Thailand

Known as the “Land of Smiles”, Thailand is truly the heart of South East Asia. Its social history can be traced back to the Neolithic period, but the country we know and love come into effect with the establishment of an alliance between three kingdoms-Lan Na, Sukhothai, and Phayao in the 13th Century. Thailand was one of the first corners of the Southeast Asia which really open up to outsiders in the 19th century because of King Rama IV and his love for western. Now each year millions of visitors invigorate their way by exploring the pristine beaches and aquamarine seas at Gulf of Thailand.

Exotic blend of ancient monuments, beautiful beaches, welcoming people and delicious cuisine, each year Thailand is discovered by millions of visitors, drawn to its myriad-ruined cities, ancient monasteries, pristine beaches and aquamarine seas, as well as its rich culture, and colourful markets crammed with bargains. Then there is Bangkok the most exuberant capital city in Southeast Asia, which would justify a trip to Thailand all by itself.

Basic Information

Capital: Bangkok
Area: 513,120km
Country code: +66
Time Zone: UTC +7

Currency

The Thai unit of currency is the baht and this is divided into 100 satang (tiny copper coins that represent 25 and 50 satang).

Boundaries

Thailand is bordered to the west by Myanmar and Indian Ocean to the south and east by Malaysia and the Gulf of Thailand, to the east by Cambodia and to the north east by Laos. Central Thailand is dominated by Chao Phraya River.

Languages

Thai is official language; English is widely spoken specially in establishment for catering Tourist.

Climate

The best time to visit is from November to February when the weather is dry and the mercury drops a little. The Southern Thai beaches are faced with two weather systems which bring tropical rains at different times of the year so it is possible to enjoy Thailand’s beaches all-year around. From January to September you can choose a beach on the east coast such as Koh Samui and Koh Chang where you will have the best chance of sunny and dry weather; while from October to April, destinations including Phuket, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta offer the best chance of good monsoon-free weather

Major Religions

There is no official state religion in the Thai constitution, which guarantees religious freedom for all Thai citizens, though the king is required by law to be Theravada Buddhist. The main religion practiced in Thailand is Buddhism, but there is a strong undercurrent of Hinduism with its distinct priestly class

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