General Information


In January, Thailand experiences a generally pleasant and dry climate, making it one of the most popular times to visit the country. However, it’s essential to note that Thailand’s weather can vary somewhat depending on the region you plan to visit. 

  • Northern Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai): 
  • Temperature: The northern region tends to be cooler in January, with daytime temperatures ranging from 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F). Evenings and early mornings can be quite chilly, so packing some warm clothing is advisable. 
  • Rainfall: Northern Thailand experiences very little rainfall in January, with most days being dry and sunny. 
  • Central Thailand (Bangkok, Ayutthaya): 
  • Temperature: Central Thailand, including Bangkok, enjoys pleasant temperatures ranging from 22°C to 32°C (72°F to 90°F). It’s a comfortable time to explore the city and its attractions. 
  • Rainfall: Central Thailand is relatively dry in January, with minimal rainfall. 
  • Southern Thailand (Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui): 
  • Temperature: The southern region of Thailand, particularly the islands, experiences warm and tropical weather in January, with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 32°C (75°F to 90°F). 
  • Rainfall: While the Andaman Sea side (e.g., Phuket and Krabi) tends to be drier in January, the Gulf of Thailand side (e.g., Koh Samui) may experience occasional showers or brief rain spells. However, these do not typically disrupt travel plans significantly. 
  • Eastern Thailand (Pattaya, Ko Chang): 
  • Temperature: Eastern Thailand has temperatures similar to Central Thailand, ranging from 22°C to 32°C (72°F to 90°F). 
  • Rainfall: Like Central Thailand, the eastern region experiences minimal rainfall in January. 

Overall, January is an excellent time to visit Thailand, with comfortable temperatures and relatively low humidity in most areas. It’s a popular month for tourists, so be prepared for larger crowds at popular tourist destinations. However, it’s advisable to check the specific weather forecast for the region you plan to visit closer to your travel dates, as weather conditions can vary from year to year. 


The voltage in Bangkok is 230 Volts, and the frequency of the electric current is 50 Hz. Hotels and homes in Bangkok primarily use 2-pin flat blade and round pin plug sockets (Type A and Type C). Modern buildings and establishments might also provide universal sockets that can accommodate various plug types. The current power supply in Bangkok is generally reliable, with fewer outages than in previous years. Over 99% of the city has a consistent electricity supply. Other regions of Thailand, such as the Northern provinces, have also seen improvements in their electrical infrastructure. Rural areas have increasingly gained access to electricity, with many now connected to the national grid and enjoying a 24-hour electricity supply.

Currency and Exchange rate

Thailand’s official currency is known as the Thai Baht (THB), which is available in various denominations, including 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2, and 1. The Bank of Thailand is responsible for regularly releasing the daily exchange rates.

Please refer to the link below to know the prices: https://www.bot.or.th/English/Statistics/FinancialMarkets/ExchangeRate/Pages/RatePolicy.aspx


Under normal circumstances, hotels in Bangkok typically apply a 7% Value Added Tax (VAT) rate along with a 10% Service Charge. Similarly, some guest houses, restaurants, and other establishments offering comparable services and registered with the Tourism Authority of Thailand may follow the same tax rates, but there could be variations. If these businesses are not registered for VAT, they might not apply the 7% VAT, but they could levy other charges. The exact charges in such cases cannot be stated definitively.

Regarding transportation services, it is common for most service providers not to be registered for VAT. However, if they do register for VAT, they may then apply the standard 7% VAT rate.

Please note that tax regulations and policies may change over time, so it’s essential for customers to inquire about the specific charges applicable to the services they are availing during their visit or stay in Bangkok.


The official language of Thailand is Thai. Thai, also known as Siamese, is the native language of the Thai people and is the primary language used in government, education, media, and daily life throughout the country. 

Thai is a tonal language with a unique script, which is written from left to right. The Thai script consists of 44 consonants, 15 vowel symbols, and various tone marks and diacritics. While the Thai script is the standard writing system, the Latin alphabet is also used for transliteration and in some signage and publications, especially in tourist areas. 

In addition to Thai, there are several regional languages and dialects spoken by various ethnic minority groups in Thailand, such as Isaan (spoken in the northeastern region) and Southern Thai (spoken in the southern region). However, these languages are not official languages and are primarily spoken within their respective communities. 

English is widely taught as a second language in Thailand, especially in urban areas and tourist destinations. It is used in business, tourism, and education, making it relatively easy for English-speaking travelers to communicate in Thailand, particularly in major cities and tourist hubs. 

Useful Thai Phrases.

English Thai
Sa Was Dee
Mai Chai
Thank you very much
Kob Khun
Good Morning
Sa Was Dee Ton Chao
Good Afternoon
Sa Was dee Ton Tieng
Good Evening
Sa Was Dee Ton Bai
Good night
Ra Tree Sawad
Ko tod
Nice to meet you
Yin Dee Tee Dai Roo Jak
I don’t know you
Mai Roo Jak
See you again
Leaw Pop Kun Mai
Dai Prod
How are you?
Pen Yang Rai Bang
What is your name?
Khun Chue A-Rai
My name is ____
Chun Chue ____
Rong Ram
Ar-Harn Chao
Ar-Harn Tieng
Ar-Harn Kum
What is the time now?
Kee mong leaw