Travel guide

Colourful Bangkok markets, serene and peaceful island hideaways. Misty mountains ripe for trekking, and crazy parties on moonlit beaches. Thailand has something to suit every traveller. Whether you're a culture vulture, a food fanatic, or a beach bum, we urge you to start your Asian love affair here: whether it be the first stop on your Round the World trip or a holiday escape! Read on to find out more... 


Thailand fast facts

Thailand language

Languages spoken

Around 20 million people in Thailand speak Thai, also known as Siamese. Many locals and everyone who works within the tourism industry will know really good English.

currency Thailand


$1 = around 25 Thai Baht (THB).
A better way to work this one out? 100THB is $4.

Timezone thailand

Time Zone

UTC + 07:00, which means Thailand is 3 hours behind Sydney and Melbourne and one hour ahead of Perth.

Where to go in Thaiand: Top destinations




Chiang Mai


Phuket & Koh Phi Phi


Koh Phangan

Thailand Costs & Budget

Thailand price of drinks


A bottle of beer from a local bar, cafe or 7-Eleven can cost 40THB, which is less than $2. A cocktail bucket at Full Moon can come in at anywhere between 200THB and 500 THB.

Thailand price of food


Local street food is delicious and often costs under $2. If you're after a comforting sit-down dinner in a restaurant, expect to pay between about 3oo-400THB ($12-15).

Thailand price of hostels


Hostels beds in Southeast Asia are infamously cheap. You can wake up surrounded by fellow travellers in a dorm either in Bangkok, or on the beach for under $10.



A mid-range room in a guesthouse or hotel can often cost as little as $20; if you're hoping to splash out, expect to pay $60+, or check out our awesome beach break and hotel packages.

taxi cost thailand


No trip to Thailand would be complete without a spin in a tuktuk, and 10km ride through Bangkok in one can cost around 150-180THB - around $5-7. A taxi from the airport to your accommodation in central Bangkok will cost you around $350-500THB - always ask for the meter to be switched on to avoid getting ripped off.

cost of transport thailand

Busses and boats

Overnight coaches and longer bus journeys in Southeast Asia are comfortable. A 12 hour journey - for example from Bangkok to Phuket - will set you back around $30 - the same as a night's hotel accommodation!

Thailand climate and weather

Thailand Highlights

the islands

Diving and snorkeling 

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Chaing Mai


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Elephant Encounters

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Island Hopping

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Beach breaks and hotel deals

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Beach Escapes

Deevana Patong Resort & Spa 4*
A calming sanctuary in the heart of Patong with elephant water fountains, fresh fruit shakes and beautifully furnished rooms. Choose from two wings, each with a stunning pool, bar and restaurant. 

Book between now - 31OCT18 
Travel between now - 31 OCT18

8 nights from $305pp | Pay for 4 nights, stay 8
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The Old Phuket 4*
The Old Phuket provides guests with an historical alternative to the typical hotel holiday. The golden sands of Karon Beach stretch out in front of the hotel to the Andaman Sea and this beautiful 4 star property. Price Includes Breakfast.

Book between now - 31OCT18
Travel between now - 31 Oct18

7 nights from $194pp | Pay for 4 nights, stay 7
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Kee Resort & Spa 4* | 7 nights with flights
This fabulously fresh luxe hotel overlooking Patong Beach brings Vegas-style light shows to the swimming pools of Phuket. Hit the rooftop bar for an evening tipple, salute the sun during an early morning yoga class or indulge in a thai massage at the resort's spa.

Book by 31st October, 2018. Travel between now - 31 October 2018.

6 nights from $199pp - Stay 6, pay 3
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Thailand Adventure Tours

Thailand island hopper tour
Thailand Island Hopping | 9 days
The perfect add-on to any Thailand adventure, this four-day sailing trip allows you to escape the crowds, tucking into hidden bays and pristine beaches on Thailand's western coast. Snorkel in crystal-clear waters and dine on freshly prepared local delicacies. Beginning in Koh Phi Phi Leh made famous by the movie "The Beach" our G Adventures exclusive 16-passenger catamaran is the perfect home for relaxing and enjoying these stunning islands.
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Southern Thailand Sojourn | 9 days
The perfect add-on to any Thailand adventure, this four-day sailing trip allows you to escape the crowds, tucking into hidden bays and pristine beaches on Thailand's western coast. Snorkel in crystal-clear waters and dine on freshly prepared local delicacies.
Now $799 
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ThaIntro | 9 days
Discover chaotic Bangkok by Tuk Tuk and by boat, visit ancient temples, learn to cook Thai food, sleep on floating bungalows in the middle of a rainforest, explore tropical islands, swim under waterfalls, experience elephants in the jungle, have a Thai massage, party on the world famous ‘full moon’ party beach and much more!
From $899
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Do I need a visa to visit Thailand?

Nope! Australians flying into Thailand with a valid Australian passport can enter the country and stay for up to thirty days without having to organise a visa in advance. You'll simply be granted one, and stamped in upon arrival. If you're entering via a land border, you'll be granted fifteen days in the country before having to seek a renewal via the Thai embassy, or travel agent. 

What vaccinations do I need to visit Thailand?

You'll need to be protected against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Cholera, Diptheria and Typhoid. Don't panic though - these jabs are usually combined into a package, so you can have them all in one go. It's also a good idea to look at vaccinating yourself against Japanese Encephalitis, a rare virus spread through mosquito bites, tetanus and rabies - speak to a Travel Expert or visit our in-store Travel Clinic to find out more.

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