Thailand - Holidays, Flights and Hotels
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Flight Time to Thailand from the UK
Approx 11 Hours from London.
Thailand is home to several distinct geographic regions, partly corresponding to the provincial groups. The north of the country is mountainous, with the highest point being Doi Inthanon at 2,576 metres (8,451 ft). The northeast consists of the Khorat Plateau, bordered to the east by the Mekong river. The centre of the country is dominated by the predominantly flat Chao Phraya river valley, which runs into the Gulf of Thailand. The south consists of the narrow Kra Isthmus that widens into the Malay Peninsula.
The local climate is tropical and characterised by monsoons. There is a rainy, warm, and cloudy southwest monsoon from mid-May to September, as well as a dry, cool northeast monsoon from November to mid-March. The southern isthmus is always hot and humid. Major cities beside the capital Bangkok include Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, Nakhon Sawan, Chiang Mai, Surat Thani, Phuket and Hat Yai (Songkhla Province).
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If you take one lasting memory from Thailand, it has to be the hospitality of its people. Their charm can be seen everywhere - from the north's breathtaking hill villages and the pulsating metropolis of Bangkok, to the powder-white shores of the south's remote beaches and world-class holiday and hotel resorts in Phuket. Coloured by magnificent temples and flavoured by a world-renowned cuisine, Thailand really does have it all.
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Floating in the middle of Than Sadet bay, you turn and look back towards the shore. Palm trees tumble down the limestone cliffs, a harvest of coconuts roll onto the beach. There's your villa, framed against the pulsing jungle, a trellis of creepers and tropical flowers hanging off its sides. A trail of footprints leads out from the shady veranda, across the blazing powder sand and into the cool jade sea.
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Public Holidays in Thailand
Mon Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Tue Jan 2 - New Year's Holiday
Sat Feb 03 - Makha Bucha
Sun Feb 18 - Chinese New Year (3 days)
Fri Apr 6 - Chakri Day
Fri Apr 13 - Songkran (Thai New Year) (3 weekdays Mon-Fri)
Tue May 1 - Labour Day
Wed May 2 - Visakha Bucha Day
Sat May 5 - Coronation Day
Sun Jul 29 - Asanha Bucha Day
Mon Jul 30 - Buddhist Lent Day
Sun Aug 12 - Queen's Birthday
Tue Oct 23 - Chulalongkorn Day
Fri Oct 26 - End of Buddhist Lent
Sat Nov 24 - Loy Kratong
Wed Dec 05 - King's Birthday
Mon Dec 10 - Constitution Day
Tues Dec 25 - Christmas Day
Mon Dec 31 - New Year's Eve
Visa Requirements for Thailand
Entry requirements for UK nationals: Visas are not required for travel by UK passport holders endorsed British Citizen or British National (Overseas) for periods of 30 days or less (an extension of up to 10 days is possible). Other UK passport holders require a visa and a passport valid for six months beyond the intended period of stay.
Thailand has more than its fair share of scams, but most are easily avoided with a modicum of common sense.
More a nuisance than a danger, a common scam by touts, taxi drivers and tuk-tuk drivers in Thailand is to wait by important monuments and temples and waylay Western travellers, telling them that the site is closed for a "Buddhist holiday", "repairs" or a similar reason. The 'helpful' driver will then offer to take the traveller to another site, such as a market or store. Travellers who accept these offers will often end up at out-of-the-way markets with outrageous prices - and no way to get back to the center of town where they came from. Always check at the front gate of the site you're visiting to make sure it's really closed.
Avoid any tuk-tuks in Bangkok. Tuk-tuk drivers might demand much higher price than agreed, or they might take you to a sex show, pretending they didn't understand the address (they get commissions from sex shows). For the same reason, avoid drivers who propose their services without being asked, especially near major tourist attractions.
Don't buy any sightseeing tours at the airport. If you do, they will phone several times to your hotel in order to remind you about the tour. During the tour, you will be shortly taken to a small temple, without a guide, then they one shop after another (they get commissions). They might refuse to take you back home until you saw all the shops. On your way back, they pressure you to buy more tours.
Easily identified with practice, it is not uncommon in touristed areas to be approached by a clean cut, well dressed man who often will be toting a cellphone. These scammers will start up polite conversation, showing interest in the unsuspecting tourist's background, family, or itinerary. Inevitably, the conversation will drift to the meat of the scam. This may be something as innocuous as over-priced tickets to a kantok meal and show, or as serious as a gambling scam or (particularly in Bangkok) the infamous gem scam. Once identified, the wary traveller should have no trouble picking out these scammers from a crowd. The tell-tale well pressed slacks and button down shirt, freshly cut hair of a conservative style, and late-model cellphone comprise their uniform. Milling around touristed areas without any clear purpose for doing so, the careful traveller should have no difficulty detecting and avoiding these scammers.
Many visitors will encounter young Thai ladies armed with a clipboard and a smile enquiring as to their nationality, often with an aside along the lines of "please help me to earn 30 baht". The suggestion is that the visitor completes a tourism questionnaire (which includes supplying their hotel name and room number) with the incentive that they just might win a prize - the reality is that everyone gets a call to say that they are a "winner", however the prize can only be collected by attending an arduous time-share presentation. Note that the lady with the clipboard doesn't get her 30 baht if you don't attend the presentation; also that only English-speaking nationalities are targeted.
Another recurrent scam involves foreigners - sometimes accompanied by small children - who claim to be on the last day of their vacation in Thailand, and having just packed all their belongings into one bag in preparation for their flight home, lost everything when that bag was stolen. Now cash is urgently needed in order to get to the airport in a hurry and arrange a replacement ticket for his/her return flight in a few hours time.