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Travelers Essentials : Business Hours


Generally speaking, Bangkok and the major tourist destinations such as Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Phuket generally have longer opening hours for most services; however, operating hours for most businesses and government services in Thailand are not dissimilar to those in most other developed nations.
 

Banking Hours


Thai bank hours are typically Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, though some Thai bank branches, particularly those inside of shopping malls, are open on weekends.  Currency exchange booths in Bangkok and other tourist destinations are open on weekends and evenings.


Clinics and Doctors’ Surgeries


Major hospitals in Bangkok have 24 hour emergency rooms, but typical doctors appointments should be scheduled between 8.00am and 18.00, Monday - Friday. Some larger hospitals offer off-hours and weekend services. If you have a medical emergency you should go to the accident and emergency department of the nearest hospital. Emergency services can be reached by dialing 191 on any phone.


Emergency Services


Emergency services, which can be reached at 191, are generally available 24 hours.


Shops and Department Stores


Most shops are open seven days a week from 10 am to 10 pm.  Local “mom and pop” convenience stores may open earlier and remain open until after midnight.  Thai markets are open various hours depending on the wares they sell, with wet-markets selling food products from the wee hours of the morning until around 10am, while night markets typically open around sunset and remain open until 10pm or occasionally midnight.


Museums and Galleries


Thailand museums and galleries are typically open from 9.00am to 4:00pm daily. Times may vary and some museums and galleries may close one day during the week and/or on public holidays.


Nightclubs


Nightclubs in Thailand have flexible operating hours.  The official closing times are 12/1am depending on the type of establishment, with hotel bars given longer operating hours.  Certain clubs, particularly those in tourist destinations including Phuket and Koh Samui, have permission to stay open until 2 or 3am.


Post Offices


The Thailand postal service is reliable and efficient.  Thailand post offices are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 1pm.  The Bangkok Central GPO on New Road is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 1pm.  All Thai post offices are closed on public holidays, though most major hotels can arrange to mail letters and parcels on your behalf.


Pubs


Pubs are typically required to close by 1am.


Restaurants


Restaurant operating hours are highly variable and, as Thai people love to eat, streetside restaurants frequently stay open well past midnight.  Restaurants have typically later closing hours in Bangkok and tourist destinations than in the rural provinces.
 

Supermarkets


Supermarkets are typically open seven days a week from 10am to 9pm.  7-11 convenience stores, located throughout Thailand are generally open 24 hours.
   

BTS Skytrain


The BTS skytrain runs daily between 6:00 am and 12:00 midnight with frequent service throughout the day, increased during rush hours.


MRT Subway


The MRT underground Blue Line operates from 6.00 am to 12:00 midnight daily.
Frequency - Less than 5 minutes during the peak hours 06.00 - 09.00 am and 04.30 - 07.30 pm.