The official language spoken in Thailand is Thai, otherwise known as Siamese, but many people speak English.
Thai Baht (THB).
UTC +07:00, making Bangkok 12 hours ahead of New York and 15 hours ahead of LA.
A bottle of local Thai beer from a café or shop can be found for as little as 40THB. A Sangsom and soda bucket can cost from 125THB to 300THB, and are best shared!
Delicious Thai street food can cost as little as 50THB. For a sit-down meal somewhere midrange, expect to pay from 150THB and up.
A basic dorm bed in Bangkok can cost you as little as 125THB; expect to pay double on the Southern Islands such as Koh Phi Phi.
For a mid-range room for two people in a hotel or guesthouse, you'll pay upwards of 500THB. Fancier 4* hotels start around 1300THB and up.
Taxis cost start around 5TBH per kilometre, after the initial surcharge. A 6 mile ride should cost you about 120THB, and from the airport to Khao San Road, expect to pay from 355-535THB. Always ask for the meter to switched on.
A 10 hour bus journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai start around 500-600THB. A 12-15 hour bus journey from Bangkok to Phuket start at 1000THB. Boat trips between islands start around 350THB.
As long as you’re in possession of a valid U.S. passport with at least six months validity left on it, and proof of an onward ticket out of the country, you’ll be granted a free visa upon arrival in Thailand. You’re allowed 30 days in the country, but you can extend this to 60 days for a fee. *Visa and entry requirements are subject to change at any time. Please always check the current status with your applicable embassy prior to travel.