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ELECTRICITY
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Power/plug adaptor
There are 2 types of power outlet in Thailand, with and without the ground wire.  An adapter without the ground wire is recommended since it is usable for both types.

TV/VIDEO SYSTEM
PAL 625 lines

BUSINESS HOURS
It is difficult to clear cut the opening hours for any individual business in Bangkok since there are so many and widespread.  For example, some stores and floors housing in the same shopping mall have slightly different business hours.  That said, Bangkok people could no way keep track of these hours.  To make it simple, they go during the best hours which means there are goodies and most shops are open.  Unless otherwise stated in BangkokEasyGuide.com, these are the best hours recommended for each category:
Department stores|Shopping malls|Hypermarkets
: 11:00-20:00, daily (many department stores open till midnight during month-end (pay day.)
Standalone stores
: 11:00-17:00 or 18:00, Mon-Sat
Street markets : 11:00-16:00, Tue-Sun
Night street markets/bazaars: 19:00-23:30, every night
Trade fairs: 11:00-19:00, during the fair
Temples: 10:00-14:30, daily
Museums: 09:00-15:00, Tue-Sun mostly closed on Mondays
Libraries: 09:00-17:00, Tue-Sun mostly closed on Mondays
Banks
: 08:30-15:30, Mon-Fri (unless noted)
Banks in malls
: 11:00-19:00, daily
Government offices: 09:00-15:30 (officially 08:30-16:30)
Standalone restaurants: dinner Open-air restaurants: lunch-dinner
Shop house restaurants: breakfast-lunch
Street eats: dinner

MONEY
100 Satangs=1 Baht (Similar to 100 Cents=1 Dollar)

Coins Bank notes (Baht)*
25, 50 Satangs
1, 2, 5, 10 Baht
20 (green), 50 (blue), 100 (red),
500 (purple), 1,000 (gray)

* Bank notes of the same value may look different due to new design and circulation. Make sure to observe the value and the color for each bank note when using.

PRICES
Food / Restaurant
Here’s a general eat out price for 2 people:
Reasonable: Under 300 Baht
Fair: 400-700 Baht
Pricey: over 800 Baht
Shopping
1. Fixed price: Department stores, shopping malls, hypermarkets, chain stores/boutiques
2. Bargaining: Street/flea markets, bazaars
Note: * No bargain in fractions like 50 to 48 Baht or 80.50 to 80.00 Baht * No bargain on food. * No bargain for deals less than 20-40 Baht.
3. Discount/Sales: Many department stores and shopping malls often hold a “midnight sale” at end of the month (pay day.)

DRESS CODE
What you should pay special attention to your dress code is when visiting places like temples, palaces, academic institutions, and government offices. Casual wear is acceptable provided they are not “too casual” as follows:
* Sleeveless string shirts (worsen if showing one’s tattoos) are not appropriate for both men and women.
* Flip flops (especially for men) are inappropriate but if you still prefer to wear open shoes, get a pair of sandals with a strap around the ankle. They are more acceptable.

And here’s an unedited dress code sample taken from the announcement board at the Grand Palace and can well be applied to any places of the like :

“The Grand Palace & The Emerald Buddha Temple is open everyday from 8.30 a.m. until 3.30 p.m. Please dress appropriately according to the regulations of the Grand Palace
Sleeveless shirts, torn shirts, very short blouses, spaghetti-strap blouses,
see-through clothes, skin tight pants, shorts three quarter length pants
and/or culottes are prohibited.
Clothes are available in the dress room (free of charge)
Language audio guides are available for rent
Note: Some buildings are closed on holiday and ceremonial events
Dressing room are closed during ceremonial events
For more information please contact officials or the information room
Do Not Trust Wily Strangers”

LANGUAGE
Thai is a total tonal language so do not reassure the Thai words you read in English are pronounced correctly.  If you mispronounced, you may end up with nothing or worse, something different (i.e. food, destination.)  The rule of the thumb is, talk less and show more.  Here’s what you should do and carry alongside:
1. A notebook (no, not a computer,) for writing down the Thai names in English.
2. A name card or brochure of your hotel to show the taxi driver when in need.
3. A map of Bangkok (of course) but also mark your hotel on it.
4. When ordering food from the menu, point at your order in the menu.