff for tour guide recommendations. There is a cacophony of tour desks in every major Thailand holiday destination that is, for the most part, truthful and honest.

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.

What You Need to Know when in Bangkok

How to go to Bitec?

You can easily get from Bangkok centre to Bitec. The fastest way is with the BTS Skytrain which will take up to 30 minutes depending where you are. Step out at Bangna Station and from there walk over the bridge into BITEC

How much costs the Skytrain or BTS in Bangkok?

The BTS, in Thai, pronounce Rot Fai Fa, or Sky Train is the most comfortable way of travelling around busiest locations in Bangkok. The BTS reaches almost every major hotspot or tourism destination in Bangkok. Taking the BTS saves you a lot of time especially during traffic times. The most people use the BTS between 7-9 AM and 5PM-8PM. The BTS costs up to 62 baht (app. US$ 2.00), but depends on distance.  

Where are the best Pool Parties in Bangkok?

Pool parties have seen enormous growth over the last few years. Most hotels have copied the concept to cash in on this widespread phenomenon. There are only thee parties which have earned reputation and taken off  in the Thai pool party market, which are:

  • Sofitel So is one of the best viewed and visited pool parties in town and where the HISO audience goes. 
  • Westin is the one to watch and be seen at the monthly pool parties taking place. 
  • W Hotels is one of the eyeopening pool parties in town and worth your visit.

These are probably the best pool parties in town and worth a visit during your weekend. 

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