Travel information about Thailand
Thailand is situated in Asia and is famous for it's tropical beaches, huge palaces, old ruins and richly decorated temples with buddha statues. In it's capital city Bangkok, you can experience an extremely modern skyline next to quiet villages and the well-known temples Wat Arun, Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaeo. Before you’re heading out on your adventure with us, we would like to provide you with some basic knowledge on the country you’re travelling to and answer the questions we are asked most often.
To travel to Thailand as an EU-citizen, you will need a passport that must be valid for at least six more months after the end of your journey, it is not sufficient to present a valid identity card. Conveniently, you do not need a visa permit as long as you are able to prove that you will be leaving the country again, which you can for example do by showing your return flight ticket.
If you enter Thailand directly from Germany, no compulsory vaccinations are required. Still, we recommend that you check whether all standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute are still valid and refresh them if necessary. We also recommend consulting a travel or tropical medicine specialist.
The Thai currency is called Baht and it's exchange rate is about 1 Euro = 35 Baht. You can exchange your money easily in banks or exchange offices right at your destination, as experience has shown that it is cheaper to change money locally than in your home country. If you do so however, you should be aware that additional fees in addition to any exchange fees may arise if you do not bring the money in cash but pick it up locally with your card.
During winter, there is a time difference between Thailand and Germany of +5 hours, during summer +4 hours.
The countries official language is Thai (with its own alphabet).
What is the climate in Thailand like and when is the best time to travel through Thailand on a motorbike?
The climate in Thailand is tropical, with three distinct seasons: a hot season from March to May, a rainy season from mid-May to October, and a dry and relatively cool season from November to February. Pattaya, the region where we will stay during our tours for most of the time, is relatively sheltered from the summer rains, which is why we can offer our tours all year round!
All our tours start and end in Pattaya. To get there, you can either take a direct flight to the airport of Bangkok (BKK) or you can fly to the airport U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya (UTP) via Koh Samui (USM) or Phuket (HKT). If you would like to travel to Pattaya by car or bike, we would be happy to assist you with that upon request.
You can find all of our tour dates on our tour sites. If none of our proposed dates match your needs however, simply fill out our contact form or shoot us an e-mail telling us how many riders you will be travelling with, what level you are riding at und when you would like to travel and we will be more than happy to send you an individual offer after checking our current availabilities! If you would like to book further ammenities such as a couple of extra days to go swimming or to explore the country on your own, just let us know - the more information we receive, the better and quicker we can organize your next motorbike tour for you and the earlier you can lay back and relax, looking forward to travelling to Thailand!
After your booking, you can pay for your tour via bank transfer, the information that you need to do so will be mentioned on your invoice. An initial deposit payment amounting to 20% of the total tour price must be paid immediately after receiving the invoice, the rest of the payment is due 30 days before your scheduled departure. Exceptions can be made if flight bookings have to be paid in total in advance, which depends on the chosen flight and airline.
Just because you are new to riding motorbikes, it doesn't mean that you cannot book one of our motorbike tours! Simply let us know your level of riding and we will do our best to match you with other riders that are on the same page as you are so that you do not have to worry about the trails being too tough (or too easy, for that matter)! After all, Thailand has got many enduro trails for beginners, intermediate riders and experts which we would love to show you!
To be able to join our enduro tours by riding your motorbike through Thailand, you must be at least 13 years old, however children and teenagers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal representative at all times. Furthermore, you do not need a valid motorcycle license.
If you'd like to join our tour as non-rider however, there is no minimium age, as long as children and teenagers under the age of 18 are accompanied by a legal representative.
Yes, on all of our enduro tours, the rent of an enduro is already included in the price! Usually, we use 125 - 450 cc Kawasaki, Honda, KTM and Husqvarna models.
Unfortunately, right now it is not possible to rent one of our enduro motorbikes without booking a tour.
If you would like to, of course you can also ride the tour on your own motorbike. To do so, your enduro motorbike should be legally registered, in a generally good state and equipped with proper enduro tires. If you are not sure whether or not your bike is suitable to ride the tour, write us an e-mail, call us or text us on WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram and we will be happy to assist you!
If a part of your motorbike breaks during our tour, our guide will try to fix it for you. Should this not be possible on our way, we will try to provide you with a replacement enduro so that you can continue your tour as if nothing had happened.
For your own safety, we require you to wear a helmet, knee and elbow pads, a chest guard, gloves, a motorcycle jacket or jersey, goggles and durable motorcycle boots while riding. For your convenience, the rent of all protectional gear mentioned above is already included in the tour price.
Besides of the safety gear mentioned above, we recommend bringing the following items to your motorbike tour:
- A hydration pack or a normal, small backpack (incl. a rain cover)
- A rain coat that can also be worn while riding your motorbike
- Leisure clothing: t-shirts, hoodies, shorts, jeans, comfortable shoes, swimwear, underwear, socks
- Towels, cosmetic products and personal hygiene products
- Personal medicine as well as a first-aid kit
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Passport, visa (if needed), driver's license, your wallet
Thailand is a beautiful country that surely has a lot more to offer than we can cover in just a couple of days of riding. Thus, we would be more than happy to assist you in booking some additional nights, whether you would just like to spend some more days at the beach or you would like to enjoy some more action with one of our guides!
During our tour, we will stay in a good local hotel that we have only had positive experiences with so far.
We advice you, as for any trip, to conclude a travel health insurance before your tour.
Riding motorbikes is an outdoor sport, which is why the weather is always a risk factor. Should the weather be bad, our guides will determine whether they think that we can ride the tour anyways or not and if any changes to the routing must be made so that you can enjoy a safe adventure. Should our guides decide that going for a ride is too dangerous given the current situation, we will cover the kilometers in our support vehicle and try to adhere to the rest of the program as good as possible.
You can find all information regarding the cancellation of your booking in our terms and conditions.
Now, that you have got a general overview of what to expect on your trip to Thailand, you can take a look at the website of the government of the UK on travel advice for Thailand to get even more information. We at Viaduro care for your safety, and therefore we would like to provide you with some information that enables you to travel safely. However, we can always only assume which information is important to the average traveler, so you might as well look for more information regarding your specific needs elsewhere (for example but not exclusively on the site of the German ministry of foreign affairs). Although we are regularly updating this information, it might also happen that not everything is up to date as frequent changes can always take place, thus, all information provided is not legally binding.
One last advice, please always make sure to listen to our guides! We can guarantee you that the only thing they want you to do - except having fun of course - is to be safe, and they are the ones that know this country best and that have the best overview of the ongoing situation. With that being said, you are now ready to read through the actual travel information. Enjoy your trip!
- Last update: 18.11.20 -