For all its natural assets, there's more you'll need to bring to Thailand than just a bathing suit and hat. Knowledge is also key to a successful Thai holiday. Like currency, visa requirements and what or who is Tom Yum? Read on to find out the answers...
Australian passport holders entering Thailand via air are eligible for visa exemption and can holiday in the country for up to 30 days without obtaining a visa in advance. A similar exemption applies for overland travel, however, the period of time is only 15 days. If you wish to stay longer, you must be granted a visa. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Thai embassy.
The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and Thai Baht can change regularly, so in order to get the best exchange rate aim to monitor the rate in the lead up to your trip.
If you love to travel with your taste buds then you're going to love Thailand. Famed all around the world for its fresh and flavoursome cuisine, food in Thailand is a highlight for many travellers. Naturally, pad thai is a popular dish on the menu, combining rice noodles with fresh vegetables, sauces and spices to create a delicious and cheap meal. If you're keen to branch out from the typical Westernised meals, dig into a bowl of papaya salad or tom yum, a hot and sour soup featuring lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and a hearty dose of chilli. Keen to push the boundaries even further? Deep-fried insects are a common snack sold on the streets of Thailand. Served on a skewer with a dipping sauce, insects that make it into the fryer include ants, grasshoppers, crickets and silkworms. Other local produce that must be sampled include the incredible bounty of seafood available on the islands including some of the biggest prawns you'll ever lay eyes on.
Nightlife in Thailand is not for the faint-hearted — or the prudish. Things can get a little wild and gender bending with the country's famous ladyboys boggling the minds of many tourists. For the most part, Phuket and Bangkok are where you'll find most of the party hard and high-end action, although for every resort town there will be a dozen or so bars as well as entertaining shows like circus performances, cheesy cabaret and Thai boxing events on offer - all advertised ad nauseum from a truck driving around the streets. The trick to having a good time in Thailand is to leave your inhibitions at the door, take advantage of the cheap booze, keep a good sense of humour but be sure never to disrespect the locals.