Opening bank account in Thailand

In this article, I will tell you about the way to open a bank in thailand. In the past, it was quite easy to open a bank in Thailand, even with a tourist visa. Today, it has become more complicated, so you should preferably have a residence visa, or a work visa, or any justification to prove that you are staying in Thailand for a while. Which is logical, because there is little point in opening an account if you stay just a few weeks.

I took an Elite visa, and thanks to this process, I can be resident in Thailand for several years. From there, it’s easy to open an account, and it takes a lot less time than in countries where you can be native. To open an account, I simply asked an intermediary to open an account. He therefore offered me two banks, Bangkok Bank and Kasikorn Bank. For other types of visa, all you have to do is contact one of the main banks in the country and then open an account. For the rest, little paperwork to do, just a form to fill out, indicating some basics on your activity, to finish with a bank card. There is no subscription for the bank card, just 500 baths to buy the card and it can then be used without a subscription, which is very interesting.

Bangkok Bank

Bangkok Bank is Thailand’s largest bank and is traditionally known as being the friendliest bank to non residents. It has great exchange rates for international wire transfers and Bangkok Bank has many branches across the country. Bangkok Bank also has branches in New York and London which means you can link Paypal account to a western branch and link the accounts for transfer, making the process simple and just waiting a few days for your money abroad to turn up in Thailand.

Kasikorn Bank

Kasikorn Bank is also great for foreigners. They issue cheque books to non residents although cashing foreign currency checks can be a bit tedious with the bank. Different branches of Kasikorn Bank may treat foreigners differently, thus you may need to hunt around for some time.


Citibank a worthwhile option for foreigners, especially when you want to do cross border banking frequently. Nonresident depositors who may deposit more than 3 million THB with Citibank get their account upgraded to a gold status. Their credit cards can earn you points to redeem with Thai air.


CIMB Malaysian bank group that also has branches across Thailand. You can open a bank account with them using a tourist visa alone and they also allow foreigners to use their internet banking services. You will be required to place an initial deposit of 1000 THB and pay a debit card fee.

Pattaya and surroundings best attractions

There are many attractions to do in the Pattaya area. Probably the region with the most attraction in Thailand. Although many of these places are often full of tourists, you have to go see them. There are also lesser known places accessible. For the rest, also know that traveling out of season allows you to make the most of these attractions. Pleasant gardens, fun for everyone, and some magnificent views, here is a summary of the best places to see in the Pattaya region of Thailand.

Nong Nooch Garden

Nong Nooch Garden is a few kilometers from Pattaya. It is a beautifully landscaped park that can easily make a day trip. The whole area is more like a theme park, with daily cultural shows, restaurants and accommodations, as well as a large space with individual theme gardens. Strolling through the Botanical Park is like traveling all over the world, through its many famous gardens, whether it’s a 17th century French garden, Stonehenge or a garden of the European Renaissance. You will find many species categorized by theme, such as cacti and succulents, orchid nurseries, tropical palm gardens, bonsai and topiary garden.

Nong Nooch Garden is located about 15 km south of Pattaya City. To get there, you can take Songthaew to get there. The price depends on your negotiation skills. You can also take a taxi if you prefer a more comfortable driving. Before leaving, make sure you agree on the price, it could be around 300 to 400 baht.

34/1 Na Chom Thian Tambon, Amphoe Sattahip, Wat Wat Chon Buri 20250, Thailand

Flower land Pattaya

Flower Land Pattaya is the new attraction related to the garden will arrive in Pattaya. This place is a beautiful space of flowers and plants in the city of Pattaya. Spread over many hectares, this is the new visit not to be missed. It is the largest garden flower salon in Thailand. The park has collected a wide variety of flowers and imported many rare flowers and plants from many regions. The park also has a huge fountain daznsante with modern technology of lights and sounds, as well as the incredible 3D. This beautiful flower park features flower shows, themed gardens, fresh fruit, Ocean Park, and more.

This place is set back a few kilometers east of Pattaya. The best way to get there will be to take a taxi unless you have your own means of transportation.

199 9 Muang Pattaya, Bang Lamung Amphoe, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20150

Sanctuary of truth

The sanctuary of truth is perhaps the most emblematic structure of Pattaya. Entirely carved in teak wood, the impressive 105-meter-high hall on the northern tip of Wongamat Beach is a unique structure of its kind in the world. This temple also reflects the ephemeral nature and the incessant work of human existence because no wood is treated or protected from the elements, which means that the oldest parts gradually succumb to the rigors of climate and climate and must to be replaced. The construction of the sanctuary, which began in 1981, is a continuous and endless task.

The Sanctuary of Truth is located towards the end of Naklua Soi 12. Any tourist office in Pattaya can arrange a tour with return transportation, but the location is also quite easy to access on your own. From central Pattaya, take a songthaew towards the dolphin roundabout north of Pattaya. Most songthaews return along Beach Road when they reach the dolphin roundabout, but sometimes some go to Naklua, in which case it is enough to go down to Naklua Soi 12. It is also possible to stop at the roundabout. dolphins point and take another songthaew heading north, to Naklua.

206/2 Moo5, Pattaya-Naklua Road Soi 12, Naklua

Khao Chi Chan

The image of the Buddha sits cross-legged, one hand on her knee and the other on her lap, engraved in the north face of Khao Chi Chan. The lonely limestone hill was once used to supply the local construction industry with materials. In 1996, to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty the King of Thailand, an image 109 meters high and 70 meters wide was engraved in the rock and then marked in gold on the recommendation of the Supreme Patriarch of the time . The image was designed using computer software and then drawn on the side of Khao Chi Chan using a laser.

We reach Khao Chi Chan by following Sukhumvit Road heading south from Pattaya and turning left onto Ban Yen Road, which is about 500 meters after the turn for Wat Yansangwararam and a little before the Cartoon Network Amazone amusement park and gardens tropical tropics of Nong Nooch. Follow the road for six kilometers and you will not miss this unforgettable attraction. You can take a taxi and in 20 minutes you can get there.

Soi Khao Chi Chan, Na Chom Thian Tambon, Amphoe Sattahip, Wat Chang Chon Buri 20250

Big Buddha Hill

The giant gold Buddha of Pattaya is one of the iconic attractions located in the center of Pattaya City. It is located at the top of Pratumnak Hill and is 18 meters high. It is popular with locals and tourists. It is the largest Buddha image in the Thai province of Chonburi. When you arrive at the temple, you will be greeted by a grand staircase and at each end two golden Naga leading to the Big Buddha at the top of the hill. After borrowing the long staircase, you will enter a large patio that houses many Buddha statues surrounding the Giant and Golden Buddha. You will also have the opportunity to admire the view of the surroundings,

You can access the Big Buddha hill easily as it is located in the city. You can take a Songthaew on the line that connects Jomtien to Pattaya center. or a bus to Pratumnak Hill. From here you can stop on Thappraya Boulevard at the intersection with Phra Tamnak Road. It will be enough to walk a few minutes on this road to turn right. You will not miss the hill as it is the only point overlooking the city.

Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150

Pattaya View Point

The Pattaya or Khao Pattaya Viewpoint on Pratumnak Hill is the best view of the area and the place to visit day and night to take this classic picture of the Pattaya Crescent Bay. The main view faces north and offers uninterrupted views of Pattaya Bay up to the promontory separating Pattaya Beach from Naklua Beach. It also offers a south view overlooking Jomtien Beach and the sea.

To reach the point of view, if you come from Jomtien head to South Pattaya and make the same route as to go to the giant Buddha of the hill. Instead of going right to the big Buddha, you will go to the left and you will see the road to the observatory. If you come from the center of Pattaya you can head to Pattaya 3 rd road. Do not take the bridge next to the Easy Karts circuit. Exit under the bridge and turn right into the hill. The view is on Rajchawaroon, the first turn right at the top of Pratumnak Hill. Alternatively, you can negotiate with a songtaew to take you back and forth there is no fixed price for this trip but expect to pay a few hundred baht for the return trip.

Pattaya city sign

This is the other great point of view of Pattaya by going to the place where are the luminous signs that indicate the city of Pattaya at night. For some reason, this site is not promoted by the Thai Government or the Tourism Authority of Thailand. No tour buses come here. In fact, the roads leading to this place are not even indicated. It is for this reason that it is not easy to find the place. This place is so quiet and you will not see many people.

To reach the Pattaya City sign, you will have to pass in front of the pier of Pattaya, ie the pier of Bali Hai until the part located under the panel. Take a walk along the trees and look for a sign indicating how to park. Turn left and take the steps to the site.

Mini Siam Pattaya

The Mini Siam in Pattaya can take you around the world in just a few minutes. The park behind Pattaya World Boxing Stadium is home to nearly 100 replicas of world famous sites, from the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to the Statue of Liberty, all displayed at 1:25 scale. It’s the perfect place to explore the world in miniature. Founded in 1985 as part of a research project, the 46,400 m² area of ​​Mini Siam is divided into two separate areas, namely Mini Siam and Mini Europe or rather Mini Rest of the World.

The Mini Siam is located on the east side of the Sukhumvit Highway, just before crossing with North Pattaya Road if you are traveling south and immediately afterwards if you are heading north. The Mini Siam is almost right in front of the road, but very slightly to the north. The entrance of Mini Siam will also take you to the Siam Karting kart track.

387 Sukhumvit Rd, Muang Pattaya, Bang Lamung Amphoe, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20150

Pattaya Underwater World

Pattaya’s most exciting water world, Underwater World, presents a series of exhibitions that take you from sandy beaches to shallow rock pools with colorful reefs to the ocean full of predators and fish. Attend live TV shows and watch the action in real time along the 100-meter tunnel, with all the brightly colored creatures swimming around you. 2 day cycling adventure between BangkokThe aquarium is home to about 2,500 marine animals, including more than 200 species from the region and overseas. Meet sharks, rays, giant groupers and a host of predators and prayers that live in the depths of the ocean.

To get there, take Highway 3, Sukhumvit Road towards Pattaya and Sattahip. From the highway, pass Pattaya South Road and you will see the Tesco Lotus on the right side. Take the next turn and you will arrive at Underwater World.

22 22 11 Sukhumvit Rd, Thailand Bang Lamung Amphoe, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20150

Pattaya floating market

Covering an area of 100,000 m², the floating market of Pattaya is one of the most famous of the country. It is divided into four sections, each representing and selling items from Thailand’s four main regions (North, Northeast, Central and South). Expect to find many restaurants, fruit stalls, souvenir shops and some art galleries. There is also a cultural show every afternoon. The market has more than 114 stores selling authentic Thai cuisine, desserts and specialties from all over the country. It is also possible to take a tour on the canals, and so to walk on the water through the wooden houses built in the different styles of the four regions. Many authentic Thai dishes are offered. It is also possible to find many souvenirs such as postcards.

The market is located on Sukhumvit Road, about two kilometers from Pattaya Underwater World, on the way to Sattahip, ie a little lower than Jomtien. You can reach the market through a Songthaew that will drop you right next door.

12 451/304 Sukhumvit Road, Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150

Pattaya Tiger Park

One of Pattaya’s many other attractions is the Tiger Park. It is a park where you will be able to see the tigers. Only here, unlike a zoo, you can feel, touch, hug and take pictures with chainless tigers in their pens for 10 to 15 minutes. Tiger coaches stay with you in the cage all the time for you to be safe. Coaches will try to position the tiger so that you feel comfortable and safe for a photo.

To reach Pattaya Tiger Park, take a Songthaew on Jomtien second road. At the end of the road to the south, you will arrive directly to the park. It is right before Pattaya Floating Market.

349/9 12 Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri 20150

Pattaya Sheep Farm

Pattaya Sheep Farm is a family attraction located near the Pattaya-Chonburi Highway on the outskirts of the city. With an almost caricatured farmhouse look, it houses an impressive menagerie of cuddly creatures. There is also a small fairground, a Dutch-style windmill, a good restaurant and even a small floating market, offering a wide range of activities for the whole family. The extremely popular farm welcomes mainly young children who enter for free, while adults must pay 50 baht of entry. It is essentially a big petting zoo with sheep, goats, donkeys, ponies, pigs, rabbits and alpacas among the most mellow residents. Turtles, parrots, peacocks, turkeys, buffaloes and more are also adorable, and all live in a charming and picturesque setting, right in the heart of this farm.

Pattaya Sheep Farm is located off Highway 36 near the intersection with Highway 7, the Chonburi-Pattaya Highway. The farm is about 15 kilometers from the center of Pattaya. The easiest way to get there is to take a taxi or a songthaew. Agree on price and duration before leaving.

Nong Pla Lai, Pattaya, Bang Lamung Amphoe, Chang Wat Chon Buri 20150

Frost Magical Ice of Siam

Frost Magical Ice of Siam in Pattaya offers the opportunity to experience the cold of the Arctic in a tropical country. Temperatures in the ice dome are icy at -10 degrees Celsius, while outside temperatures are about 40 degrees higher. The interior section called Siam Heaven or Ice Dome looks like the Arctic with sub-zero temperatures and ice sculptures of polar bears, penguins and an igloo. At temperatures of -10 degrees Celsius you will also find typical Thai items, such as a tuk-tuk carved in ice. The ever-changing light colors give the Ice Dome an extra atmosphere. Take funny pictures sitting in a tuk-tuk or igloo, posing with a snowman or sliding on a toboggan. Be careful while walking on slippery ice. Get your drink served in an ice cream glass at the Ice Bar. Wear long pants, good shoes and socks. A warm rental coat for the winter is provided at the entrance.

Frost Magical Ice of Siam is next to the Pattaya Sheep Farm on Route 36 near the intersection with the Chonburi – Pattaya Highway. The distance from the center of Pattaya is about 15 kilometers. To get there you can take a taxi or a songthaew. Agree on price and duration before leaving. Make sure to arrange a roundtrip transfer as it is very difficult to find a taxi in the surrounding area.

75/6 Moo 3, Nong pla lai, Banglamung, Chonburi

Silverlake Vineyard

When you think of the major wine regions of the world, Thailand is not the place where you think to produce wine. However, over the past 20 years, Thailand’s wine industry has started to grow. The Silverlake Winery in Pattaya is part of a growing list of wineries and wineries in Thailand. Located in a scenic spot at the foot of Khao Chi Chan, Silverlake Winery is a popular tourist destination in Pattaya. In addition to wine tours, Silverlake has a restaurant, a hotel and a small set of shops. It is quite easy to make a day trip to the vineyard. Spend a few hours on a walk, grab some food and sample some of the wines or juices produced by Silverlake Vineyard.

Silverlake Vineyard is located in the rural area southeast of the city of Pattaya. The vineyard is located next to Mount Buddha Khao Cheejan and a few hundred meters from Ramayana Water Park. The best solution will probably be to take a taxi.

31/62 Moo 7, Na Jomtien, Pattaya, Chonburi 20250

Traveling without a return ticket

When traveling for the long term or going around the world, it is impossible to plan your return. That does not make sense. When you arrive in a country, it’s also difficult to know your future destination next month, as well as the exact date. It’s a way to be free to leave the country.

Therefore you will take flights without return ticket. And that’s where you will be able to have problems. The problems are rather rare, but it can happen.

The question to ask is the following, are we really obliged to return a ticket?

Regulations in some countries require travelers to provide a return air ticket to enter the territory. In fact, it is very difficult to say with certainty whether this proof of exit will actually be required. The feedbacks diverge, some have been denied boarding, others have passed without any concern, in short, it’s a bit of Russian roulette. From my own experience I have not yet been turned away from a country for this reason, but I have already had to sign papers that I was aware that I could be refused entry into the country when I would wait. If the procedure was fully respected, yes you would not be accepted by the airline at the time of embarkation. It depends a lot on countries, which may be stricter than others, as well as your nationality.

The past you had on your passport can also played. If you have already had problems because you have not respected the visa, it will work against you. If you have several trips under your belt in the country and there is no problem with your visa, it will work in your favor.

It may also depend on the customs officer when you arrive in a country. The majority of the time it will not ask you to show a return ticket and you will pass without problem. But just find someone who has decided to be annoying, and that can be a problem.

Often Customs is less bothered by these types of checks, and so many countries delegate this task to airlines. This means that it is at the time of registration that you will be asked for the famous paper. And believe me, you’re likely to be asked, or asked questions to justify that you do not have one. If the airline passes a passenger who has no proof of return ticket or continuation, it is up to the airline to pay the return ticket for this passenger if the latter is altered to the customs of his destination. You will understand why some airlines are very strict with travelers without return ticket.

Be careful not to look suspicious when asked questions. You may have questions about your reasons for entering a country by only customs. But when you take your boarding ticket, sometimes when you board, or after passing the customs by other agents. These are simply questions that the services ask travelers from time to time to be sure that there is no suspiciousness. In these cases calmly answer that you are there as a toutist to visit the country and discover the culture simply. And if he asks about how long you plan to stay, answer honestly by giving an idea, and say that you are a traveler who discovers several countries.

From there, if I do not want to take any risk, and I do not want to pay dearly for a plane ticket that I will not use, how do I do?

The only solution will be despite everything to buy a return ticket or a ticket justifying another destination. At the counter this ticket can be expensive, so plan to take it in advance.

Otherwise if you take the risk and it blocks for verification, you need to have a laptop, you must arrive early to check the boarding, and as this you will always have the time to connect, to buy a low-cost ticket to a nearby destination and show it a little after checking. After you can try to get the ticket refunded, but I admit that it’s usually complicated. I think the best is to take a ticket, the first prize for the nearest country.

Some propose as a solution to show a fake ticket, ie just a pre-booking before having paid his ticket. I strongly advise you to opt for this solution. If you get caught at the airport, you risk a big fine or jail for forgery and forgery. This is not worth the cost.

Apart from this solution, you can go to this site:

OneWayFly is a service to travel without a return ticket.

The principle is simple: this site allows you to obtain a continuation ticket valid until the date of your flight. Any booking is accompanied by a PNR number in your name that you can use to check you on the airline’s website. It is therefore a real ticket that you can show at the check-in counter at the airport, proving your exit from the territory.

Simply fill in a form with your name and the date of the continuation ticket, the airport of departure and arrival, and your email address. It’s simple and it works. The ticket is delivered to you in PDF by e-mail and it is valid until the date of the flight.

The service costs only 19 € and allows you to obtain in a few hours only an official ticket confirmation. It’s cheaper than buying a real ticket and it’s a lot safer than making a fake.

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