In Thailand the head is considered to be the highest (most honored) part of the body,
and feet are the lowest. Using your feet to point to things or touching people on the
head is considered rude and very disrespectful. Nudity or topless sunbathing may be
tolerated, yet sometimes frowned upon in public (especially in the more conservative
southern parts of the country).
The local currency is the Thai Baht, and is the only currency that's accepted in most
establishments. You can exchange cash, traveler's cheques, or use your debit/credit
cards in Haad Rin, where there are ATMs, exchange centers, and banks. There are no
banks/ATMs in Haad Tien or Haad Yuan areas.
Thai is the local language. There are also many people from Burma living on the island
who only speak Burmese. This explains why some people may not understand you
even if you greet them in perfect Thai!
The Sanctuary is the only restaurant offering wifi service in Haad Tien Bay. You can
purchase a SIM card / wireless data package at the reception desk. On Haad Yuan
beach, there's Big Blue Internet. You can also print and make photocopies there. The
nearest post office is in Haad Rin.
Travel & Medical Insurance
No Health Documents are required to enter Thailand, however medical & travel
insurance is recommended. For vaccines and drug prescriptions, please check with
your local travel clinic before departure. Pharmacies and clinics are available in nearby
Haad Rin Bay should you need any medical supplies. The medical facilities are
excellent and of high standards.