The official language spoken in Thailand is Thai, otherwise known as Siamese, but many people speak English.
Thai Baht (THB).
100 Thai Baht is approximately $2.70 USD.
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 cost as little as 40THB (around $1.30). A Sangsom and soda bucket can cost between 124THB ($3.50) to 300THB ($8.50), and are best shared!
Delicious Thai street food can cost as little as 50THB ($1.40). For a sit-down meal somewhere midrange, expect to pay between 150THB ($4.20) to 300TBH ($8).
A basic dorm bed in Bangkok can cost you as little as 125THB ($3.50); 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 $12. Fancier 4* hotels cost around $30-40. Book in advance with STA Travel to bag the cheapest rates.
Taxis cost around 5TBH (14¢) per kilometre, after the initial surcharge. A 6 mile ride should cost you under 120THB, and from the airport to Khao San Road, expect to pay between 355-535THB($10-15). Always ask for the meter to switched on.
A 10 hour bus journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai costs around 500-600THB ($14-16). A 12-15 hour bus journey from Bangkok to Phuket costs 1000THB ($28). Boat trips between islands cost around $10.
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.