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Thailand Travel Advice

With its jewel-like clusters of pristine islands, lush rainforests, and lively cities full of humble and friendly citizens; Thailand feels like the last empire on earth. Its jungle-topped mountains spill down to meet white sand, surrounded by crystal clear water. Thailand is a kingdom like no other.

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Your Guide to getting the best out of your visit to Thailand

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Brace for all kinds of weather

A tropical holiday destination, it goes without saying the general mode of weather in Thailand is hot and steamy. The Andaman coast (west coast) has a monsoon season lasting from April to October; whereas the Gulf of Thailand (east coast) are hit with rain from September to December.

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Be visa ready

As an Australian, if you arrive by plane, you do not need to apply for a visa for stays less than 30 days. However, if you arrive in Thailand by land, you are only able to stay in the country without a visa for 15 days

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Make sure you're vaccinated up

Before heading to Thailand, ensure your routine vaccinations are up to date at least four weeks before departure. These should include tetanus and diphtheria, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps and rubella, and chickenpox.

Mopeds need protection too

One of the most popular ways to travel around Thailand is by scooter. Traveling on a scooter is fun, efficient, and incredibly common; however, two-wheel travel is also dangerous. 

If you are traveling to Thailand, be sure to include our Motorcycle Add-on in your insurance policy. Our terms are easy to understand; you will only be covered if:

  • Whilst in control of a motorcycle or moped you hold a valid Australian motorcycle licence or Australian motor vehicle driver licence, and a licence valid in the relevant country
  • Whilst you are a pillion passenger the driver must hold a licence valid in the relevant country;
  • The engine capacity is 200cc or less;
  • You are wearing a helmet; not participating in a professional capacity; and not racing.
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Keep yourself safe

Always watch your drinks when out at a bar, and always stay with friends. You can stay abreast of the situation by visiting the Smart Traveller Website.

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Avoid drinking water and choose fully-cooked food

The tap water generally isn’t safe to drink, so stick to bottled water. It’s also advisable to avoid raw fruits and vegetables. Instead, opt for fruits that require peeling and fully cooked foods.

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Costs for everyone

Thailand can be done on a shoestring budget, making it attractive for backpackers and young couples. However, it also exceeds on the luxury side of things - so if you’re looking for a few weeks of high-class leisure, you’ve come to the right place.

Be prepared to weather the storm

A tropical holiday destination, it goes without saying the general mode of weather in Thailand is hot and steamy. The Andaman coast (west coast) has a monsoon season lasting from April to October; whereas the Gulf of Thailand (east coast) are hit with rain from September to December.

Be sure to monitor weather and flood level reports daily and to take official warnings seriously.  

Towel off in Thailand with Medibank Travel Insurance

Thailand is an ever-growing Australian holiday favourite. Between the country’s gorgeous sand beaches and its extreme affordability, it’s no surprise that Australians choose to travel to Thailand in droves.

Plus if you're a Medibank health member, you receive 15% off your travel insurance!

Limits, sub-limits, exclusions and conditions apply. This is general advice only. Medibank Private Limited, ABN 47 080 890 259, an Authorised Representative, AR 286089, of Travel Insurance Partners Pty Limited, ABN 73 144 049 230 AFSL 360138 arranges the insurance on behalf of the insurer. The insurer is Zurich Australian Insurance Limited ABN 13 000 296 640, AFSL 232507. Please consider your own needs and the Combined FSG/PDS available from Medibank stores or medibank.com.au/travel to decide if this product is right for you.