Useful Information, Exchange Control, Language, Electricity, Television
1. Foreign tourists may freely bring in foreign banknotes or other types of foreign
exchange. On leaving Thailand, a foreign tourist may freely take out foreign means
of payments which he brought in with him, with the exception that foreign notes or
coins are limited to a maximum equivalent of US 10,000 or the amount declared in
writing to Customs on arrival. Failure to do so may lead to arrest, confiscation
of the excess amount involved and/or prosecution.
2. For travellers leaving Thailand, the maximum amount permitted to take out without
prior authorization is 50,000 baht per person.
3. Foreign visitors may bring in personal effects and other goods which are not prohibited
by current customs regulation. Other than personal effects, departing visitors are
also allowed to take out merchandise bought from duty free shops, precious stones,
gold and platinum ornaments.
4. Foreign visitors are welcome to open a foreign currency account with any commercial
bank in Thailand. As a special gesture to non-residents, no restrictions are imposed
on the maintenance of and withdrawal from the account as long as the funds originate
For additional information concerning foreign exchange regulations, please contact
any authorized banks.
Spoken and written Thai remains largely incomprehensible to the casual visitor. However,
English is widely understood, particularly in Bangkok where it is almost the major
commercial language. English and some other European languages are spoken in most
hotels, shops and restaurants, in major tourist destinations, and Thai-English road
and street signs are found nationwide.
Light, loose cotton clothing is best. Nylon should be avoided. Sweaters are needed
during cool season, evenings or if visiting mountainous areas and remote national
parks. Jackets and ties are required in a few restaurants and nightclubs.
The electric current is 220 Volt AC (50 cycles) throughout the country. There are
many plugs and sockets in use. Travellers with shavers, tape recorders and other
appliances should carry a plug-adapter kit. The better hotels will make available
110 Volt transformers.
Television and Video:
The television system in Thailand is PAL, the same as the videos on sale. If you
buy a video you will not be able to play it on NTSC systems in America or Japan.