The electric current in Thailand is 220 Volt AC (50 cycles) throughout the country. Travelers with shavers, tape recorders and other appliances should carry a plug-adapter kit. The better hotels will make available 110 Volt transformers.
Though tap water in Bangkok is technically safe to drink, the plumbing in certain buildings may make water inadvisable to ingest. Furthermore, travelers’ unaccustomed to otherwise harmless bacteria in the water could get upset stomachs from drinking ice that is technically ‘safe’ to consume. Bottled water in Thailand is recommended as it is cheap and ubiquitous and most ice is safe to consume as it is produced with potable water, with cube ice generally safer than crushed ice.
Fuel for cars in Thailand is predominately unleaded petrol, sold by the liter. Bigger vehicles, such as vans, use diesel. Both are readily available at petrol stations throughout the country. Prices range from 20 to 30 baht per liter. Most service stations accept Visa and MasterCard, and generally close by 10pm or midnight.
Measurements and Conversions
Thailand uses the metric system and road distances and speed limits are posted in kilometers and kilometers per hour.