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            Thailand Information


                The electric current is 220 volt AC (50 cycles) throughout the country. Many different types of plugs and sockets are in use. Travellers with electric shavers, hair dryers, tape recorders and other appliances should carry a plug adapter kit. The better hotels will make available 110-volt transformers.

Tap water: Tap water is clean but drinking from it directly should be avoided. Bottled water is recommended.

Clothing :

                 Light, cool clothes are sensible and a jacket is needed for formal meetings and dining in top restaurants. Shorts (except knee length walking shorts), sleeveless shirts, tank tops and other beach-style attire are considered inappropriate dress when not actually at the beach or in a resort area.

Weights & Measures :    

                 The metric system is used throughout Thailand . Numerals on vehicle speed ohmmeters, highway markers and speed limits all indicate kilometres.

Business hours :

                 Most commercial concerns in Bangkok operate on a five-day week, usually from 8 am to 5 pm . Many stores open seven days a week from 10 am to 10 pm. Government offices are generally open between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm with a noon to 1 pm lunch break, Monday to Friday except on public holidays. Banks are open Mondays to Fridays from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm except on public holidays.

Postal Services :

              Thailand 's mail service is reliable and efficient. Major hotels provide basic postal services on their premises. Provincial post offices are usually open from 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

                 International Roaming Mobile Phone : A Subscriber Identity Module Card (SIM Card) is now available for Thai and foreign customers who are travelling around for work. The SIM Card must be used in conjunction with a Digital GSM mobile phone within the 900-MHz range or a Digital PCN mobile phone within the 1800-MHz range.

Fax and E-Mail :

                 All of Thailand 's leading hotels offer facsimile (fax) and e-mail services. Numerous private businesses offer such facilities, most often in conjunction with translation services.

Internet Services :

                 Thailand has been expanding its information service for residents and tourists alike through the Internet system. Services are now available at Thailand 's leading hotels and at the many " Cyber-Cafes " that are cropping up in all major tourist destinations.

Telephone Services : At present, all telephone numbers (for local calls and long distance calls within the country) have nine digits.


  For Bangkok calls, 02 is added to the existing numbers i.e. 0 2694 1222.
  For provincial calls, an area code is added to the existing numbers. For example, area code for Chiang Mai is 053 = 0 5324 8604; area code for Phuket is 076 = 0 7621 1036.
  For mobile phones, After september 1,2006 , all Thai mobile phone numbers will be extended to 10 digits. Simply add an 8 in the middle of the   existing two-digit prefix, followed by the existing seven-digit number.For example, numbers starting with (66) 01 will become (66) 081 XXX XXXX
  The new system has no effect on international phone calls.
  The international dialing code for Thailand is 66.
  When making international calls to Thailand, add 66 and omit the leading 0.
  When making international calls from Thailand , first dial 001+country code+area code+telephone number
  If calling Laos or Malaysia , there is a special code which is charged at a semi-domestic rate.
  When calling Laos , first dial 007+856+area code+telephone number
  When calling Malaysia , first dial 09+06+area code+telephone number
  Direct assistance: 1133 (local), 100 (international)
Emergency Telephone Numbers :
  Central Emergency (Police, Ambulance, Fire) : 191
  Highway Patrol : 1193
  Crime Suppression : 195 or (662) 513 3844
  Tourist Police (English, French and German spoken) : 1155
  Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Call Centre : 1672
  Immigration Bureau : (662) 287 3101-10