Practical Information



French can stay in Thailand during a month, obtaining a free visa on Thai territory. For more information about visas, click here

Currency and exchange: 

The currency of payment in Thailand is the baht. There are numerous foreign exchange offices in the main cities of the country, and the numerous vending machines (ATM), which accept the main international credit cards.

Jet lag: time zone:         UTC+5 in summer

                                      UTC+6 in winter


Official Holiday and holiday:

The official holiday in Thailand is often lunar holiday. The calendar below is valid only for 2011. The Chinese New Year, at the beginning of February is not a holiday in Thailand, but numerous companies, managed by Chinese, are unemployed during this period.



  • Monday 2nd January             Substitution for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (Saturday 31 December 2011 and Sunday 1 January 2012)
  • Wednesday 7th March           Makha Bucha Day
  • Friday 6th April                     Chakri Day
  • Friday 13th April                   Songkran Festival
  • Monday 16th April                 Substitution for Songkran Festival (Saturday 14 April and Sunday 15 April)
  • Tuesday 1st May                   National Labour Day
  • Monday 7th May                    Substitution for Coronation Day (Saturday 5 May)
  • Monday 4th June                   Wisakha Bucha Day
  • Thursday 2nd August             Asarnha Bucha Day - Effective from B.E. 2550 onwards, the Asarnha Bucha Day is prescribed as a holiday, in replacement of the Buddhist Lent Day
  • Monday 13th August              Substitution for H.M. the Queen’s Birthday (Sunday 12 August)
  • Tuesday 23rd October            Chulalongkorn Day
  • Wednesday 5th December      H.M. the King's Birthday
  • Monday 10th December          Constitution Day
  • Monday 31st December          New Year’s Eve



Go to a meeting to Bangkok can fast turn in the nightmare. Due to the basic English speaking by taxi men, it is not easy to go to desired destination. It is advised to ask for a plan of access (if possible in Thai) to the company before going to the meeting.

On the other hand, and even if the situation tends to improve, traffic jam is very long and the trip can become painful. 

Fortunately, Thais companies know well about this problem, and are very tolerant on the delay of their visitors.



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