Full name: Kingdom of Thailand
Population: 67 million (World Bank, 2008)
Language: Thai, but you will find many people speaking English, especially in the tourist industry. A smile goes a long way, as does your attempt to speak a bit of their language. We do recommend you learn a little Thai, which is included in the trip literature.
Life expectancy: 69 (World Bank, 2008)
The Thai unit of currency is the baht. The exchange rate is approximately 33 baht to one US dollar. Thai paper money is made in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 baht. Here are some examples of what your money will buy in Thailand:
There are exchange kiosks, as well as ATM machines, at the Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport (BKK). ATMs can be found in all cities and large towns throughout Thailand. International withdrawals are not a problem, but large fees may apply when using a debit or credit card. It is best to check with your bank before you leave home.
Travelers checks are another option. If travelers checks are lost or stolen, you will be reimbursed. You can exchange travelers checks at any exchange kiosk or bank (the fee to exchange a travelers check is approximately 33 baht per check).
Thailand is a warm, tropical country. We travel in October and Februrary because the weather is close to perfect — like a perfect day in Florida! There is very little rain and the humidity is lower than it is in March. Travelers are most comfortable in lightweight, loose clothing, like capris and sun dresses. In the mountains, a long-sleeved shirt or a fleece may be needed, especially in the evenings.
To travel to Thailand, you will need a valid passport that will not expire within 6 months of your departure date. No visa is required for travelers staying less than 30 days.
In the trip literature we send upon receipt of your deposit, you will find specific information about vaccination, packing, Thai food, culture and so much more!
New Year's Thai Style
Dec. 28, 2013 - Jan. 11, 2014
A Taste of Thailand
Jan. 15-29, 2014
"I honestly enjoyed every minute of each place (we visited). My Journey of a Lifetime opened Thailand to us in such a way that we got to see and experience all of the country."
"We would have missed so much of Thailand without Beth. It was the perfect combo of guided tour and exploring on your own."
~Mary Ann Chrzan