Usual business hours are 8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Banks are open between 8.30am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday. Branches in
department stores are open from 10.00am to 8.00pm seven days a week.
Foreign exchange counters are generally open between 7.00am to 8.00pm. In
some limited locations there are currency converting machines which convert
foreign bank notes. These are open 24 hours.
Government offices are usually open from 8.30am to midday and 1.00pm to
4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Large department stores are open daily from 10.00am to 8.00pm, though some
open until 10.00pm.
Some supermarkets such as Foodland, together with Family Mart and 7-Eleven
convenience stores are open 24 hours, seven days a week.
Small stores usually open 12 hours a day.
The sale of alcohol is strictly regulated and limited to certain hours
during the day.
January 1 – New Year's Day
April 6 – Chakri Day
April 13 – Songkran (Thai New Year)
May 1 – Labour Day
July 28 – H.M.the King’s Birthday
August 12 – H.M.Queen Sirikit’s Birthday & Mother’s Day
October 15 – H.M.King Bhumibol Adulyadej Memorial Day
December 5 – National Day & Father’s Day
December 10 – Constitution Day
December 31 – New Year's Eve
Thailand has three distinct seasons:
From November to March the weather is dry and somewhat cooler than the rest
of the year. Very little, if any, rain falls at this time of the year and
its the ideal time to visit Thailand.
The three months from April to July leading up to the wet season are hot
and humid and generally unpleasant outdoors if you are not used to the
From August to October/November is the wet season. While it does not rain
constantly nor is the sky always overcast, a tropical downpour lasting an
hour or two is typical on most days. Taking an umbrella whenever you go out
is therefore advisable during this season. Traffic can become gridlocked by
flash flooding and accidents, so travel can be extremely frustrating during
a storm. However it is always warm, the run-off disappears reasonably
quickly and life resumes after the storm.
For weather details in Thailand, please visit the
World Meteorological Organization
Oanda currency converter
The official currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht.
Time zones and time differences
is 3 hours behind Australian Eastern
Standard Time (AEST) and 4 hours behind AEST during daylight savings.
To find out the current time in Bangkok, view the
country code is 66
For calls to Thailand from Australia dial: 0011 + 66 + area code +
For calls from Thailand to Australia dial: 001 + 61 + area code + telephone
Find out more about
Australian area codes
international dialling codes
Electricity and Water
Thailand’s power supply is 220 volts, 50Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 3, 4 wires. Pack an adapter as both round and square plugs are used.
Links and resources
Travel and Tourism
Tourism Authority of Thailand
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