Travel Information

Travel Information

Visa Requirements

Upon arrival in Thailand, foreign citizens must hold a valid passport with at least six months validity, a valid Thai visa, and proof on onward travel. However, visitor from ASEAN or Western countries, including most European, Commonwealth, and North American citizens, are not required to have a Thai visa for visits less than 30 days in Thailand. They will be granted access through Thailand immigration with a 30 Thai visa waiver, provided upon arrival. After such time, a Thai visa extension from an immigration office or a Thailand visa from an embassy or consulate outside of Thailand is required. Immigration policies are subject to change: check with a Thai Embassy or Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en for the latest information.

Climate and Clothing

The weather in Thailand classified as the hot season lasts from March to June when higher relative temperatures and occasional rain are the norm. Around the inland areas, including Bangkok and Ayutthaya, this often means punishing heat and high humidity. The temperatures in the hot season being climbing in February and by April the unrelenting heat makes many residents eager for the upcoming rain, which begin sporadically falling around mid-April. This is traditionally the least popular season for travelers to visit, although the weather in Thailand is still quite nice along Thailand’s coasts.

Light clothing is recommended and attire is informal except for official functions when a lounge suite, national dress or long­sleeved shirt for gentlemen is appropriate. Modest attire (avoid shorts, mini­skirts and bare midriffs) is advisable when visiting mosques, churches, temples, other place of worship and rural villages. A light jacket is recommended when attending the conference sessions and when out in the evenings.

Smoking Restrictions

Smoking is not permitted in hospitals/clinics, airports, public lifts and toilets, air-conditioned restaurants, public transport, government premises, educational institutions, petrol stations, Internet cafes, shopping complexes and private office spaces with central air­conditioning.

Local Time

Standard Thai time is seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+7)

Business Hours

Shops are generally open between the hours of 10:00 – 22:00. Banking hours are between the hours of 09:30 – 15:30, though some Thai Bank branches, particularly those inside of shopping malls, are open on weekends. Government offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Currency

In Thailand we use “Baht” as a currency.

Emergency

In case of an emergency ­ dial (the call is free within Chiang Mai):
Ambulance: 1669
Tourist Police: 1155
Police: 191
Fire: 199

Electricity

The electric current is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles per second thoughout the country and power plugs are two­pin. On request, most hotels will make available 110 Volt transformers to visitors with electrical appliances of a different voltage. However, it is advisable to bring an adaptor and transformer for your electrical or electronic equipment using different voltage.

Gratuities

In Chiang Mai tipping is not necessary. The more expensive hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge to their bills. While tipping is not expected, it is appreciated when there is no service charge, or where excellent service is encountered.

Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)

Chiang Mai is a major gateway to Northern Thailand that is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination and its international airport welcomes over 2 million visitors per year, receiving 130 flights a week from Bangkok as well as Singapore, China, Taiwan, Myanmar and Laos. The airport has a full range of facilities to offer to its visitors.

Located less than 10 minutes by taxi from the city center, Chiang Mai International Airport consists of domestic and international terminals in a single building.

There are travel agent offices at the airport and customer service desks for Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Bangkok Airways, AirAsia, Nok Air, and a number of other airlines. There are several exchange bureaus and ATMs in the terminal as well.

Chiang Mai Airport has several food outlets, including two coffee shops, a deli and a fast food outlet. There are also a number of shops selling silk, handicrafts, fresh produce and souvenirs.
Within the departure lounge there are additional food and merchandise shops.

Chiang Mai Airport Transportation

Transportation to and from the airport is available via the Super-Highway and Chiang Mai-Hod Road with public taxi service.

There are several kinds of transportation services provided for passengers, including limousine and car rental services. Transportation service counters are located on the 1st floor opposite domestic and international arrival lounges.

Chiang Mai Airport is located a short distance from the city center and songteaw and tuk-tuks are readily available to provide taxi services outside the terminal building. Expect to pay 120 baht for a taxi to most destinations in the city, while the return trip to the airport costs around 50 baht. Many hotels will arrange free transfer to and from the airport. Check with your hotel to see if they provide this service.