Thailand Singles Vacation – What to Pack, Visas and More

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Planning a Thailand singles vacation to Asia and not sure what to pack. The Thailand country information and trip tips below will make sure you have everything you need to make sure a terrific trip.

Visas for Thailand are not required by travelers staying up to 30 days (if entering via an international airport) or 15 days (if entering by land from a neighboring country). You must also hold a valid passport and confirmed airline tickets to leave Thailand within the time allowed by their visa. Except nationals of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Malta may apply for visas on arrival for stays of up to 15 days.

Thailand’s currency is called the Thai baht (THB) and you are expected to use Thai baht for all cash purchases. Credit cards are widely accepted, though small companies and vendors at local markets may not accept them. There is easy access to international ATMs throughout Thailand

Thailand is on Thailand Standard Time (TST) or Thailand Time (THT), a standard used in Thailand. Thailand time is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 12 hours ahead of Eastern

Electricity in Thailand is 220 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second and the outlets are designed for 2 different types of plug, Flat Blade Plug or two round pins plug. If your appliances have a different shape plug and/or the voltage is different, you will need an electric adapter/converter.

Thailand’s weather can best be described as tropical and humid. The hot season in Thailand runs from March through June, with April and May being the hottest months. The coolest months are from November to February but will still feel hot to travelers on vacation. The monsoon season, usually accompanied by heavy rain, can start as early as April or May, although officially begins in June and runs as late as October. Carry an umbrella or raincoat, and you can still enjoy a great vacation in the Thai rainy season.

Thailand is one of the best places in Asia for shopping with lots of choices from the huge, glitzy shopping malls to the bustling street markets. Good items to buy include Thai silks and cottons, leather goods, batik, silver and gold, pottery with celandine green glaze, precious and semi precious stones (in particular rubies and sapphires are indigenous to Thailand), pearls, dolls, masks, painted umbrellas, lacquer ware, pewter ware, bamboo and wood artifacts and bronze ware. Tailor-made clothes are also a good value and can be made in a matter of days, yet the standard is very high.

Thai cuisine is distinctive and places to eat traditional Thai food are plentiful and the quality is generally very good. Thai dishes can sometimes be quite spicy and when a dish is described as “hot” it will be. Thai food is meant to be shared, and all courses will generally arrive together and is usually accompanied by rice and/or noodles

Be Ware: Although the food sold at roadside stalls can be cheap and often very good make sure the meat and chicken are thoroughly cooked. Also be cautious with salads and uncooked vegetables as they may have been washed in contaminated water.

Below is a recommended packing list using just one suitcase and an overnight bag. Check with your local airline for luggage weight limitations.

* Comfortable sturdy shoes, tennis shoes with plenty of tread, sandals

* Keep your money close – have a money belt, pouch or a bag that you can keep close

* Light water-resistant jacket for a cool evening or during a sudden downpour

* Pants / shorts / skirts / long and short-sleeved shirts – good for layering

* Ladies skirts and sundresses are cooler than shorts.

* Tank Tops, Underwear, socks

* 2 – Swim trunks or swimsuit – one to wear while the other dries

* Beach cover-up and flip-flops

* Shawl (Women) – great for cooler evenings, skirt/sarong and to wear at temples

* Travel-size shampoo and conditioner, toothbrush and paste. Moisturizer

* Contact lenses and/or extra pair of sunglasses

* Sun block of at least 15 SPF – don’t forget the lips

* Hat for the sun / water bottle / umbrella for sun or rain

* Camera and charger / batteries / extra memory cards

* Cell Phone / camera / computer chargers / adaptors.

* Hair Dryers / flat irons – not all hotels will have them available

* Chargers and Adaptors for all your electronics

* Personal medications / Anti-itch cream for insects bites

* Pepto-Bismol for diarrhea, Throat lozenges, Aspirin/Ibuprofen, Antacid tablets

* Earplugs, eye mask (for light sleepers)

* Plastic bags (zip lock bags and a larger trash bag) to store wet things.

* Travel alarm clock or can use cell phone

October 6, 2013 |

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