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.
$1 = around 25 Thai Baht (THB). A better way to work this one out? 100THB is $4.
UTC + 07:00, which means Thailand is 3 hours behind Sydney and Melbourne and one hour ahead of Perth.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
Travel Thailand with us...
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.
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.