Thailand Visa, Passport and Money Advice
When travelling to Thailand it is important to get to grips with the money, visa and passport matters. We have compiled the most important information to help you plan your exciting adventure.
Visa & Passports
If you’re a British passport holder, you’ll receive a free standard 30-day tourist visa on arrival in Thailand, as long as your passport is valid for six months after your intended departure date from Thailand. If you want to stay longer, you can contact the Thai Embassy in London to arrange a visa in advance. It’s also common for Thai immigration officials to ask for proof of onward travel (such as a airline reservation). We’ve teamed up with The Visa Machine – a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies.
The Thai currency is the Baht. The exchange rate does fluctuate so its worth checking the most up to date rates when you’re planning your holiday. The UK pound is accepted in almost every money exchange office and you can also change money in the smaller currency exchange shops and hotels when the banks are closed. Money, passports and travellers’ cheques are best left in the hotel safe and we also advise you not to carry all your valuables with you when you go out in the evening.
Credit and Debit Cards
Cash machines are the best way to get cash whilst in Thailand. Cash machines where you can use your normal bank card (with Cirrus, Visa logos) are widely available throughout the country, with the exception of some of the smaller islands which may not have cash points. If in doubt, just ask one of our Travel Specialists. We suggest keeping some cash in your wallet just in case the ATM network crashes. Visa, MasterCard and sometimes American Express credit cards are widely accepted in larger establishments.
Tips and Haggling
In general, tipping is not expected in Thailand, with the exception of the loose change from a restaurant bill. More expensive hotels and restaurants might add a 10% service charge but you are not expected to tip on top of this. During treks, it’s common to tip your guide at the end, but this is of course discretionary.