Visiting Thailand: The Basics

Anytime we travel we like to get a solid handle on the basics of the places we are visiting.  *NB: This information about travelling in Thailand was valid for us in July, 2023 as we planned our six month, 2023-2024 trip.  Please take the time to double check any information at things tend to change over time.

Thai Embassy in Toronto

180 Island Park Dr
We contacted the Thai Embassy for information about extending our stay in Thailand, and they were very good about responding.

Travel Advisory

Learn what the government of Canada has to day about safety concerns.


The local currency is the Bhat (B). At the time of writing the exchange is 1 CAD = 26 B. Click here for up to date currency rates.


In major cities credit cards are accepted at mid-range and high end locations. It's good to have access to cash for street food, markets, small towns and villages. We find that in Toronto Calforex provides the best exchange rate. We're planning to take as much cash as we think we'll need so we can minimize the need to access ATMs once we arrive.


Indochina Time. GMT/UTC +7 hours


Calling Thailand from Canada

011 - Exit code for Canada, and is needed for making any international call from Canada
66 - ISD Code or Country Code of Thailand
Area code - There are 79 area codes in Thailand. If there is an area code dial area code of the city in Thailand you are calling after dialing ISD Code. If there is no area code dial the Recipient's Telephone Number after ISD Code.

Emergency Numbers In Thailand

To reach an English-speaking operator call the Tourist Police. In the case of an accident, call an ambulance service from one of the many international hospitals in Thailand.

Tourism Police: 1155
Police: 191
Ambulance and Rescue: 1554
Fire: 199
Private Air Ambulance (Siam Air Care): 02 586 7654

Entry Visa

• Canadian citizens may travel to Thailand for tourism for 30 days without a visa
• Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months
• You must have an air ticket leaving Thailand within 30 days of your entry
• adequate finances equivalent to at least 10,000 Baht per person ($385 CAD at the time of writing this) or 20,000 Baht per family ($769 CAD)

Travellers from Canada may re-enter and stay in Thailand for a cumulative duration of 90 days within any six month period from the date of first entry. Please note that entering Thailand under the visa exemption scheme by air has no limitation for the number of entries. On the other hand, entering Thailand by land is limited to twice per per calendar year.

Extending Your Stay In Thailand

If you’d like to stay in Thailand  longer than 30 days, you can apply for a Thai visa online at

 Cost to apply: USD $40

The visa approval takes up to 20 business days, with no expedited service provided, once the complete application with all supporting documents has been submitted. Incomplete information will cause a delay in your application.

In the case that additional documents are requested, the visa process will take more than 20 business days. It is recommend that you apply two months before your departure date.

The Visa fee is non-refundable; please check the information to ensure everything is correct before submitting the application. Double-check all information especially if your device is using autofill or auto-correct.

The Royal Thai Embassy, Ottawa “can not” issue a visa for foreign nationals who are currently in Thailand. All travellers need to obtain a visa before entering Thailand.

After the e-Visa application has been approved, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to applicants. It is kindly requested to print a copy of the confirmation e-mail to present to airline and Thai Immigration officials to carry out checks when travelling to Thailand.

Upon arrival, travellers with this type of visa may be permitted to stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 60 days.

Embassy of Canada in Bangkok

15th floor, Abdulrahim Place
990 Rama IV, Bangrak
Bangkok, 10500, Thailand

Phone: +66 (0) 2646 4300
Emergency Phone: +66 (0) 2646 4300
Fax: +66 (0) 2646 4345


Accredited Hospital

JCI accredited hospitals 

An independent, not-for-profit organization, Joint Commission International (JCI) identifies, measures, and shares best practices in quality and patient safety around the world.

Thailand has 61 accredited hospitals.  Click here to view the list. 

International Society of Travel Medicine 

Located in more than 90 countries, clinics offer pre-travel immunizations, counselling and medicines to help protect travellers while travelling internationally. 

There are 13 ISTM medical facilities in Thailand. Click here to search.

Find this content enjoyable and useful? Buy us a coffee!

Many people tell us that our advice saves them time and helps them make better food and travel decisions. We love to hear that and thank you sincerely for your confidence in us!

We put a lot of thought, time and financial investment into providing you with advice and creating content. If you feel that our advice has helped you make plans, or if you just enjoy our content, please consider supporting our work with a consideration (no amount is too small). Thanks again!

More Ways to Savour Life


Travel Bloggers and Travel Instagram

We’ve been lucky enough to travel the world. Many of our trips are focused around good food, rich culture, and spectacular nature. Here we share our discoveries, including practical information to help you plan you own trips. While we travel often, we do so on a budget, so you’ll find much of what we share within reach. Stop dreaming and start buying tickets!

Malaria Risks in Thailand

Learn about your malaria risk in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Malaria is endemic in much of South-East Asia, particularly in inland jungles and in rural areas. Thailand has varying levels of risk depending on where you are travelling in the country. If you’re spending any time in the higher risk zones it’s well worth your time to look into appropriate meds to help manage your risk. 

Travel to London


London is both ancient and modern; complex and exciting. But it’s also very expensive. Unlike some other major cities (like NYC or Toronto) we’ve not found too many free or inexpensive options to enjoy. You can close your eyes and spend, or budget as best you can. We try address the budget challenge as we share our London travel tips.

Explore More

Trip Savvy

A travel site written by real experts, not anonymous reviewers. Our writers are locals with hometown pride, parents who are road trip heroes, cruise junkies who know every ship at sea, and virtually everyone else in-between. They have more than 50 writers—from lifetime locals to licensed tour guides—sharing useful travel advice and inspiration from destinations around the world.

The Wander Lust Kitchen

Linda and Paul, have had the awesome pleasure of visiting many countries, learning about many cultures and eaten some amazing food! Here you’ll find amazing recipes and travel tips.

Jenn Wanders

Instagram traveller from Canada who explores the world.

Digital nomad from Canada. This traveller takes great photos of fantastic locations. This is a great account for travel inspiration. 

Subscribe to our mailing list

Learn about our newest finds in food and travel. We respect your inbox and send emails infrequently.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.