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Hiya all...

 

Just wondered if any of you experienced expats could advise me on all the important documents I would need to take with me for my trip to Thailand..

 

I am an English citizen.. wanting to go for a long holiday perhaps 2 or 3 months maybe more if possible, providing all is good.... 

 

Ive got a uk license and a uk passport.. I already have got my IDP going to be getting a multi entry visa..

 

Is there any thing else that would be very important for my trip that I need to take into consideration?????

 

Thanks in Advance and kind Regards...

 

 

 

 

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Really required is only passport and cash.

But i would advise to take a credit card, and maybe a backup credit card.

If you plan to drive the driving license + IDP, as you already mentioned.

Not really required, but in case you end up in hospital it could be helpful: Health insurance contact information and policy.

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56 minutes ago, jackdd said:

Really required is only passport and cash.

But i would advise to take a credit card, and maybe a backup credit card.

If you plan to drive the driving license + IDP, as you already mentioned.

Not really required, but in case you end up in hospital it could be helpful: Health insurance contact information and policy.

Thanks for the quick reply...

 

What could be helpful for the health insurance the credit card or the IDP?

 

Thanks 

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Ok that is very usefull information thabnk you very much for your advise..

 

I will take some of those precautions… 

 

Kind Regards

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Cash, in your bag on entry, 20000THB or Eqiv. (£510) In nice new undamaged Bank of England notes. They dont normally ask but you should have it to show if they do...no ATMs before Immigration.

Keep your boarding pass, from the flight you have disembarked from at BKK. (asked for that 3 trips ago).

 

 

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18 minutes ago, OJAS said:

If you have UK debit and/or credit cards which you are planning to use during your stay in Thailand, please make sure that your bank is informed accordingly in advance - otherwise you might find them blocked.

Usually good advice, but Halifax for example (possibly one of the most popular UK banks for an overseas travel card) now don't want to know.

 

https://www.halifax.co.uk/travel/help-guidance/

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9 hours ago, treetops said:

Usually good advice, but Halifax for example (possibly one of the most popular UK banks for an overseas travel card) now don't want to know.

 

https://www.halifax.co.uk/travel/help-guidance/

Interesting! I wonder how their fraud and security systems would be able successfully to differentiate between suspicious and non-suspicious activity undertaken in Thailand. Not that they would ever be likely to tell us, of course!

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If you are planning your trip to be on the cultural side i.e. Temples, Reclining Buddha's etc. the are hundreds of websites with all the information your need.  If however you to try the wilder side of life, you can do no better than read "Private Dancer" by Stephen Leather.  It's a legendary "must read" to be read before you get there.  Also if you've not been before, it might be as well to read up on what to do and what not to do in order to avoid situations where an innocent action (to a westerner) can be seen as an insult in Thai culture.  Many websites on the subject.  Have a good holiday.  I did the same about 18 years ago and stayed ever since.  

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does "perhaps 2 or 3 months maybe more if possible" mean you might be looking for employment sometime in the future?

 

in that case, look into what would potentially be needed in regards to certified or authenticated diplomas and transcripts.

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Is your mobile sim free/ unlocked?

If it is you can pick up up a SIM card, on floor two of BKK /Survarnabumi, just as you exit customs. ( you can pre order a sim online with a 15 day internet package, I’ve done it with DTAC, after you spend more than 200THB, after the initial package, you can enter a code and keep the credit valid for a year, if you will be back again)

I keep a UK sim and a Thai sim in the phone always!


You can keep all your document copies in the cloud (as suggested above) which is much cheaper using a local sim data package (they have on request, 24 hour internet Packages, which don’t repeat/ refresh for about 30baht /£0.75)
 

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If you don't have a Thai bank account, using your UK bank card in a Thai ATM can incur brutal charges. There's a 220 baht charge at the ATM, your bank will almost certainly charge you a foreign transaction charge, and the rate might be less than favourable - will probably cost you around £20 per transaction. To avoid this I used to carry a few thousand pounds with me and keep it safe, either well hidden in a secret part of my bag or kept in the safe, then change it up as you go as the exchange rates here are at least 15% better than in the UK. Or look at other options such as cards with no foreign ATM fee for example. Also, keep your credit card and debit card separate - so that if your wallet goes missing you still have access to cash. Notes need to be in mint condition, plus you get a small bit extra if changing £50 notes.

 

To make sure there's no funny business at the airport, make sure you have 20k baht or equivalent (take £550 just to be sure), have a printout of your hotel booking, and your return ticket (if you have one, if you don't, buy a cheap refundable ticket to show at immigration then refund it once you get settled in, although that might be overkill.).

 

If you take out travel insurance, make sure you have all the documentation and contact numbers with you. Consider writing the key details on a piece of cardboard and keep it in your wallet with your cards. Also make a colour copy of your passport and keep it safe. Thai copy shops can shrink the information page to a credit card-sized laminated card which you can carry in your wallet which is a good idea.

 

Also, if you have any emergency contact phone numbers make sure you have these written down somewhere in case your phone gets lost, unless of course you can remember them.

 

If you are considering looking for employment either in Thailand or a neighbouring country, then you're gonna need your birth certificate, degree certificate and transcript, and maybe details of a reference.

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