Q 1) Is Visa on Arrival available for Indians traveling to Thailand?
Ans : Yes, India is among the list of 19 countries whose citizens can avail of Visa on Arrival in Thailand provided they meet certain requirements. For more information, log on to http://newdelhi.thaiembassy.org/en/visa-on-arrival-en/
Q.2) What are the requirements for obtaining a Visa On Arrival when we visit Thailand?
Ans : The requirements for a VOA in Thailand are as follows:
- You need to have a confirmed return ticket to show that you are flying out of Thailand within 30 or 15 days of entry, as appropriate. Open tickets do not qualify. Traveling overland out of Thailand by train, bus, etc to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia (including en route to Singapore), Myanmar, etc is not accepted as proof of exiting Thailand.
- You may be asked to show your flight ticket on entering Thailand. If you do not possess a flight ticket to show you will be exiting Thailand within 30 or 15 days of entry you will be most likely to be refused entry.
- It will also be necessary to prove that you have funds of at least 20,000 THB per person and 40,000 THB per family during your stay in Thailand. A fee of 2,000 THB is payable upon entry and is subject to change without notice. The hotel confirmation along with name is also mandatory. The rules may change from time to time, we try our best to keep this updated but we would request to please check with the embassy.
Q.3) How much would a week long trip to Thailand cost me?
Ans: The cost of your travel greatly depends on the tour package that you select. There are many various packages that you could avail of from your local agents. As a tourism board, we do not sell packages or offer any tour packages from our blog.
Q.4) What is the Full Moon Party and where is it held?
Ans: The Full Moon Party is an all-night beach party that originated on the island of Ko Phangan on the night of every full moon. While there are many such parties held throughout Thailand, usually in the second week of each month, the biggest is in Haad Rin beach in Ko Phangan.
Q.5) When is the best time to travel to Thailand?
Ans: Thailand attracts tourists 365 days of the year, this mainly depends on your destination and the activities you would like to indulge in. Generally speaking, the preferred time to visit Thailand is during the dry season from November – March. We would be able to recommend ideal travel times after learning more about your preferences and budget, especially because different parts of Thailand experience rainfall during different periods.
Q.6) What language do I need to know when in Thailand?
Ans: While the Thai language is the official language of Thailand, one could say English is the unofficial second language. As tourist and business visitors from around the world have travelled to Thailand, English naturally has become the common linguistic “currency” even while many of those visitors learned how to speak Thai.
Q.7) Is Visa on arrival available at Phuket Airport?
Ans: Yes, Visa on Arrival could also be obtained upon landing at Phuket Airport. However please note that VOA must be obtained at the first port of entry, eg- if you are traveling from Mumbai to Bangkok and then Bangkok to Phuket, the Visa has to be obtained at Bangkok itself.
Q.8) Where can I find hot springs in Thailand?
Ans: The more famous hot springs in Thailand are the San Kamphaeng Hot Springs in Chiang Mai, the Pong Dueat Hot Springs and Pai Hot Springs in Mae Hong Son province. However, there are a lot more places that you can find hot springs such as in Chae Son in Lampang, in Ranong and Hot waterfall in Krabi
Q.9) Where can I find golf courses in Thailand?
Ans: You could choose from the beach resorts in the south like Hua Hin, Ko Samui and Phuket, the mountainous golf courses in the North at Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, or the one’s in the bustling cities of Bangkok and Pattaya. There are golf courses to suit every preference in Thailand.
Q.10) How do I reach Phuket from Bangkok city?
Ans: To reach Phuket from Bangkok the two most feasible options are, by air which will take you an hour and by road. Airlines operate flight to Phuket from both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueng. By road, you could take a bus which could take you up to 11-12 hrs, i.e. overnight. Bus to Phuket leaves from 2 bus terminal which are Talingchan Southern Bus Terminal and Mochit Bus Terminal.
Q.11) How much time should I set aside in my travel plans for obtaining Visa On Arrival?
Ans: Depending on the number of people applying for VOA at the airport, the application process could take anywhere between 30 mins to 2 hours.
Q.12) Where do I apply for a Thailand Visa prior to my travel?
Q.13) What adventure sports can I undertake in Thailand?
Ans: Deep water diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, kayaking, surfing, white water rafting, surfboarding and kiteboarding are a few of the adventure water sports that one could indulge in when in Thailand. Or else Muay Thai (Thai Boxing), sky-diving, zip lining, bungee jumping, paintball, mountain biking, waterfall abseiling, jungle trekking, go karting and dirt bike racing are adventure sports options available on land for all you adrenaline junkies.
Q 14) Where can I exchange my rupees/USD for Thai Bahts?
Ans: It’s easy and convenient to change money at your arrival airport upon arrival in Thailand. There are also numerous banks and money exchange centers within the city whereupon you could convert your Rupees/USD for Thai Bahts.
15) Where can I buy a SIM card in Thailand?
Ans: SIM cards are available for purchase at the airport, 7-Eleven, DTAC, AIS, True Move stores in the city.