What to Bring

Our guest room has its own bathroom stocked with towels, soap, shampoo, toothpaste. If you are particular about your brands then you should bring your own toiletries otherwise you are welcome to use what we have so you don't have to carry them along. We also have sunscreen and bug spray. Of course we have guidebooks so you don't need to worry about buying one or bringing it along unless that's what you want to peruse during the 24 hour flight! I recommend light, loose fitting clothes because you will sweat a lot. We have a pool in our building so bring your swimsuit. We also have a gym if you like to workout.  

Visa Info

Basically the bottom line is, if you are just coming to visit for less than 30 days you don't have to do anything in advance. You will just get stamped at the airport, there shouldn't be a fee.

http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/services/visa/acs/thaivisainfo.htm

From this link you can access a guide for travelers that is put out by the Embassy http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/embassy/acs.htm

Weather

Basically it is hot and humid all the time and rains a lot. http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/city_guides/results.shtml?tt=TT002890  

 

Airport Info

We will discuss on a case-by-case basis getting from the airport to our house. Some visitors will probably want us to come to the airport in a taxi and bring them back. Others may feel up to just hopping in the taxi on their own. Regardless, here is some information about the airport just to have a sense of things.

Website http://www.bangkokairportonline.com/

Transportation http://www.bangkokairportonline.com/node/52

Departure Tax http://www.bangkokairportonline.com/node/66  (although our friends who already came to visit did not pay a fee when they left)

Tourist Attractions

I've linked to most of these through http://www.thailandguidebook.com Information can be found on these sites lots of other places, I just liked that the site is written by teenagers, so it's a quick, simple overview.

The Grand Palace and The Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) http://www.thailandguidebook.com/palace1.html

The Marble Temple (Wat Benchamabophit) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Benchamabophit

The Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) http://www.thailandguidebook.com/watpho01.html

Erawan Shrine http://www.thailandguidebook.com/erawanshrine.html

City Pillar Shrine http://www.thailandguidebook.com/lakmuang.html

Victory Monument http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_Monument_(Bangkok)

Lumpini Park http://203.155.220.217/office/ppdd/publicpark/english/mainpark/E_Lumpini.html

Jim Thompson's House and Museum http://www.jimthompsonhouse.com http://www.thailandguidebook.com/jthompson.html

Chinatown http://www.thailandguidebook.com/chinatown.html

Chatachek Market http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatuchak_weekend_market

Floating Market http://www.thailandguidebook.com/floatingmarket.html

 

 

 

Excursions

Ayutthaya/Bang Pa-in http://www.thailandguidebook.com/provinces/ayutthaya.html

Kanchanaburi and the Bridge over the River Kwai http://www.thailandguidebook.com/k_index.html

Koh Samui http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koh_Samui

Phuket http://www.thailandguidebook.com/provinces/phuket.html

Chang Mai http://www.thailandguidebook.com/chiangmai.html  

Health Information

http://www.mdtravelhealth.com/destinations/asia/bangkok.html

Medevac Insurance - Not sure that it is necessary (we have never done it) but it was something that was recommended to us by the medical staff here so we thought we should at least mention it.

Maps

Major Cities : http://ragustudio.com/ragu_assets/travel/thailand/thaimap.gif

Bangkok : http://www.bangkok-maps.com/