Thailand is well known for tourism. Bordered by the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, Thailand is the perfect destination for boat rentals. Indeed, this country counts nearly 3000 kilometers of coast with many sandy beaches. Besides these paradisiacal beaches, Thailand is also hills covered with dense forests, vast rice fields and Buddhist temples.
Thaïlande's local currency is the baht. The exchange rate is : 1 euro = 50 Bts. For buying baht, US dollars are the most readily acceptable currency and travellers cheques get a better rate than cash. British pounds are the next-best option. Credit cards are becoming increasingly acceptable in quality shops, hotels and restaurants. Visa is the most useful, followed by MasterCard.
Most visitors can stay for 30 days without a visa. Visitors from 39 different countries can stay for 30 days without a visa. Check with a Thai embassy or consulate if you plan on arriving without a visa or visit www.mfa.go.th/web/12.php. For a less than 30 days trip , passport must be valid 3 months after the return of your trip. For a trip longer than 30 days (with a visa), passport must be valid 6 months after the return of your trip.
Some vaccines are strongly recommended such as: tétanos, polio, diphteria (DT polio), hepatite B. Those for hepatite A and typhoïd are adviced. If you stay longer than one month, vaccines against Japanese B encephalitis and rabies are recommended.Pills against malaria are strongly recommended, specially in Thailand's more susceptible areas for malaria, that is to say : northern Kanchanaburi Province (especially Thung Yai Naresuan National Park) and parts of Trat Province along the Cambodian border (including Ko Chang).
The local climate is tropical and characterised by monsoons. There is a rainy, warm, and cloudy southwest monsoon from mid-May to September, as well as a dry, cool northeast monsoon from November to mid-March. The southern isthmus is always hot and humid.
Conditions for renting a boat
If you want to rent a sailboat or a motorboat in thailand, you need a sailing licence or a boat licence.