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A Southeast Asian country, Thailand shares borders with Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. Thailand is famous for its opulent royal palaces, tropical beaches and sea food. The Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand are located on the coasts of Thailand.
Visa and Immigration Procedures to Thailand
Visitors to Thailand must obtain a visa from one of the Thai diplomatic missions unless they come from a visa-exempt country or a country whose citizens are eligible to obtain visas on arrival (VoA). Countries eligible for VoAs include China, Saudi Arabia, India, Romania, Taiwan, Ukraine and a few others. All you need to enter the Kingdom of Thailand for a joyous trip is your passport, a valid visa and your air tickets. However, do bear in mind that if you overstay in Thailand after the validity date of your visa has passed, you can be banned from entering the country again for the next one to ten years.
Things/Items Allowed into Thailand
When you book your air tickets and plan on flying to Thailand, remember to bring along your slip-on shoes, sunscreen, a rain jacket, rain fly, and drysacs for a memorable trip. Goods of personal and professional use valuing less than 10,000 bahts are custom free. Thailand allows all arriving airline passengers an allowance of 200 cigarettes or 500 grams of rolling tobacco to include cigars, and 1 Liter of alcoholic spirits.
Things/Items Forbidden out of Thailand
・Drugs (including Narcotics)
・Obscene Literature and Pornographic Materials
・Protected Wild Animals
・Buddha Images, Artifacts, and Antiques
・Radio transceivers and telecommunications equipment
・IPR Infringing Goods e.g. musical tape, CD, VDO, computer software, etc.
Things/Items Forbidden into Thailand
・Plants or Planting Materials
・Live Animals and Animal Products
・Medicine and Chemical Products
・Goods with an improper Thai Flag design
・Counterfeit Trademark Goods
・Fake Currency, Bonds and Coins
・Fake Royal/Official Seals
Voice of Travelers to Thailand
My name is Diego Sebastian. I booked air ticket as a Calamocha citizen, where the temperature averages 5 degree centigrade each day. For me, Thailand is Heaven on this Earth. From the sun baths at Koh Samui and Pattaya, to the hiking at Sri Phang Nga National Park, I enjoyed each and every moment of my stay in Thailand. I also enjoyed Scuba diving, snorkeling, and eating the fresh, delicious seafood. The people of Thailand are so friendly and cooperative. The culture and of Thailand has stolen a piece of my heart. Even the smells of Thailand stay with me. I will visit here again without hesitation and encourage friends and family to book their air tickets to Thailand at least once within this year.
My first Visit to Thailand was with an air ticket from SilkAir which I won in a lucky draw. The on-board services were excellent and now, I always book my flights with SilkAir for international trips where SilkAir flies to. For me, Thailand is about beaches and nightlife. I don't remember a single day where I was not dancing for at least three hours. I had the chance to see the Hae Pha Khuen festival of Thailand and believe me -- this is an amazing and incomparable experience (I've traveled to around 56 countries). Thailand is truly a wonderful place. This was once in a lifetime opportunity, and I would recommend everyone to visit Thailand to experience the magic of Thai! Thanks to the lucky draw for my free air ticket!
If you ask me what is the best thing to do in Thailand, I'd say the Elephant trekking. I will never forget the Phanom Rung, which is one of many Khmer temples of Thailand. The main reason I booked my ticket to Thailand was to visit these places. The art and creativity of this country took my breath away. I've a deep love for historical artifacts, so for me, Thailand was a treasure-trove of excitement. For sightseeing, I'd recommend Phra Pathommachedi at night. It's such a beautiful place, your eyes almost won't believe what you are seeing. I'd love to visit Thailand again and if possible a few times a year. Just wished I could get cheap air tickets somewhere or if possible, receive some free air tickets! LOL
Thailand Travelers' Frequently Asked Questions
Which is the best place to go shopping in Thailand?
Many travelers visit Thailand for shopping. From the quirky little handicraft stalls to mega-shopping malls, from savvy wine merchants to the wonderful Jim Thompson house in Bangkok, there never is a dull moment when it comes to shopping in Thailand! Places I would recommend you to visit in Bangkok are Central World, Siam Paragon and the MBK Shopping Center. Chatuchak Weekend market and the Pratunam market are also worth visiting. In Chian, Central Plaza Chiang Mai International Airport and Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall are must-sees. Phuket is a gem when it comes to shopping -- visit Jungceylon Shopping Mall and Phuket Walking Street where you can buy handicrafts and gifts. There are also some very nice Indian and Muslim shops in Thailand.
How strict are the laws in Thailand for foreigners?
In general, Thailand is a very friendly country. However, if you violate the laws you can be punished, deported or even be imprisoned. Drug laws are especially strict -- death penalties may be carried out if you are found producing, selling or transporting drugs. Defacing any images of the King is also punishable and you can be deported for that. Overstaying in Thailand can lead to the cancellation of your travel visa. Drinking is legal but drinking in religious places are strictly prohibited. Be cautious and educate yourself with local laws of Thailand before booking your air ticket.
How bad is the issue of racism in Thailand?
There are some evidences suggesting that Thai people can sometimes be unkind towards black-skinned people and the minority ethnic groups. This is a general issue across the South Asian countries. Xenophobia can also be a pint of contention.
Thailand - Direct Flights to Major Airports
Airports handling direct flights to Suvaranabhumi International Airport ・ Heathrow Airport (London)
・ Dubai International Airport
・ Charles de Gaulle(Paris)
・ Istanbul Atatürk Airport (Turkey)
Airports handling direct flights to Phuket International Airport ・ Incheon International Airport (Seoul ,South Korea)
・ Shanghai Pudong International Airport (China)
・ Abu Dhabi International Airport
・ Sheremetyevo International Airport (Moscow, Russia)
Airports handling direct flights to Chiang Mai International Airport ・ Kuala Lampur International Airport (Malaysia)
・ Macau International Airport (China)
・ Singapore Changi Airport
・ Incheon International Airport (Seoul, South Korea)
Airports handling direct flights to Hat Yai International Airport ・ Kunming Changshui International Airport (China)
・ Singapore Changi Airport
・ Kuala Lampur International Airport (Malaysia)
Airports handling direct flights to Chiang Rai International Airport ・ Hongkong International Airport
Flight Routes to Thailand
Suvarnabhumi International Airport, located in Bangkok, is one of the biggest airports in Southeast Asia and serves as a regional hub for aviation. Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways and Orient Thai Airways are major airlines operating around the world with daily flights between Thailand and Europe, the Americas, Africa and Oceania, as well as the rest of Asia. With these highly reputed Airlines, you can easily book your air tickets and visit Thailand.