When you are moving from Thailand to the U.K. you will have many things to think about and understandably you will be a little apprehensive.

Below we will list 5 things you need to know for your first week.

By understanding these it will help you to settle in far more easily, and before you know it you will be into the swing of things.

The weather

You may wonder why the British talk about the weather so much. This is because it is extremely changeable!

If you are arriving during the seasons of spring, winter, or autumn please make sure you have waterproof shoes and clothing, and that you keep an umbrella handy. The rain can stop and start very quickly.

While you may not feel the cold if you are caught in a rain shower in Thailand you most certainly will in the U.K.


This is also associated with the weather! Even if you arrive in the summer there is a great likelihood that you will feel the cold!

Make sure you have enough warm clothing with you, and if you do not then make it a priority to get out to the shops and buy some.

Trousers, jeans, and sweaters will make sure you do not suffer too much from the cold.


You should acquaint yourself with the U.K.’s monetary system as quickly as possible.

Do your best to get as many different coins and banknotes as possible and understand their value.

By doing this you will then begin to understand the value of things, and please do not be too shocked when you find out how expensive it is!

Time difference

While it is quite natural that you will want to phone your family and friends in Thailand to let them know you have arrived safely please remember the time difference between the two countries.

During the winter months the U.K. is 7 hours behind Thailand, and in the summertime it is 6 hours behind.

By making those important calls between 11.00hrs in the morning and 15.00hrs in the afternoon from the U.K. should suit you and your family.


While queuing is not such a common thing in Thailand the British people will generally form an orderly queue when waiting to be served at the post office, bank, or shops.

If you are using public transport it is also common courtesy to join the end of the queue rather than push your way to the front, or jump your turn.

It won’t take long!

It should not take you long to get adjusted to the British way of life, but one thing to remember is: Never be afraid to ask a question if you do not understand something!