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After Dark Night Safari at Khao Kheow Open Zoo

     
 
 
Tourist information is available at the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) head office in Bangkok, local offices in 22 major cities and at TAT information counters at other local airports. All TAT information centers operate seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
 
The Thai Tourist Police was set up in 1982 to coordinate with TAT in providing safety for tourist. At present, some 500 tourist policemen are stationed in major tourist areas. In case of emergency, contact the Tourist Police Tel: 1155.  
 
All tourism destination and provincial capitals have hospitals and clinics staffed by well trained doctors and nurses. In case of emergencies, ambulances can be summoned from any private hospital.  
 
Tipping is not a usual practice in Thailand although it is becoming more common. Most hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill. Taxi drivers do not require a tip, but the gesture is appreciated.  
 
  • Commercial offices: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 - 5 p.m. (Monday - Friday).
  • Government offices: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 - 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday).
  • Banks: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday).
  • Shops: mostly 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. (seven days a week).
  • Department stores: 10 a.m. - 9. p.m. (seven days a week).
 
 
Light and loose attire are the best. Nylon should be avoided and sweaters needed during the cool season. Jackets and ties are required at certain restaurants, nightclubs, and entertainment establishments.  
 
The electric current is 220 Volt AC (50 cycles) throughout the country. There are many plugs and sockets in use. Travelers with shavers, tape recorders and other appliances should carry a plug-adapter kit. The better hotels will make available 110 Volt transformers.  
 
IDD dialing code:  66.
Area codes:           Bangkok - 2; Chiang Mai - 53; ; Pattaya - 38; Phuket - 76.
 
 
  • Foreign tourist may freely bring in foreign bank notes or other types of foreign exchange.

  • Upon leaving Thailand, a foreign tourist may freely take out foreign means of payments which he brought in with him, with the exception that foreign notes or coins are limited ta maximum equivalent of US$ 10,000 or the amount declared in writing to Customs upon arrival. Failure trands may lead tarrest, confiscation of the excess amount involved and / or prosecution.

  • For travelers leaving Thailand, the maximum amount permitted take out without prior authorization is 50,000 Baht per person.

  • Foreign visitors may bring in personal effects and other goods which are not prohibited by current custom regulation. Other personal effects, departing visitors are alsallowed ttake out merchandise bought from duty free shops, precious stones, gold and platinum ornaments.

  • Foreign visitors are welcome to open a foreign currency account with any commercial bank in Thailand. As a special gesture tnon residents, nrestrictions are imposed on the maintenance and withdrawal from the account, as long as the funds originate from abroad. For additional information concerning foreign exchange regulations, please contact any authorized banks.
 
 
Fixed prices are the norm in department stores, but at most other places bargaining is to be expected. Generally, you can obtain a final figure of between 10-40% lower than the original asking price. Much depends on your skills and the shopkeeper's mood. But remember, Thais appreciate good manners and a sense of humor. With patience and a broad smile, you will not only get a better price, you will also enjoy shopping as an art.  
 
English Thai
Good morning, Good evening, Good afternoon, Good night, Hello, Sa-wat-dee
Good-bye la-Korn
Hello (male speaker) sawatdee krup
Hello (female speaker) sawatdee kaa
Yes Chai
No Mai
Mr./Miss/Mrs. Khun
How are you? sabai dee reu plao
Fine thanks sabai dee
Thank you kop koon
Never mind mai pen rai
I love you chan rak khun
Sorry kho thod
 
The Monarchy: Thai people have a deep, traditional reverence for the Royal Family, and a visitor should be careful to show respect for the King, the Queen and the Royal Children.  
Religion: Visitors should dress neatly in all religious shrines. They should never go topless, or in shorts, hot pants or other unsuitable attire It is acceptable to wear shoes when walking around the compound of a Buddhist temple, but not inside the chapel where the principal Buddha image is kept.  
Each Buddha image, large or small, ruined or not, is regarded as a sacred object. Never climb onto one to take a photograph or do anything which might indicate a lack of respect. Buddhist monks are forbidden to touch or be touched by a woman, or to accept anything from the hand of one. If a woman has to give anything to a monk, she first hands it to a man, who then presents it.  
Social Norms: Thais don't normally shake hands when they greet one another, but instead press the palms together in a prayer-like gesture called a wai. Generally a younger person wais an elder, who returns it. Thais regard the head as the highest part of the body, literally and figuratively. Therefore, avoid touching people on the head and try not to point your feet at people or an object. It is considered very rude. Shoes should be removed when entering a private Thai home. Public displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon.  
Special Advice:
  • Beware of unauthorised people who offer their services as guides. For all tourist information, contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tel : 1672. For information about Bangkok, contact the Bangkok Metropolitan Tourist Bureau, Tel : 0 2225 7612-4.

  • Observe all normal precautions as regards to personal safety, as well as the safety for your belongings. Walking alone on quiet streets or deserted areas is not recommended. Be sure that all your valuables-money, jewerllery, and airline tickets are properly protected from loss. Drop your garbage into a waste container. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration no strictly enforcing the law in an effort to keep the city clean and healthy. The fine will be imposed on a person who spits, discards cigarette stubs, or drops rubbish in public areas.

  • Do not get yourself involved with drugs. Penalties for drug offences are very severe in Thailand.

  • Do not support any manner of wild animal abuse. Never purchase any products or souvenirs made from wild animals including reptiles like snakes, monitor lizards, and also turtle shell and ivory. Avoid patronizing local restaurants that serve wild animal delicacies. It is against the law to slaughter wildlife for food in Thailand.
 
 
 
 
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