Travel guide

Wonderful palaces and flavors from the heart

Thailand holds a special place in the hearts of travelers. Whether it’s beaches, mountains, nature, culture, gastronomy or nightlife, Thailand offers options that are hard to beat at an exceptional price. With tropical ambiences, friendly locals and a seamless tourism infrastructure, it’s no wonder people visit this kaleidoscopic country time and time again. Thailand’s appeal is largely due to its geography. Thailand is blessed with two long, winding coastlines that meander along the magnificent Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. Not all that glitters is gold, but brilliant shades of azure and green accompanied by swaying palms amid high karst mountains and prismatic waters that make Thailand a tropical dream incarnate.

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Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Hello = Sawat dii khrap (if you’re a man)
  • Sawat dii khaa (if you’re a woman)
  • Thank you = khop khoun khrap (if you’re a man)
  • khop khoun khaa (if you’re a woman)
  • I would like = ao
  • I don’t want = may ao
  • To say “a lot” we add “mak” at the end of the sentence.
  • It’s delicious = aroille; it’s very good: aroille mak
  • Thank you very much = khop khoune mak
  • It doesn’t matter / it’s okay / no problem = maille penne raille, is a phrase you’ll hear a lot in Thailand!
  • How are you? = Koune sabaille dii maille?
  • I’m fine thank you = phom (chane) sabaille dii, kop koune
  • I’m not well = phom (chane) maille sabaille
  • What’s your name: koune chuu araille? my name is: phom (chane) chuu …
  • How old are you? = ayouu taoraille? ex : age (40) years : ayouu (sii sip) pii
  • Who? = kraille?
  • What? = spider?
  • What’s going on? mii araille?
  • How? (how to) = yang ngaille?
  • What to do? = tham yang ngaille?
  • When? = mua raille?
  • Where? = thi naille?
  • Where to? = straw straw?
  • Where? = youu thi naille?
  • Where’s the post office? = praillesani youu thinaille?
  • I understand = khrao djaille
  • I don’t understand = maille khrao djaille Pardon : ko thôôte
  • I’m sorry = phom (chan) sia jaille
  • I can speak a little Thai = phom poute passa thaï nite noille
  • How do you say in Thai = paassa thaï poute yang ngaille?
  • What is = ni kuu araille?
  • Good luck = chok dii, often used to wish for a safe journey.

Key figures

Time zone: GMT+7 (Asia/Bangkok, ICT)
Time difference with Paris: 5 hours ahead 
When it’s noon in Paris, it’s already 5pm in Bangkok.


No vaccination is required on arrival, except against yellow fever for travelers from African or Latin American countries where the disease is present. 

To be updated:

  • DT Polio
  • whooping cough
  • hepatitis A (food risk), hepatitis B (sexual and blood risk),
  • measles (for children)

And, less systematically, depending on the personal risk of exposure, typhoid (food risk), rabies for “adventure” stays and for residents, especially children; Japanese encephalitis. Vaccination mainly concerns expatriates in rural areas, but should also be recommended to travelers with significant outdoor activity during periods of virus circulation (nights in tents, treks in rice fields, during the monsoon season in particular). Malaria is most prevalent in the regions bordering Laos and Myanmar, while dengue fever is spreading throughout the country. While Anopheles mosquitoes, which transmit malaria, are active from evening to early morning, Aedes mosquitoes, which transmit dengue fever, bite during the day. Protection with skin and clothing repellents and mosquito netting must be provided 24 hours a day.


Valid passport, valid at least 6 months after date of return, for French, Belgian and Swiss nationals. For other nationalities, we’ll be happy to help you with all the formalities.

If you’re traveling with your children, you should be aware that minors of all ages are now also required to have an individual passport. French law stipulates that minors traveling with one or both parents do not need to be in possession of an authorization to leave the country. On the other hand, this document is compulsory if this condition is not met. In the latter case, the child must present: a passport (or identity card, depending on the requirements of the destination country); an authorization to leave the country form, signed by one of the parents holding parental authority (the authorization to leave the country form is available at; a photocopy of the signing parent’s identity document. 

When a minor travels with a parent whose name he or she does not bear, it is strongly recommended either to be able to prove parentage (, or to present an authorization to leave the country (Cerfa form no. 15646*01) duly completed and signed by the other parent, together with a copy of his or her identity card. This authorization does not exempt minors from any other formalities specific to their destination.

No visa required for stays of less than 30 days (with confirmed return flight) for French, Belgian and Swiss nationals.