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Thailand is a popular destination with its tropical climate, food, culture and beaches.
Thai is the official language of Thailand. But, other smaller languages spoken in rural areas. The primary religion of Thailand is Buddhism and is prevalent in many aspects of culture throughout Thailand. Islam is also practiced in Southern provinces.
Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city, is also the largest city in the country. Bangkok is highly populated with congested streets, modern buildings and temples. It is most known for its nightlife.
Thailand’s other major cities include Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Thailand. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Thailand: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, and influenza.
Various mosquito-borne diseases are present in Thailand. Malaria poses a threat to travelers to some regions of the country. Make sure you are protected with antimalarials.
Dengue, Zika and chikungunya can also be found in Thailand. While there are no vaccines available for these diseases, there are steps you can take to prevent them. Be sure to use mosquito repellents, netting and wear proper clothing.
Medical treatment is adequate and common in urban areas. Healthcare is also available in rural areas, though the health care providers may not speak English.
To find out more about these vaccines, see our vaccinations page. Ready to travel safely? Book your appointment either call or start booking online now.
The CDC recommends cholera vaccination for travelers to Thailand. Due to the higher rates of cholera transmission in some areas, vaccination is key to protection against the disease.
Passport Health’s travel clinics carry VaxChora, the only cholera vaccine approved for use in the United States. Book your cholera vaccination appointment today by calling or book online now.
Other ways to avoid cholera by staying away from contaminated food and water. Be sure to wash your hands frequently.
U.S. citizens staying in Thailand for 30 days or less do not need a visa. But, their passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry.
Always carry your passport and visa with you to avoid arrest in Thailand.
For more information, see our Thailand visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Thailand has a tropical climate, warm and humid with temperatures in the mid-80’s.
There are three seasons in Thailand: the cool season (November-February); the hot season (March-May); and the rainy season (June-October).
The most popular tourist times are between November and March, when weather is mild and enjoyable.
In the past few years, there have been periodic terrorist attacks at popular tourist attractions in Thailand,. This remains a high-concern today. There is an ongoing risk of terrorist attacks in Thailand.
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has placed strict restrictions on media and have banned political gatherings. Tourists may be detained by the military for openly criticizing the NCPO.
Pick-pocketing is common in Thailand as is sexual violence in bars and isolated areas.
Do not use your passport as collateral. Many rental places are scams.
In Southern Thailand (Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and Songkhla), martial law is still prevalent. Tourists are cautioned against traveling to these areas.
There are over 40,000 temples in Thailand, making them popular tourist attractions. These temples range in age and architecture and many are still in use today.
Wat Pho, located in Bangkok, is one of the most popular due to its size and attractions within. It is one of the largest complexes in the country, holding many buildings. Wat Pho houses the largest reclining Buddha and largest collection of Buddha images.
The site is also headquarters for the teaching and preservation of Thai medicine. There, tourists can find two massage schools and pavilions.
You must take off your shoes to enter and you purchase coins to put into bowls for good luck. All the money goes towards renovating and upkeeping the site.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Thailand:
All Americans visiting Thailand should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
Once in Thailand, the information for the U.S. Embassy is:
U.S. Embassy Bangkok
95 Wireless Road
Telephone: + (66) (2) 205-4049, 02-205-4049 (within Thailand)
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(66) (2) 205-4000, 02-205-4000 (within Thailand)
Fax: +(66) (2) 205-4103, 02-205-4103 (within Thailand)
If you have any questions about travelling to Thailand or are wondering what shots you may need for your trip, schedule an appointment with your local Passport Health travel medicine clinic. Call us at or book online now! and protect yourself today.
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