PREPARE YOUR LUGGAGE
Light cotton clothes, avoiding synthetic fabrics. Small woolens for evenings and air-conditioned hotels, sunglasses, swimsuit, comfortable shoes (small detail but important: remove your shoes to enter the Temples). Bring a sarong or something enough to cover your legs if you are in shorts to visit the temples.
Difference in time
6 hours more than in Paris in winter and 5 hours in summer.
When it is noon in Paris (winter time), it is 6 p.m in Thailand.
The current is 220 volts. The outlets are sometimes mixed but are more typically American-type (flat plugs). Bring an adapter, if you forgot it, it can easily be found everywhere.
Post and Telecommunications
Whether in Bangkok or elsewhere in Thailand, the post is open Monday to Friday from 08:00 a.m to 4 p.m.
A letter or postcard takes about a week to arrive in France.
To call France, dial 00 33 or +33 followed by your number without 0.
Make a stock of film and batteries before leaving. Those purchased on the spot do not necessarily have been kept in good conditions. You can develop your films on spot but the quality is not always very good, however, the prices remain much lower than in France.
Careful: at some sites and museums, photos or videos are prohibited….. Or well, you will pay a fee of photography.
Protect your equipment against heat and humidity.
Thai crafts are one of the richest and most refined of South East Asia.
There are first silk, hand-woven, with a wonderful texture and rich of unheard tones.
Cottons are also lovely. You may be tempted by jewelry (precious stones), gilt bronze objects (crockery, cutlery, candlesticks), or worked lacquers according to secular traditional methods.
You can get: Thai silks, silver jewelry, lacquer, teak objects….. The tailors make, in record time, complete, dresses and shirts at attractive prices (Please have a model).
Be careful against false precious stones, demand a certificate of authenticity.
Thailand is also a country of rattan (furniture), teak (trays, bowls), and antiques many of which are of Burmese origin.
English is spoken in most shops. They are generally open from 09 a.m to 8 p.m from Monday to Saturday. Bargaining is quite common despite the pricing, so do not hesitate!!!
Get a receipt especially for jewelry and gemstones, and require a special certificate for these antiques and works of art.
Be careful, the export of Buddhas is prohibited without permission!!!!
Tipping is optional but is always welcomed. Apply the same rate as in France. Giving a pittance is considered impolite or even humiliation.
Pets must be declared. At the exit of Thai territory, remember that it is strictly forbidden to export Buddhas for religious reasons … Any former object or anything you have taken must have an export certificate issued by the seller or lack of by the department of Fine Arts.
Hot and humid. In Bangkok, the coolest month is December, April is the hottest. The rainy season begins in May-June and end in October-November.
The climate in Phuket is more uniform, that of Chiang Mai is cooler in January where the temperature of the mountain can drop to 12 degrees.
Geographical expansion of Thailand generates several types of climate, which differ significantly from north to south. But overall, it’s hot all the time and everywhere. There are distinctively 3 types of seasons, “summer” from March to May, the “rainy” season, from June to October and the “dry” season from November to February.
Thus each region undergoes three seasons in different ways depending on its topography and its location. The South receives more water but the temperature varies little from one season to another: it is between 23° C and 34° C. The North is experiencing distinct seasons while the central plain must swallow a lot of water in a short time.
The monetary unit is the BAHT. Exchange transactions are done at the “money changers” authorized by the government, banks or hotels. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 08:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m
For shopping, all currencies and credit cards are accepted.
To date: 1 euro = approximately 38 baht.
HAVE A NICE TRIP !