Bring an open mind and a sense of humour. Don't come with too many preconceived ideas about what Thailand is like, as media and friends’ experiences have a habit of distorting reality. Here are a few tips for Thailand to get your started, if you want more advice check out these useful Thailand tips from gapper Lucy Hayhurst too.
Check with your embassy or consulate before you go, but generally...
Countries/territories that do not require a visa for stay up to 90 days: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and South Korea.
Countries/territories that do not require a visa for stay up to 30 days: (30 days when entering by air; by land border only 14 days)- Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Monaco, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.
Countries/territories that do not require a visa for stay up to 14 days or others: Cambodia, Ukraine.
If you overstay your visa you’ll be fined 500 baht per day. It’s easy to avoid overstaying by doing a visa run to a neighbouring country overland or via a cheap flight.
The currency of Thailand is the baht (THB, ฿), written in Thai as บาทor บ. ATM s can be found in all cities and large towns, and international withdrawals are not a problem. More remote areas (including smaller islands) don't have banks or ATMs, so cash or traveller's checks are essential. The shopping in Thailand is cheap and plentiful - you'll have a great time.
The official language of Thailand is Thai ( ภาษาไทย), with different dialects being spoken across the country.
English is compulsory in most schools and widely spoken in the larger cities, although in rural areas a little Thai will come in handy.
Gapper Adam Lunn has written an awesome guide to Thailand - take a look to find out more.