Thailand, literally translated means ‘Land of the Free’ having ancient history with a proud cultural heritage, where the rush of modern development blends with traditional values. Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand. saDue to the rich cultural back ground and state of art hospitality of its people, Thailand has become one of the most popular destinations in South-East Asia for travellers. It is an enchanted Buddhist Kingdom where the past and present mingle in perfect harmony. Thailand is also popular in South-East Asia for shopping offering fancy shopping malls to open air markets of local products handicrafts found in every corner of the city. Historically, Thailand has been one of the South-East migratory, cultural and relation crossroad into South-East Asia. Thailand shares border with Myanmar (Burma) to the west and north, Laos to the north and northeast, Cambodia to the east, and Malaysia to the south.
- Cool season: November to February, considered as the best season to visit Thailand enjoying clear days.
- Hot season:March to June, day time temperature reaches around 40degree Celsius.
- Rainy season (monsoon):July to October. The climate is tropical, with average temperature in Bangkok from 17°Celsius in December to 36°Celsius in April.
Flying is the most convenient mode of transportation for traveling to Thailand, as visitors can fly to Thailand on non-stop routes from many corners of the globe on both international and Thai airlines.
Furthermore, Thailand’s central location makes Thailand an ideal hub for exploring the rest of Asia. In addition to the primary international airport located in Bangkok, visitors from abroad can fly to Thailand on international flights destined for Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi, and even Udon Thani and Hat Yai.
Domestic flights are also easy and convenient, cutting down on journey times and often costing less than travel by car or rail.
As the major hub for air travel in and around Asia, a number of low cost airlines now serve Thailand for both domestic and international routes, and now flying to Thailand is both convenient and inexpensive.
This type of visa will be issued to applicants wishing to enter the Kingdom for tourism purposes. You are not allowed to work or conduct business with a tourist visa. A tourist visa is valid for 60 days and can be extended 30 days at the nearest Immigration office.
Requirements for foreigners applying for a visa:
- Entering Thailand as tourists for 15 days.
- Nationals of countries specified by the Ministry and approved by the cabinet. The nationality must be the same as the country issuing the passport.
- 1 passport picture 4×6 cm, not more than 6 months old.
- No blacklisted person (persona non grata) according to the immigration laws.
- Confirmed onward or return ticket within 15 days.
- Indication of actual address of residence in Thailand.
- Cash of at least 10,000.- Baht (US$ 250.-) per person or 20,000.- Baht (US$ 500.- per family).
- Valid passport with validity of at least 6 months.
Application for visa on arrival:
- Arriving passengers wishing to apply for a visa on arrival must fill in the application form (TM. 88) which is available at the Visa on arrival counter in terminals 1 and 2 at Bangkok International Airport.
- The form TM. 88 (formerly TR 15) together with the application fee of 1,000.- Baht must be handed in at the Visa on arrival counter. The fee is payable in Thai Baht only. Currency exchange service is available at the bank counters near the Visa on arrival counters.
Those who wish to stay longer or may wish to change their status of visa must file an application for permission at the Office of Immigration Bureau located on Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120, Thailand , Tel (662) 287-3101-10. The extension of stay as well as the change of certain type of visa is solely at the discretion of the Immigration officer.