WHY SHOULD I VISIT THAILAND?
Thailand continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. Often labeled the Land of Smiles, Thailand is a diverse country that caters to travelers of all budgets. Thai culture has been shaped by many influences, including Indian, Lao, Burmese, Cambodian, and Chinese.
IS A VISA REQUIRED TO VISIT THAILAND?
U.S. citizens carrying a tourist passport and in possession of an onward or return airline ticket do not require a visa to enter Thailand. The passport must have at least six months validity remaining to be allowed entry. Upon entry, Thai immigration officials will place an immigration stamp in the passport permitting a 30-day stay in Thailand if arriving by air or a 15-day stay if arriving by land.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
Much of Thailand has a tropical climate. A light jacket or layering is best to accommodate the varying temperatures. Also, we suggest shoes that are comfortable for walking, including sandals and tennis shoes. A head cover may be required for women and men at certain sacred sites and places of worship. Clothes for Yoga, swimming, beaching and dancing are also recommended. We will send out a handful of emails once you register and what you should pack and tips and tricks will be included in those emails.
ARE VACCINATIONS REQUIRED?
Immunizations are not required to visit Thailand. Depending on the season and region of travel, we will suggest preventative measures. We do highly recommend the Tetanus, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A & B vaccine and encourage all travelers to be current on routine immunizations. For detailed information, please contact your physician or visit the CDC website. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
A good resource for those local to the Seattle area is the UW Travel Clinic. Information can be found at UW Northwest Travel Medicine Clinic
IS THAILAND A SAFE COUNTRY?
Thailand has a very low crime rate and is generally a safe country. However, as with any international travel, please be aware of your surroundings. Always make sure your purse is zipped and wallets are in sealed pockets. In the markets, be vigilant of pick-pockets and distraction scams. Additionally, at the train/bus stations and airports, monitor your luggage at all times.
DO THAIS SPEAK ENGLISH?
Outside major cities, limited English is spoken by Thais. However, English is spoken at all hotels, major restaurants and shops. Road signs are written in both Thai and English throughout the country, with few exceptions.
HOW MUCH TO FLIGHTS COST? WHAT FLIGHTS ARE REQUIRED?
Flights to Thailand from Seattle, range and vary. You can usually find a round trip flight for less than $1,100 USD. You'll need to purchase 2 flights. One to Bangkok and then one from Bangkok to Koh Samui. The flight to Koh Samui can usually be arranged for less than $300. It is also recommended that you take some time after arriving and before departing home to integrate and adjust to the time zone change. There are a handful of boutique hotels in Bangkok that are great options. We recommend the U-Tiny. Information on U-Tiny can be found here.