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What are the top 10 things to know about Thailand?

Here are the top 10 things to know about Thailand:

  1. English is not widely used except in tourist areas.
  2. The Thai Bhat is the official currency.
  3. Passport-holders of 42 countries and territories can visit without the need for a visa for up to 30 days.
  4. The climate is tropical, with hot and humid weather throughout the year except in the northern highlands.  The average rainfall varies with location.
  5. Always show respect for the Thai Royal family, as they are greatly revered.
  6. Do not touch someone's head.
  7. Do not point your feet at someone, especially the Buddha.
  8. Women should not come into physical contact with monks.
  9. Women should wear long-sleeved tops and long pants or full-length skirts when visiting temples and palaces.
  10. Tourists are expected to carry their passports at all times.
last updated 2009.02.05
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