👥 Population: 66.5 million
🌍 Region: Asia
🗣 Languages: Thai, Isan, Kam Mueang, Pak Tai
🚙 Drive on the: Left
💵 Currency: Baht, THB, ฿
☎️ Calling Code: +66
🟢 Internet Speed: Is generally great at 216 Mbps on average
Thailand is a country in southeast Asia long visited by many. Featuring beautiful islands, beaches, dense jungles, mountains and modern, developed cities, Thailand offers a lot to anyone spending time there. World famous for its delicious cousine, Thailand is a safe country often called the land of smiles, due to the friendliness of its citizens.
🇹🇭 Thailand is the only country in southeast Asia not to have been colonised.
🤜 Muay Thai is the national sport in Thailand. Its matches are considered sacred.
🥇 Bangkok is the world's most visited city.
Depending on your country of origin you may stay in Thailand visa free for up to 14, 30, or 90 days.
If you require a visit visa, they are valid for up to 15 days. It is called an "eVisa".
If you require a visit visa, they are valid for up to 30 days. It is called an "E-Visa".
Thailand has a visa specifically designed to attract startups called the "EntrePass". We've covered the details of it in our resource for Startup visas around the world, which you can access here.
There is no limit to the amount of cash you take into Thailand but you do have to declare anything over ฿500,000. Make sure to find out whether you need to tell your bank of your travels as many, as a security feature, will freeze your account.
You can withdraw cash at any ATM in Thailand by using your local bank card. Bear in mind that these often have high fees and your bank may also charge you.
Consider opening an e-money/digital money account such as Wise or Revolut as you can save a considerable amount in withdrawal, conversion and transfer fees.
You can pay with your credit or debit card in most establishments. VISA or MasterCard are accepted everywhere that accepts card payments. Even though American Express and Diners Club are accepted widely, they will most likely not be accepted by small businesses such as restaurants, corner shops etc.
There are 3 main mobile network providers:
AIS has the greatest network coverage and fastest speeds including 5G, so is recommended for most people. You can find SIM cards in official stores around the country, mostly in shopping malls. Take your passport with you as identification to get your SIM.
As of July 2021, 14GB of data will cost you ฿888 every 30 days.