GOOD TO KNOW

CURRENCY

Thai currency is called Baht and it is based on the decimal system. One Baht is divided into 100 Satang (which are barely being used right now). Coins consists of 25 Satang, 50 Satang, 1 Baht, 2 Baht, 5 Baht, and 10 Baht. Notes are in 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1,000 Baht.

Inbound Passenger: is allowed to bring in an unlimited amount of foreign and Thai currencies.
Outbound Passenger: An unlimited amount of foreign currencies is permitted to be carried out of Thailand.

*Note that the amount of 50,000 Baht or more in Thai currency must be reported on departure, except those traveling to Lao PDR., Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Vietnam are allowed to take out Thai currency not exceeding 500,000 baht.

CREDIT CARDS & EXCHANGE

Foreign currency notes of all major currencies can be exchanged at any commercial banks, most hotels, and airports. You can also exchange your money at authorized money exchangers. Major credit cards (VISA, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, etc.) are accepted at all major banks, restaurants, hotels, department stores, and shops.

Every bank open every Monday - Friday from 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM except for some bank branches especially those in the department stores which opens daily from 10:30 AM - 07:30 PM.

**Note: The Currency Exchange Rates are subject to fluctuations.

HEALTH REGULATION

As in most countries, visitors traveling to Thailand do not require vaccinations unless you’re traveling from or passing through a designated contaminated area.

CUSTOMS

Personal: Customs regulations allow visitors to bring in a reasonable amount of personal effects. Cameras, 200 cigarettes or 20 grams of cigars or smoking tobacco, and one liter of alcoholic beverage are allowed. Narcotics, counterfeit goods, and pornography are strictly prohibited. (For more information: https://www.tourismthailand.org/About-Thailand/Custom-Immigration)

Professional: The import of stationery items for use during conventions is not subject to import duties, as is professional presentation equipment imported under an AYA Carner.

VAT REFUND

Visitors entering Thailand on a tourist visa are entitled to a refund of 7% V.A.T. on goods purchased at registered retails outlets displaying “VAT Refund for Tourists” sign. You can also ask the personnel at the store if VAT Refund is available.

ELECTRICITY

Electrical outlets are 220 volts, 50 cycles, and accept flat-pronged plugs. Travelers with shavers, hair dryers, IT gadgets, chargers, and appliances is advise to carry a plug adapter kit. Some large hotels may have 110-volt transformers available for guests.


MEDICAL & OTHER EMERGENCY SUPPORTS

Thailand is capable of providing highly advanced healthcare. Not only we are entrusted by our neighboring countries but also by Western medical circles.

The closest Hospital to Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa is “Siriroj International Hospital” which is less than 30 mins from the Hotel. The contact number for Siriroj International Hospital is 076361888.

to reach an English-speaking operator call the Tourist Police or in the case of an accident, an ambulance service from one of the many international hospitals in Thailand.


THAI SIM CARDS - INTERNET PROVIDERS

There are 3 major suppliers in Thailand: True, DTAC and AIS. All of them have pros and cons, but their signal and 3G coverage is nowadays everywhere the same. So if you are going to the major touristy spots and you are not interested in 4G internet speed then simply choose the cheapest option of one of these 3 mobile companies. You will see signs everywhere saying: 'Thailand SIM card for tourist'.


TIMEZONE

Indochina Time - Time zone in Thailand (GMT+7)


FOOD

If you love food, you will love Phuket. There are restaurants to suit every taste, serving a huge selection of western and Asian food. The variety of cuisine and dining experiences is one of the major attractions of the island. You can eat breakfast at your hotel, lunch at a local noodle stall, and have dinner with fine wines in a sophisticated air-conditioned restaurant. While Thai food is world-renowned for its wonderful flavours and fresh ingredients, Phuket is especially famous for its seafood and, you don't have to empty your bank account to enjoy the most sumptuous of dishes.


THAI HANDY PHRASES

The first thing you need to know is that the Thai language changes a bit depending on whether the speaker is a man or a woman. The addition of the word Krub/khrup (male speaker) and Kah/kaa (female speaker) makes what is being said "polite".