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THAILAND

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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.

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Currency

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

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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

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Bangkok

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Chiang Mai

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Phuket & Koh Phi Phi

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Koh Phangan

Thailand Costs & Budget

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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.

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Meals

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).

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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.

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Hotels

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.

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Taxis

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.

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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

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the islands

Diving and snorkeling 

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Chaing Mai

Trekking

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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

Patong Lodge
Patong Lodge, 3* | 7 nights with Flights
Stay 7 nights at Patong Lodge 3-star including return flights as you explore the beautiful island of Phuket. Packaged pricing based on per person twin share with departures out of PER from $549; MEL from $719; SYD from $699. OOL from $939; ADL from $1,059. Subject to availability and subject to change. Give us a call to book or ask in store for details.
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Deevana hotel Phuket
Deevana Resort & Spa, 3.5* | 7 nights with Flights
Stay 7 nights at Deevana Patong Resort & Spa 3.5-star including return flights as you explore the beautiful island of Phuket. Packaged pricing based on per person twin share with departures out of PER from $579; MEL from $689; SYD from $699: OOL from $899; ADL from $1,029. Subject to availability and subject to change. Give us a call to book or ask in store for details.
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Kee Resort 4* | 7 nights with flights
This fabulously fresh luxe hotel overlooking Patong Beach brings Vegas-style light shows to the swimming pools of Phuket. Packaged pricing based on per person twin share with departures out of PER from $929; MEL from $1,039; SYD from $1,049: OOL from $1,289; ADL from $1,379. Subject to availability and subject to change. Give us a call to book or ask in store for details.

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Thailand Adventure Tours

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Thailand Island Hopper | 18 days
You'll visit eight of Thailand's most incredible locations including Railay, Koh Tao, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Phangan. Ease yourself into the Thai culture in Bangkok, exploring the city's incredible canals, temples, and nightlife. Then spend the next two weeks drifting from island to island. Highlights include kayaking, caving, a night in floating bungalows in the beautiful Khao Sok National Park, a Thai boxing lesson, Thai massage, viewpoint treks, snorkeling, beach parties and BBQs.  
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Southern Thailand Sojourn | 9 days
From raging Bangkok, to the serene jungles and karst mountains of Khao Sok National Park, to the beach paradises of Koh Samui and Koh Tao, this nine day tour is the ultimate taste of Thailand. It includes a knowledgeable guide, all transport and accommodation, and some cool extras, like a Bangkok street food tour and a full-day snorkelling trip. Dive in!
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ThaIntro | 9 days
Kick off in Bangkok where you'll learn to cook, party and navigate the city's chaotic streets, colourful markets and interesting canals like a local. Head south to divine Khao Sok National Park for a few days of paradise before you hit Koh Phangan in time for Full Moon. Prepare yourself for the ultimate adventure in Thailand! This tour includes eight nights accommodation, all transport, airport transfers, a group leader and delicious meals.
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Start Planning Your Adventure

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.

Still want to know more? Read our blogs on Thailand!

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