Spoken and written Thai remain largely incomprehensible
to the casual visitor. However, English is widely understood, particularly
in Bangkok where it is also the major commercial language. English and
other European languages are spoken in most hotels, shops, restaurants,
and major tourist destinations. Thai-English road and street signs are
also found everywhere.
Time in Thailand is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich
Mean Time (GMT + 7).
Thailand enjoys a tropical climate with 3 distinct
seasons: summer from March to June; monsoon rain with plenty of sunshine
from June to September; and cool weather from October to February.
The average annual
temperature is 28° C (83° F), ranging, in Bangkok for example, from 30°
C in April to 25° C in December.
The Thai unit of currency is the Thai Baht,
which is worth a little less than 4 US cents. USD1 = approximately 25
The Thai Baht is
divided into 100 Satang. "Copper" coins are valued at 25 and 50 Satang.
"Silver" coins are in denominations of 1, 2, and 5 Baht. A 10 Baht coin
is composed of both "silver" and "copper".
Bank notes are valued
at 10 Baht (Brown), 20 Baht (Green), 50 Baht (Blue), 100 Baht (Red), 500
Baht (Purple), and 1,000 Baht (Khaki).
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