Thailand Travel Information

Soaring temples dot the landscape, magnificent white sand beaches stretch for miles, dense jungle covers the northern hills, paddy fields shine in the sun and uninhabited islands invite exploration. Yet, despite the diversity throughout this beautiful country, visitors will find a common trait- the courtesy and friendliness of the Thai people

Also known as ‘The land of smiles’ has become a favourable tourist destination amongst travellers with a sense of  adventure or just purely for leisure. From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the beautiful beach resorts of Phuket, fromlively Pattaya to the fresh mountain air of Chiang Mai or simply to unwind on the island tranquillity of Koh Samui.

Here is some things you should know about Thailand:

Thailand Climate

Thailand is a year-round destination and experiences a tropical climate. Divided into three climatic seasons, which are the rainy season running from June to October, cool dry season from November to February and the hot season from March to May.

Best Time to visit Thailand

The best time to travel to Thailand is considered to be the dry months from November up to March, however this is also the busiest time. For the best deals on accommodation you would find May to October to be the cheapest. During this time, hotels offer long stay specials with massive discounts

Do I need a Visa?

Thailand visas are not required for South African passport holders.

Health Requirements

It is essential to take out health and travel insurance before departure. No inoculations or vaccinations are required for Thailand unless a visitor comes from or passed through a yellow fever infected country on their way to Thailand. Malaria medication is recommended when traveling to the rural areas of Thailand.

How to get there from South Africa

Thailand is easily accessible by numerous airlines that fly on a daily basis.

  • Emirates (Fly via Dubai / 15 – 18 Hours)
  • Singapoire Airlines (Fly via Singapore / 14 – 17 Hours)
  • Qatar (Fly via Doha / 15 – 18 Hours)
  • Etihad (Fly via Abu Dhabi / 16 – 19 Hours)
  • Cathay Pacific (Fly via Hong Kong / 17 – 20 Hours)

Getting around Thailand

Traveling within Thailand is easy and quite fun. There are a great variety in public transport methods within Bangkok such as private transfers, taxis, tuk-tuks, buses, trains, ferries, car rental or even scooter and bicycle rentals.

Top 20 Things to do in Thailand

For more information on activities and attractions to visit in Thailand, see our Top 20 Things to do in Thailand page.

Quick Facts

LANGUAGE: Thai & English

What things cost

Bottle of water- THB 30
Bottle of wine - THB 200-300
Local beer- THB 60
Soft drinks- THB 30
Coffee/Tea- THB 30
Average meal- THB 150-250 Street Market Meal from THB 50
Rates approximate

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