Vegan Thailand Tours: FAQ Page
Q: IS THAILAND SAFE?
A: Thailand is incredibly safe, but of course use your common sense, and be aware of your surroundings.
Q: HOW DO I DRESS IN THAILAND?
A: Thai culture is relatively conservative so we recommend that you err on the side of caution. Shorts above the knee are fine in certain situations but we don’t recommend booty shorts or body hugging mid-drift tops. Dress comfortably. Cottons and linens are a good choice. Dresses and skirts are acceptable. Keep the beach wear on the beach. When visiting temples your knees and shoulders must be covered.
Q: WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
A: Thailand has a tropical humid climate all year round. It is pleasantly warm and sometimes incredibly humid. April is the hottest time to visit. Wearing loose, breathable clothing is your best bet.
Q: DO I NEED A PASSPORT?
A: Absolutely! Be sure that you have at least 6 months on it before it expires or else you may not be allowed into the country.
Q: DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR A VISA AT HOME?
A: If you plan on visiting Thailand for a total of 30 days or less you can simply fly in and you will receive a 30 day tourist Visa upon arrival at immigration. However, It’s always best that you contact the Thai consulate in your home country to get up to date information.
Q: ARE THERE PUBLIC TOILETS?
A: It depends on your location at any given time. You may be able to find a toilet to use but it will cost you 3-5 baht (less than 20 cents), with an added cost for toilet paper.
Q: SHOULD I PACK MY OWN TOILET PAPER?
That is completely up to you. We don’t usually carry toilet paper with us and we have never run into problems.
Q: CAN I TAKE MONEY OUT OF AN ATM?
A: Yes you can but it must be with your visa, and you will be charged a fee for withdrawing cash. You will also lose money with the exchange rate. We recommend contacting your bank well before the trip to (1) give them notice of your travels so that they don’t flag your transactions in Thailand as fraudulent, and (2) to ask them about ATM fees or other things you should be made aware of while traveling abroad.
Q: WHAT IS THE CURRENCY IN THAILAND
A: Thailand uses the Thai Baht. CLICK HERE to check out some currency conversion SmartPhone Apps that you may find useful to keep on your phone while traveling abroad.
Q: SHOULD I BRING CASH WITH ME?
A: We recommend that you exchange about $100 into Thai Baht at home and bring more with you to exchange as needed while traveling.
Q: SHOULD I GET VACCINATED BEFORE FLYING?
A: I (Giselle) have personally never received a vaccination for Thailand and I have been traveling there for 8 years; living there part-time for the past 3 years. Getting vaccinations is a personal choice. We suggest doing independent research and consulting with your primary care physician to determine what you’re comfortable doing regarding vaccinations.
Q: SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT MALARIA?
A: There is very little risk of malaria in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and many other places in Thailand. Of course, take precautions. If you plan on hiking through a jungle, wear pants, and long sleeves, and be sure to have insect repellent.
Q: ARE THERE STORES FOR LATE NIGHT SNACKS/FOR EMERGENCIES?
A: Yes. 7-11’s are located in almost every part of Thailand. They are open 24 hours a day and have snacks, drinks, herbal soaps, vegan yogurts, and shampoos, activated charcoal pills, sunscreen, oral rehydration salts, and much, much, more.
Q: IS THERE ACCESS TO CLEAN DRINKING WATER?
A: Yes, and that would be at any 7-11 and hotels. Alternatively you could purchase your own water filter (Lifestraw or Grayl brands are great) and filter tap water.
Q: CAN I PACK MEDICATIONS/SUPPLEMENTS IN ZIPLOCK BAGS?
A: You should pack any kind of medication in its original packaging.
Q: CAN I BARGAIN IN THAILAND?
A: You sure can! Bargaining in Thailand can be a lot of fun and it’s a big part of the shopping experience. Just be sure to play fair and know where you should and shouldn’t bargain. Markets are usually great places to bargain for example, whereas, malls are not.
Q: WHAT VOLTAGE/KIND OF ELECTRICAL PLUGS DOES THAIlAND USE?
A: Thailand’s electrical power is 220V and 50HZ. They use type A and type C electrical units. Search “Thailand Power Plug Adaptor” online or at electronics stores for affordable and portable adaptor options.
Q: CAN I GET A SIM card FOR MY PHONE?
A: Yes. As soon as you walk out into the arrivals hall at Suvarnabhumi airport you will see several booths selling SIM cards for your phone. We recommend TRUEMOVE.