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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Thailand. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Thailand.
Currencie(s): Thai baht
Corruption: Thailand has a corruption score of 64 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Thailand, watch out for muggers and beware of corrupt police officers. According to Transparency International, Thailand scores average on the list of corrupt nations around the world.
Thailand is concidered to be a relatively dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 2.28 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Bangkok is 20.
Age of Consent: 15 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Thailand.
Thailand scores a 2/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Driving: Left-hand traffic.
WARNING: You might want to rent a car, but remember: this is a left-hand driving country. This might be the opposite side of the road than you’re used to, so it will require more concentration to keep from turning their car directly into oncoming traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug A / B / C / O
Weather: Currently few clouds, with a temperature between 26 and 27.2°C (78.8 and 81°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 26.26 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to Thailand. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.