Thailand guide accessible travel
Capital – Bangkok | Currency – Baht | Timezone – GMT+7
The ATO Thailand Office is located in Bangkok
Please contact the Thailand Office via firstname.lastname@example.org
Steffen about Thailand: a short interview
Tell us a little more about yourself?
I am Steffen, originally from Germany. I have been travelling back and forth between Thailand and Germany every month over the past 5 years to build up a travel agency in Bangkok. Some of my family members and my staff are using a wheelchair so we know what we do. I have been working in the tourism industry since 1999.
What kind of accessible services does your company offer?
We make Thailand accessible for travelers! Try to share the amazing country of Thailand with all the needs. We have great contacts and relationships with many hotels, rehabilitation centers and hospitals. Every transfer we offer is escorted, not by driver only. All our sightseeing tours and transfers are fully guided. A nurse service can also be arranged on request too – English speaking if you want.
If you had to introduce Thailand, what would you say?
Thailand is great – the people are friendly and very helpful. In the European winter time Thailand has an amazing climate in the North and warm, dry climate in Central and Southern parts. You can relax by the sea or visit amazing temple complexes. Enjoy wonderful shopping malls and do adapted sports like going out with a speedboat, scuba diving, adapted golf, sailing and much more in Thailand.
How accessible is Thailand for visitors with a mobility impairment?
We tried to make Thailand more accessible every time. Our staff in Thailand tried to raise more awareness in the country over the last 10 years. We talked to hotels, resorts and other suppliers … now many places are accessible, but not all. With us, we make many things as accessible as possible.
What is your Top 3 Accessible Must see/Must do Thailand for disabled travelers?
1) visit the King’s Palace in Bangkok. With 218.400sqm in size and built in 1782 it is one of the most famous places to visit
2) visiting Ayutthaya, the old capital of the Kingdom of Siam – very different to the King’s Palace in Bangkok
3) many more to see… check out the shopping malls in Bangkok and see how accessible can be by design. If you like to taste some more of the local culture, visit Chiang Mai.
Do you have an advice for travelers who are interested in visiting Thailand?
Of course – the summer time is really hot so we recommend to travel in the European winter time. Best time to travel is between November and March but October/April can also be good depending on your personal needs and destination in Thailand. The country has different climate zones.
Make sure to know what kind of vacation you’d like to have – feel the culture of Thailand – enjoy be the beach – explore the big city of Bangkok or make a mixture. We can provide adapted transfers in a van with Lift/Ramp. Enjoy great resorts with pool hoist and beach wheelchair or drive a speedboat through the ‘klongs’ (water channels).
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