Travel tips Visas:
Visitors to Thailand who hold valid passports or traveling documents
issued by any country included in an officially issued list of eligible
countries are permitted one-month visa-free visits. If planning a
longer stay, a Tourist Visa valid for 60 days must be obtained from
a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate abroad. Visa extensions can be applied
for at the Immigration Department in Bangkok.
Tipping is not a usual practice in Thailand although it is becoming
more common. Most hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge
to the bill. Taxi drivers do not require a tip but the gesture is
appreciated. Bargaining: Fixed prices are the norm in department stores,
but at most other places bargaining is to be expected. Generally you
can obtain a final figure of between 10-40% lower than the original
asking price. Much depends on your skills and the shopkeeper's mood.
But remember, Thais appreciate good manners and a sense of humour.
With patience and a broad smile, you will not only get a better price,
you'll also enjoy shopping as an art.