Information and advice you will need for moving to Thailand
The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB). The Thai Bhat can fluctuate against the British Pound so it is worth checking the exchange rate. Thai Baht banknotes come in denominations of 1,000, 500, 100, 50 and 20.
Opening a bank account in Thailand is usually fairly easy. Officially, a work permit is required but this is not always the case. Dress smartly when you go to open an account. Banks are modern, reliable and accessible, and ATMs are widely available.
The international dialling code for Thailand is 00 66. To dial the UK from Thailand, the code is 00 44.
The clocks in Thailand are set according to Indochina Time, which is GMT +7 hours.
Thailand has a tropical climate with high levels of humidity – temperatures are fairly high throughout the year. Most of the country, including Bangkok, has three seasons. Summer is from March to May, during which time temperatures can reach 35°C (95°F) and above. Monsoon season is from June to October, and prolonged heavy rain showers and flash flooding are common. November to February is cooler, with the temperature and humidity falling.
Vehicles are driven on the left in Thailand. Driving is generally safe and straightforward, although congestion in major cities, such as Bangkok, can make for challenging conditions. You can drive with a UK driving licence but to get insurance you will need an international licence. You must carry your licence and passport when driving. The legal limit for drinking and driving is stricter in Thailand than in the UK –it is advisable to avoid alcohol altogether if you’re driving.
The level of public healthcare in Thailand has improved and, while conditions in government hospitals can be crowded, the standard is satisfactory. Private hospitals offer a higher level of healthcare, so if you can afford it, private medical insurance is advisable. It is also advisable to carry your health insurance card with you at all times.
Sending your children to international schools is the norm for expats in Thailand. Most international schools are relocated in and around Bangkok, and are generally expensive. The standard of state schools is considered lower than that found in the UK, although there is growing demand among Thais for British-style curriculums. Boarding schools in Australia and New Zealand are another option.
The number to call for police is 191. For ambulance and rescue services, call 1554. For the fire service, call 199.
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