Travel Guide To Thailand 

Indian Embassy in Thailand

Embassy of India, Ocean Tower 2, 75/120-121,
42nd Floor [75/32-33, 20th Floor for Consular, Passport and Visa Services], Soi Sukhumvit 19,
Bangkok-10110
Tel: 02-2580300-6
Fax: 02-2584627 / 2621740
Email: enquiries.bangkok@mea.gov.in

Visa Process for Indians

The following documents are required to get a visa to Thailand

  • Original passport valid for 6 months from the date of arrival in Thailand
  • Confirmed air tickets with E-ticket Number
  • Proof of funds to cover the stay (10,000 Baht per individual in case of Visa on Arrival)
  • Confirmed hotel bookings

Thailand also offers visa on arrival to Indian citizens.

About Thailand

Historic, cultured, fun-loving and friendly, Thailand is one of those countries that instantly make you fall in love. From tropical beaches to the glittering temples and super-friendly locals, this country is an excellent amalgamation of the old and modern world.

Top Places to Visit in Thailand

Bangkok – The capital city of Thailand boasts of an amazing infrastructure and is well equipped with all the facilities. Top attractions of Bangkok include the Madame Tussauds Museum, Siam Underwater World, The Grand Place, Floating Market and the Chatuchak Weekend Market. The city has an amazing line of shopping malls and nightclubs that are enough to keep anyone busy throughout the day.

Phuket – First thing first, you are going to get spoiled for choices when in Phuket. From water activities to clubs, amazing food joints and places offering holistic pleasures, there is something for everyone in Phuket. All you need to do is to book a place to stay and just explore this gorgeous city slowly.

Pattaya – Pattaya is a beautiful trap that is known for its mind-blowing beaches, 24-hour clubs, cabaret bars, high-rise condos and what not. When in Pattaya, the Walking Street, Jomtien Beach, Sanctuary of Truth and Mini Siam should not be missed.

Phi Phi Islands – Breathtaking is the word for Phi Phi Islands. Phuket serves as the gateway to Phi Phi Islands by offering daily tours. Visitors are advised to book their tour well in advance for a hassle-free experience. Phi Phi Islands are tucked between the Straits of Malacca and Phuket.

Krabi – Yet another exciting place to see in Thailand is Krabi. The dense mangrove forests and sheer limestone cliffs make it a popular tourist destination. For those seeking for a relaxed holiday in Thailand, Krabi serves the best.

Chiang Mai – It is a modern city that serves as a cultural and religious centre for Thailand. In short, Chiang Mai is temples galore. This city served as the former seat of the Lanna Kingdom and is blissfully a great place to relax. Some must-visit attractions include Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Doi Suthep – Pui National Park.

Ko Samui – Last on the list is the magnificent Ko Samui. Attracting budget travellers from all around the world, this place is a must-visit when planning a vacation to Thailand. Popular tourist spots include Chaweng Beach, Wat Plai Laem, Lamai Beach and Wat Phra Yai.

How to Reach

Bangkok International Airport, also known as Suvarnabhumi Airport has daily flights from India. All major carriers including Thai Airways offer direct flights from Indira Gandhi International Airport. It takes roughly around 4 hours 15 minutes to reach Bangkok from India.

Best Time to Visit

Though the climate varies throughout the year in Thailand, no such season is not favourable for a visit. However, for those who can’t stand the heat, they can plan their trip anytime between November and early April as the weather during this period is cool and dry.

Things to Pack

Regardless of the season that you choose to visit Thailand, there are a few things that you must carry with you when visiting this gorgeous country.

  • Cool and comfortable clothing that dries quickly
  • Slip-on shoes
  • Bathing suit, sunscreen and an umbrella
  • A small backpack that has enough space to store all essentials
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel Insurance – one of the most important things to carry when travelling abroad

Top Delicacies of Thailand

Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup) – The aroma of Thai food is enough to attract anyone. The same goes for Tom Yum Goong. Lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce, create the perfect blend and serve as the backbone of this delicious soup. Taste it once, and we are sure you will never be able to get enough of it.

Pad Thai – One of the most amazing dishes that you can taste while vacationing in Thailand is Pad Thai. It is a typical stir-fried rice noodle dish that is found in every restaurant and also glazes the street food stalls.

Gang Som Pak Ruam – It is a delicious reddish orange soup with sour and sweet serving as the most protruding flavours. This soup is highly addictive for those who like vegetables as it is served overflowing with all kinds of vegetables and zing!

Shopping List Essentials

Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok – Budget shoppers will have a great time shopping at the Chatuchak weekend market in Bangkok. Also known as JJ Green Market, this shopping fiesta offers a wide variety of things to shop. From spices, herbs to clothing, anything and everything are found here.

Pa Tong, Phuket – The Pa Tong district of Phuket has many street shops lined up in full glory. From the popular soaps to clothing, accessories, bags and more, this area will serve you well regarding shopping. All you need to do is to gear up well to bargain.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market – Offering a unique experience of shipping while sitting on a boat, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is nothing less than an experience. From fresh produce to everything else that you can image, this market has it all.

Top Indian Restaurants in Thailand

Bombay Kitchen, Phuket – Craving for food like homeland? Well, Bombay Kitchen will serve you well. The ambience, staff and the owners of this place are extraordinarily courteous and leave no stone unturned to make you feel home. The best part is that the first floor has an amazing setup to enjoy an evening away from the hustle bustle of the city life. In short, Bombay Kitchen is home away from home.
Address – Soi Sansabai, Pa Tong, Kathu District, 83150, Thailand

Punjab Grill, Bangkok – Serving authentic Indian delicacies, Punjab Grill needs no introduction. The ambience, staff and the overall feel of this place will make you feel home.
Address – 23/2-3 Soi Sukhumvit 13 | Radisson Suites Bangkok Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Indian By Nature, Pattaya – All those who have tasted the food of Indian By Nature have fallen in love with the taste and the service. In simple words, they can’t wait to eat there again. The perfect combination of Indian food and warm hospitality make this one of the best places to savour Indian food in Pattaya.
Address - 306/64-68, Thappraya Road | Chateau Dale Plaza, Pattaya 20150

Healthcare Centres

Bumrungrad International Hospital
Address - 33 Soi Sukhumvit 3, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, 10110, Bangkok, Thailand
Contact Number - +66 2 066 8888

Mission Hospital Phuket
Address – 4/1 Moo 3 Thepkasatri Road Tambon Ratsada, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
Contact Number – +66 76 237 220

Tourists are advised to book travel insurance while booking their flights and stay for a relaxed stay when in Thailand.

Currency

The official currency of Thailand is Baht.

Basics of Local Communication

Owing to the number of tourists Thailand welcomes every year, locals easily understand English. Moreover, many hotels, restaurants and clubs are operated by Indians and are fluent in Hindi, English and Thai. For all other places, here are a few phrases that you must know to have a great experience exploring Thailand.

English Thai
Hello Sawadee krub
Yes Krup/ Ka
No bplao
Do you have water? Mee naam mai krup?
Thank you Kkop khun krub for men and kkop khun for women

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What kinds of medical coverage’s are provided??

The following medical expenses are covered: 

  • Travel insurance includes medical expenses, repatriation, and emergency medical evacuation. Even dental care expenses such as acute anesthetic treatment of teeth are covered.

What is a deductible?

“Deductible”means a cost-sharing requirement under this policy, that provides that the insurer will not be liable for a specified rupee amount or percentage of claim amount or number of days or number of hours, as specified in the policy schedule and which will apply before any benefits are payable by the insurer. A deductible does not reduce the sum insured and is applicable per event, upto the specified limits mentioned.

What Is Not Covered Under the Travel Insurance Plan?

  • Medical Expenses (inclusive of Repatriation and Emergency Medical Evacuation), Daily Allowance in case of hospitalization, Compassionate Visit benefits, the following will not be payable for Any pre-existing condition, Routine examinations, Expenses for rest or recuperation at spa/ health resort/ sanatorium, Pregnancy (including childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or related complications ) or treatment relating to the removal of physical flaws or anomalies (cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery).
  • Cosmetic surgery, unless such cosmetic surgery is rendered medically necessary as part of treatment for accidents and burns whilst being abroad.
  • Suicide, attempted or wilfully self inflicted injury or illness, mental disorder, anxiety, stress or depression, venereal disease, alcoholism, drunkenness or the abuse of drugs, or any loss arising, directly or indirectly, from any injury, illness, death, loss, expense, or other liability attributable to HIV and/or any HIV related illness including AIDS and/or any mutant derivative or variation thereof however caused.
  • Treatment which could be reasonably delayed until the Insured’s return to India, which will be decided jointly by the treating Physician and the Emergency Assistance Service Provider and shall be in accordance with accepted standards of medical care.
  • The Insured taking part in naval, military or air force operations; war and nuclear perils.
  • Insured engaging in air travel unless he or she flies as a Fare Paying passenger in an aircraft licensed to carry passengers.
  • Participation of the Insured in winter sports, mountaineering and such other professional sports or any other hazardous or potentially dangerous sport for which the Insured members are adequately trained, physically fit and using proper equipment. and that too only if specifically agreed and mentioned in the policy schedule.
  • Hazardous occupation, or if engaged in any criminal or illegal act.
  • Medical Expenses in respect of Experimental, investigational or unproven treatments or treatments which are not consistent with or incidental to the diagnosis and treatment of the positive existence or presence of any Illness for which confinement is required at a Hospital. Any Illness or treatment which is a result or a consequence of undergoing such experimental or unproven treatment.
  • Naturopathy treatment.
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What Is Covered Under Travel Insurance?

Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption


Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.


Trip Delay


 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

Why do I need Travel insurance?

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