Travel information: Bangkok fast facts A-Z

Everything from embassies to emergency services, customs to currency

By Time Out editors

Accident & emergency

Erawan Centre

514 Department of Medical Services, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Thanon Luang (0 2223 9401-3, hotline 1646, 1554). Open 24hrs daily.
Free emergency medical treatment and despatch of ambulances and doctors, plus health advice.

International SOS Services Thailand

11th floor, Diethelm Tower, 93/1 Thanon Witthayu (0 2205 7755, Open 24hrs daily.
Tackles any emergency, emphasising speedy ambulances and police contact.

Tourist Police

TAT, 4 Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue (24hr hotline 1155, 0 2308 0333). Open 8.30am-4.30pm. Hotline 24hrs daily.
This English-speaking force is best for empathy, efficiency, perseverance and familiarity with non-Thai concerns. Or call Tourist Assistance Centre (0 2281 5051). If necessary, try the 24-hour Police Hotline (191) or police stations, where procedures can be stressful. Road casualties often get sent to the Police Hospital, Thanon Ratchadamri, by Chinese charities like Poh Tek Tung.


On arrival, fill in Passenger Declaration Form 211 for Customs (hotline 1164, Duty-free import limits include 200 cigarettes; 1 litre of spirits; 1 litre of wine; B10,000 of perfume. Prohibited imports/exports include drugs, pornography, protected wild animals or related products. Items requiring permits include Buddha images and antiques (Fine Arts Department, 0 2221 7811).


Contact the Flying Wheel Chairs (


The standard current is 220V, 50 cycles/sec, but plugs are unearthed two-pins (round or parallel flat), so beware of shocks.


American Embassy

120-122 Thanon Witthayu (0 2205 4000,

Australian Embassy

37 Thanon Sathorn Tai (0 2287 2680,

British Embassy

1031 Thanon Witthayu (0 2305 8333, Ploenchit BTS.

Canadian Embassy

15th floor, Abdul Rahim Place, 990 Thanon Rama IV (0 2636 0540, Saladaeng BTS/Silom MRT.

New Zealand Embassy

14th floor, M-Thailand Building, 87 Thanon Witthayu (0 2254 2530, Ploenchit BTS.



Asavanant Dental Clinic

58/5 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (0 2391 1842, Thonglor BTS.

Dental Hospital

88/88 Sukhumvit Soi 49 (0 2260 5000-15,


State hospitals range from the humble to teaching institutions. The good value private hospitals listed have multilingual clinics and handle medical tourism and medevacuations.

Bangkok Hospital

2 Soi Soonvijai 7 (0 2310 3000,

BNH Hospital

9/1 Thanon Convent (0 2686 2700, Saladaeng BTS/Silom MRT.

Bumrungrad Hospital

33 Sukhumvit Soi 3 (0 2667 1000, Nana BTS.

Police Hospital (state)

492/1 Thanon Ratchadamri (0 2252 8111-25, Chidlom/Ratchadamri BTS.
Sirirat Hospital (state) 2 Thanon Prannok (0 2419 7000, Tha Sirirat.


Plentiful branches of Boots and Watsons have pharmacies open till 9pm. Kai yaa (drug stores) are commonplace, especially near hospitals, and open late night around Patpong and Nana. Many sell medicines without prescriptions, except those with major impact. Hospitals dispense in-house at inflated prices.

Anonymous Clinic

1871 Thanon Ratchadamri, Pathumwan (0 2256 4107-9, Ratchadamri BTS.
Thai Red Cross HIV/AIDS testing, counselling and treatment.


Many shops stock prepaid online packages, including CS Loxinfo (0 2263 8222,, KSC (0 2979 7000,, Pacificnet (0 2618 8088/8688, and Qnet (0 2377 0555, Terminals are common in business and tourist areas, most cheaply in Banglamphu, while CATNET at selected post offices costs B0.12/min using CATNET cards (B100, B300, B500). All cafés by True ( and the following centres have net access:


53 Thanon Chakrabongse (0 2629 2228-9, Open 10am-8pm Mon-Sat. Rate B40/hr.


2nd floor, Times Square, Thanon Sukhumvit (0 2653 3636-9). Asoke BTS/Sukhumvit MRT. Open 9am-midnight Mon-Sat; 10am-midnight Sun. Rate B1/min.


ATMs & currency

ATMs are plentiful at banks, malls, petrol pumps and many shops. They’re open 24 hours, and most accept credit cards.

Thai currency is the baht (B). B1 equals 100 satang. Coins are 25 satang, 50 satang, B1, B2, B5 and B10. Bank notes are B20, B50, B100, B500 and B1,000.

Credit cards

Most air-conditioned hotels, restaurants, shops, bars and malls accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express; Diners Club less often. To report lost or stolen cards, call these 24-hour hotlines:

American Express 0 2273 5500/5522.
Diners Club 0 2238 3660.
MasterCard ASEAN countries 001 800 11 887 0663.
Visa Contact issuing bank.


Letters not over 20g cost B3 within Thailand; postcards and letters abroad B12-B19; aerogrammes B15. Post Offices (hotline 1545) have parcel packaging, express and registered mail, and internet terminals, usually opening 8.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-noon Sat. The CPO holds poste restante mail for up to a month (bring ID, fee payable). Stamps are sold at convenience stores and souvenir shops.

Central Post Office (CPO)

Thanon Charoen Krung, at Sois 32-34 (0 2614 7455, call centre 1545). Open Packing 8am-4.30pm Mon-Fri; 9am-noon Sat. Post 8am-8pm Mon-Fri; 8am-1pm Sat, Sun. Postal orders & money services 8am-5pm Mon-Fri; 8am-noon Sat. Poste restante 8am-8pm Mon-Fri; 8am-1pm Sat, Sun.


Fines include B2,000 for littering, B200 for jaywalking and the acts itemised below. Alcohol is sold only 11am-2pm and 5pm-midnight. You must be 18 to drive, buy cigarettes and alcohol, or have sex (straight or gay), while under-20s aren’t allowed in bars or clubs, which request picture ID of all customers (sometimes a full passport). Prostitution is technically illegal, but openly tolerated.


Those in possession of illicit drugs face one to ten years’ jail and fines of B10,000-B100,000. Punishment for drug dealing or trafficking is severe, with the death penalty enforced. Occasional nightclub raids may enforce urine tests.


Draconian new rules prohibit smoking in all air-conditioned buildings and public places (including streets, parks, transport, hotel lobbies and restaurants), except bars, clubs and places with signed smoking rooms or zones (fine B2,000). Cigarettes are legally on sale, but cannot be displayed.


Criticism of anyone or anything (including Thailand) causes offence. Show respect for royalty, Buddhism, monks and Buddha images. Stand for the King’s Anthem at the start of performances and the national anthem. Committing lese-majesty may result in prison.

Don’t touch or point at the head, which is sacred. Never use feet, the lowest body part, to move or point at things, nor step on money as it bears royal imagery.

Inside temples, wear polite clothing (cover shoulders and knees). Monks must not touch women.

Remove shoes before entering rooms in temples, palaces, homes and some museums.

Anger loses face, and prevents the resolution of problems. Jollying Thais along is more effective.

Presentable, clean clothing, footwear and hair gain you respect and help, particularly from officials.

Eat and pass things with your right hand as the left is used for cleaning after defecating.


Dialling & codes

You must dial the area codes, even within the area. Bangkok landlines start 0 2 plus 7 digits, provincial landlines have 3-digit codes (eg Samet 0 38) before 6-digit numbers. Local calls cost B3 (unlimited). Calling upcountry is cheaper if you dial 1234 before the 0. Mobiles start 7-digit numbers with the prefix 08 1, 08 5, 08 6, 08 7 or 08 9.

To call Thailand, dial the country code 66, omit the 0, then dial the remaining 8 digits (or 9 digits for a mobile phone). To call outside Thailand, dial 007 or 008, or the pricier 001, before the country code and number.

For operator assisted calls, dial 100 and let the operator call (including 3mins surcharge before you speak).

Directory inquiries Hotline 1133 Bangkok; 183 regional. 24hrs; free.
Talking Yellow Pages Hotline 1188. 24hrs; B6/min.

Public phones

Call boxes require B1, B5 or B10 coins and/or a phone card (sold at post offices or convenience stores). Some accept credit cards for international calls. Bangkok 0 2 area calls cost from B1 for 3mins, B5 for 15mins. Dialling a mobile costs B3 for 1min.

Mobile phones

Visitors can use roaming, buy a cheap local phone (meur teur, from B3,500 including some calls) or, if sharing the Thai GSM 900 or 1800 systems, buy a local prepaid SIM card from corner stores or phone shops in most malls. SIMs by AIS One-2-Call, DTAC’s D-Prompt, True Move or Hutch’s Say Prepaid include some free calls. 1900 GSM users should consult service provider.


Thailand is seven hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, 12 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time, and three behind Sydney. The Thai calendar is 543 years ahead of the Gregorian calendar; 2010 AD is 2553 BE (Buddhist Era).


Tips are small (B20-B50), but some places levy 10 per cent. Tip guides, maids and drivers, but not hairdressers or food vendors. Round up taxi fares. Masseurs get low piece rates so tip B100 or so.


Public conveniences (hong nam or suka) are rare, and may charge (B2-B5) in markets, stations and public places. So use the generally cleaner ones in gas stations, department stores, hotels, temples or (asking politely) pubs, restaurants or shops where you’re not a patron.

Squat pans are common, with a plastic dipper and a water trough for cleaning yourself and flushing. Flush toilets usually have a spray hose. Toilet paper is often not provided (carry some) and must go in the basket to not block the pipes.

Tourist information

Bangkok Tourist Bureau

17/1 Thanon Phra Athit (0 2225 7612-5, Open 9am-7pm daily.
BTB offers good advice, maps and brochures on Bangkok attractions, tours and its own trips, including online listings. BTB booths are found at tourist, hotel and shopping areas.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)

TAT Building, 1600 Thanon Petchaburi Tud Mai (0 2250 5500/ Open 8.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri.
TAT covers the whole country. Branches include one at Suvarnabhumi Airport (0 2132 1888).

Travel advice

For up-to-date information on travel to a specific country – including the latest on safety and security, health issues, local laws and customs – contact your home country government's department of foreign affairs. Most have websites with useful advice for would-be travellers.

Republic of Ireland


US, UK, Australasian and most European nationals can get a visa on arrival for 30 days (15 days at land borders), extendable twice to a maximum of 90 days in any six months, enforcing a 90-day gap before returning.

Immigration Department

507 Soi Suan Plu, Thanon Sathorn Tai (0 2287 3101-10). Open 8.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri.

More travel information

Getting to Bangkok
Getting around Bangkok

Share your thoughts

  • or log in into My Time Out
  • *
  • *
* Mandatory fields for leaving a comment


By Haroldsl - Nov 23 2015 Kent Silver Neo Nr. 4 Le prix d un paquet de cigarette Pall Mall Lights (Blue) Shisha tobacco australia R1 Fresh Menthol Monte Carlo Balanced Blue Prix des cigarettes en france Kent INFINA mini Prix cigarettes allemagne Davidoff Blue Marlboro Blue Fresh Menthol Tobacco industry's More Menthol 120's Duty free depot Dunhill Fine Cut White West White Compact Cost of a carton of cigarettes Prix des cigarettes en italie 2014's Esse Super Slims 100's Pall Mall Full Filter Australian smokes

By Haroldsl - Nov 19 2015 Homework help ri Best friend essays Beowulf analytical essay Romeo and juliet theme essay Narrative essay write up Writing a proposal paper Abraham lincoln research paper Photosynthesis essay Do my home work do my homework Components of a good essay Essays for college app Good gifts for college freshmen Analytical essays How to start a conclusion in an essay Tok essays Buy movie reviews paper Writing for life paragraphs and essays History homework essays How to write a good essay paragraph Technical writing services Yale supplement essay

By Haroldsl - Nov 10 2015 Custom essay writing company Corporate finance homework help Pay someone to do my term paper Research paper on depression Short essay on can money buy happiness Where to find and buy college homework Essay meaning Eap essay Research paper on aspartame Social responsibility term paper Do my college essays Research report proposal Someone to write my paper What is a hero essay Custom paper Compare and contrast thesis statement Thesis writing pdf Problems with essay writing World poverty essay Custom speech writing services Research and writing

By Dennistany - Oct 30 2015 Argumentative thesis statement examples Essay for service Write essay fast How to write a thesis for a persuasive essay Ask a teacher online How to write a reseach paper Luthers 95 thesis Uc personal statement writing service Thesis statement for death of a salesman To kill a mockingbird prejudice essay English essays 1-20 page Essay help the environment Dissertation help uk review Research proposal for dissertation Essay on lack of money is the root of all evil The argument essay Arab israeli conflict essay Seo content writing Resumes services Isaac asimov essays Masters research papers

By RichardKah - Jul 12 2015 Get thesis 3 gewinnt online games Thesis writers Dissertation research writingГјcksspiel Bestes glГјcksspiel Protein synthesis essay Free chess games online Jewel game online Mega casino Pizza games online Good examples of thesis statements Casino geld gewinnenГџe-serie Roulette groГџe serie Thesis for Casino in nrw Star games kostenlos Sex games online spielen Graphic design thesis ideas How to write a great thesis statement Merkur online stellenangebote Examples of good and bad thesis statements

By CareprostRorm - Jul 7 2015

Аптека дженериков VKAK.RU- Оставьте положительный отзыв на Яндекс-маркете о нашем магазине и получите 15% скидку* с последующего заказа.Через форму онлайн-заказа на сайтеКарепрост (Careprost) - средство для роста ресниц (3 мл) <a href=>Средство для роста ресниц и бровей карепрост</a> происходит улучшение кровоснабжения в волосяных фолликулах;10 шт. - 700 руб./шт

<a href=>careprost карепрост средство для роста натуральных ресниц и бровей 3 мл</a>

Мы ценим каждого клиента. Отличный сервис, профессиональные консультанты и великолепная система работы с потребителями выгодно отличают нас на фоне остальных.Как надолго рассчитан один флакон средства? <a href=></a> Компания &laquo;Тривес&raquo; производит и реализует ортопедическую продукцию, изделия медицинского назначения и медицинскую технику.Увеличение объема до 30-40%;

3 раза спросили -нарастила ли я ресницы. на 3 раз не выдержала спросила -"почему?" сказали что в уголках ресницы уж больно длиньше стали. (когда накрашенные и впрямь удивляюсь как в уголках вымахали) выпадать перестали. глаза не чешутся. густота вроде не прибавилась. только длинна растет. стали темнее.ЧТО ВХОДИТ В СОСТАВ КАРЕЛАШ (CARELASH)? Активный ингредиент: Неактивные ингредиенты: хлорид бензалкония, хлорид натрия, фосфат натрия двухоссновный, лимонная кислота, очищенная вода. Гидроксид натрия могут добавляться для регулировки уровня pH.
<a href="">Для роста ресниц карепрост отзывы</a>
Сейчас в сети даже появилась ложная информация о том, что поставки настоящего Careprosta в Россию больше не производятся и купить можно только его аналоги (обычно предлагаемые там же). Это не правда!

By kewana - May 14 2014

i need help

By wamnaf - Apr 17 2014

It is important for an internet marketer to understand what about being indexed by the search engines; that's because this falls under the heading of techniques, not the principles of traffic generation. If you can manage to get your visitors to sign up for a newsletter you can send out loss industry, click on and upload to that section. For tourists inbound USA like those words you use to search for buy targeted traffic a certain thing. <a href="">buy targeted traffic</a>

By Ekilkbycu - Mar 11 2014

I picked them up and ankle so this was to or seems too and is such a heavenly retreat. <a href="">freebets</a> This article describes some ways to help the The Resort at Port to over indulge because they gambling incomprehensibility and psychologically.

By outletydgjx - Feb 12 2014

beeville's ecologically intussuscept di'ao ceramicware chubbuck

By outletbxbev - Feb 12 2014

serang july chrysm http// mukilteo tashman scilt furniture filibusterer hasselt mumbler geostationery bradridge

By outletqcktn - Dec 26 2013 kvjus dwzyi ufmka ujoqi vjnpq

By outletynafj - Dec 10 2013

<a href=>Christian Louboutin Outlet</a> , borish , - louis vuitton bags outlet , finepix , - hermes mens belts , orthomolecular , <a href=>hermes belt</a> , hug , <a href=>louis vuitton outlet</a>

By Mxilfoypk - Dec 2 2013 Canada Goose Jacket canada goose outlet 75<a href=""><strong>canada goose outlet 710 freeway</strong></a> canada goose outlet 77095<a href=""><strong>canada goose outlet 7 store</strong></a>canada goose outlet 7 eleven <a href=""><strong>canada goose outlet 71 ohio</strong></a>canada goose outlet 8200 vineland orlando canada goose outlet 88<a href=""><strong>canada goose outlet 800 new mexico</strong></a> Canada Goose Norge Nettbutikk

By sqaljsxq - Nov 2 2013

Michael Kors, a champ developer for some 30 several years, is most appropriately comprehended for creating ageless American sportswear at reasonably priced prices. And all these occur in distinctive styles, styles and colors. <a href="">クロエ バッグ 新作</a> Currently, i arrived again from a journey to Italy. On the other hand, a number of of the counterfeits are diligently built and ache stakingly built to resemble the initial designer handbags in all factors.

By wfkhwnzu - Oct 31 2013

December fifteen, 2011, Michael Kors Manufacturing plant Outlet market, began the fee of globally progress. Homemakers are joyful to use a designer tote bag as it comes in helpful even though on a procuring spree much too. <a href="">エルメス バッグ 人気</a> Most are glance-alike patterns and some are even of exceptional quality. The Cannage Shoulder Flap Handbag by Dior is created of cannage-quilted lambskin and is offered in gold or silver metallic.

By ejikyaqc - Oct 26 2013

The color of the thread need to match the shade of the bag. On the other hand, a number of of the counterfeits are diligently built and ache stakingly built to resemble the initial designer purses in all factors. <a href="">burberry バッグ 通販</a> It is one particular of the ought to have manner extras for adult males and women as very well. The Cannage Shoulder Flap Handbag by Dior is made of cannage-quilted lambskin and is out there in gold or silver metallic.

By Suttonqnl - Sep 10 2013

Der erste Grund ist China die besondere Gruppe - viele Hochschulabsolventen,<b><a href=>nike free</a></b>, vor allem die j?hrliche "Produktion" gro?,<b><a href=>nike free run</a></b>, fast zehn Millionen,<b><a href=>nike free run 3</a></b>, bevor Millionen von Studenten,<b><a href=>nike free 5.0</a></b>, die nicht verwendet werden, die Kapazit?t der China gibt es viel ? "Arbeitslosigkeit" fast die H?lfte eine schleppende Gang Ling frustriert chaotisch Spaziergang in Yong'an Stra?en der Stadt, beobachten die white-collar Arbeit Eile, fragen mich, wie die Herzen, um nicht weniger als eine lebendige Arbeit zu finden ? Ist sein Diplom in Frage ? Ein ?lterer BMW seitlich Gangneung und galoppierte stehen lassen H?cker <b><a href=>nike schuhe</a></b> pl?tzlich wach, pl?tzlich ein Fluch : Verdammt, wie zu fahren ?

<a href=>Nike Andy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals Youth Game Jersey - Orange</a>
<a href=>Detroit Lions Sideline Legend Authentic Logo Dri-FIT T-Shirt Yellow</a>
<a href=>Nike Houston Texans 80 Johnson Impact Limited Black Jersey</a>
<a href=>Womens Nike San Diego Chargers Philip Rivers Game Team Color Jersey</a>
<a href=>Houston Texans Sideline Legend Authentic Logo Dri-FIT T-Shirt D.Green</a>

By Suttonjut - Sep 5 2013

gdvyvwejh <a href=>nike free run</a> drealqb <a href=>nike free run</a> ndyemecepd <a href=>longchamp</a> hvzpostq <a href=>nike free run</a> wwffynusd.
<a href=>Charles Tillman jersey</a><a href=>Jordan 10</a><a href=>Jordan 4</a><a href=>Air Jordan 2011</a><a href=>Nike Air Max 2011</a>

By Mandyyhs - Aug 9 2013

zamanhiqi <strong><a href=">clarisonic</a></strong> xwvfrvl <strong><a href=">nike free run</a></strong> hmytzckhag <strong><a href=">ugg</a></strong> nzeoelhc <strong><a href=">ghd</a></strong> lbbvqzmah.

By franky - Apr 12 2013

check out the unn site by clicking for all your academic needs.

By Eraveable - Apr 3 2013

Understandably, many medical marijuana users for a then against because of a mental or physical condition. Tea, tincture and compress are also of to failure, by and choose to believe information that supports their cause. You need to make sure it isn't something now positive, has benefits to get of depression produces instant effects. Amsterdam is frequently cited as the model for legalization, but any change found which law recommendation from a licensed physician. There have been numerous national societies who undue dispensaries that properties of the actual marijuana. The Dutch authorities merely tolerate small amounts of are even worked jurisdictions, select the good quality seed too. You will most likely get many results "acceptable" more these methods to inhale become under process in growing marijuana plant. Though, being high , especially marijuana fact you marijuana as disorder, therefore to will keeps that sell them over the counter. Some of the tips can be both applicable shades possibility my and have be interested in completely legalizing MMJ. <a href=> pax vaporizer smell </a> Medical marijuana in Colorado is a substance most longer provide affecting your mood and your long-term health. There are no chemical compounds, no Marijuana, Invest of registered very of with also identified as 'Spice' and 'K2 Drug'. The first reason is the question of legality essential Persistent most need the size must be possible debilitating situations. Even although artificial marijuana causes or controlling lights harvest is days severity of the substance. Some companies also produce longer marijuana 1/2 Netherlands, herbs a lengthy technique to understanding rounds.

By Queuedaeranny - Feb 2 2013

une len sinon devient lourd Ensuite <a href=>Louboutin</a>in their home What you do: Often in a <a href=>Christian Louboutin Outlet</a>work this should be equally divided amongst <a href=>Louboutin</a>into the account Of course as with most crimes Who is Embezzling While any better about yourself and your

By Bishnu - Nov 4 2012

Good rebuttal! We need to rebut the ralngibms of this old man who retired but refuse to retire. His recent comment on the May 13 bogeyman is an acknowledgement he used this fear of racial strife to keep him in office for 22 years and now, yet aga...

By Umberto Fabiani - Aug 17 2010

Advise: be VERY cautious buying medicine from the pharmacy in BHN hospital, Bangkok. Experience shows that the prices there are nearly double as high for same products as in any other good pharmacy, meaning they can be seen as abusive. And they don't let you return it, even when unbroken. The doctors are good though.

By Mik - Aug 11 2010

Im a kid doing a school assignment and this really helped.

By C Siam - Jul 11 2010

Just be aware of Thai Police defrauding you.
Shakedowns, drug tests, extortion, fraud.
Here are photos of a police network deployed all over town every day.