Facts for the Visitor

US citizen: No visa required for a 30-day stay.
Japanese citizen: No visa required for a 30-day stay.

Language Skills Needed
English is sufficient everywhere with foreign clientele.

Cash Machines
Every cash machine dispenses Thai Baht and is connected to the Plus and Cirrus international networks.

US$ 1 = 43.9 THB (Thai Baht) on January 8, 2002.

Pick up a free "Map of Bangkok" at the Tourist Information Office in the Bangkok Airport lobby. This free map has bus routes, but it contains some inaccuracies, like the location of the Laos Embassy in Bangkok.

Bookstores sell the "Bangkok Tourist Map". It's similar to the free map but more accurate.

220V, 50Hz. Sockets fit US/Japan style 2 straight pin and European style 2 round pin plugs.

International Certificates of Vaccination are not required.

Tips are not expected.

Some public phones accept pre-paid phone cards. Others accept coins.

Internet points are found in backpacker areas and shopping malls.

Bangkok Transportation
Taxi Meters start at 35 Baht for the first 5km. A taxi from the airport to downtown will cost about 250 Baht.
City Bus Non-air conditioned buses are 3.5 Baht for any distance. Buses with ceiling fans are 5 Baht for any distance. Air conditioned buses charge by distance and generally cost between 8~14 Baht around town.
Airport Bus Airport buses run along 3 routes between the airport and downtown. The fare is 100 Baht.
Sky Train (BTS) BTS distance is limited to downtown and fares, between 25~40 Baht, are on the high side relative to other Bangkok prices, but its often the fastest way to travel across town.

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