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Welcome to Thailand

Thailand
Capital: Bangkok
Currency: Thai baht
Population: 67.01 million (2013) World Bank
Official language: Thai

Very few vacation destinations prove to be as diverse and refreshing an experience as Thailand does.  Sited right in the midst of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia, this gorgeous country with exciting cities, colorful historical buildings and absolutely stunning beaches is boarded by Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. The uniqueness of Thailand is her combination of spectacular scenery, hospitality, historical monuments and traditions that go back thousands of years. A visit to this fascinating country will leave you wanting to go again.

Known as the “Land of Smiles, Thailand is matchless with its mix of friendly smiling people, ancient culture and religious artefacts, lush landscapes, great beaches and modern metropolis. It is difficult to write the list of fascinating places and things to do in Thailand to a mere handful because this gorgeous nation is laced with amazing landscapes and rare-earth elements that dots its nook and cranny.

There isn't one place in Thailand that you will want to miss.  A visit to Bangkok, the capital city and the centre of the nation is one that cannot be compared. This city offers innumerable opportunities for clubbing, shopping and partying. It also is the home to some of the most important Buddhist temples and relics in the world. Down south of Thailand offers even more striking beaches (including Phuket and Koh Samui), waterfalls, water sports such as snorkelling, kayaking and beach parties that can last on for three days while in the west of Thailand,  you can see elephants, tiger temples and the famous "bridge over the river Kwai.

A comprehensive package for Thailand also gives you a chance to relish the spicy Thai food from the land's native chefs. Eating in Thailand means eating with as many people as possible as eating alone is considered bad luck. Thais are great lover of food. They can be seen eaten anywhere as they don’t consider food as a private matter and don't differentiate between Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. There is really more to Thai food that meets the eye and eating Thai food is a different experience on its own. A taste of the local dishes such as Khao niao, Phat thai and Kaeng khio-waan can better explain the experience. You can be sure to get food at almost every corner at any time of the day and be confident to get freshly made and appetizing food on your table.

With the obvious modernity displayed everywhere in Thailand, it is a beautiful blend of natural scenic beauty and places of religious and historical significance. Culturally rich with a number of regional festivals transports the nation into a festive season at all times. The Loy Krathong which falls on the first full moon day in the twelfth month of the Lunar calendar, usually in November witness people heading to rivers, lakes and even hotel swimming pools to float flower and candle-laden banana-leaf (or, these days, styrofoam) floats called krathong . The krathong is meant as an offering to thank the river goddess who gives life to the people. Thais also believe that this is a good time to float away your bad luck and many will place a few strands of hair or finger nail clippings in the krathong.

To top it off, Thailand is known to have the friendliest and warmest natives on earth. The heart-melting smiles of the locals, the uproarious laughter of the people, the heartfelt hospitality and the amazing weather enjoyed all year round are sure to capture every traveler's heart. So even if you are travelling alone or in a pack, Thailand will surely be a truly magical experience for you.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Take a boat ride on the Chao Praya River

One of best things you can do in Thailand is being on Chao Praya River. Bangkok’ major tourist attractions are along the river. Besides the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, there is China Town, Temple of the Dawn, (Wat Arun) the National Museum, The Gem Stone Market and 5 Star Hotels. You can hop on and hop off for the low price of 20 baht (less than 1 US dollar) for the tourist boat or 8 baht for the local boat. You can even get a day pass to hop on and off as many times as you like for 100 baht.

 

Take part in the World’s Largest Water Fight

If you happen to be in thailand during the  Songkran Festival then you don’t want to miss the festive fun. It is the hottest time of the year and what better way to cool down than to throw freezing water at each other for days on end? It is a festive time of Thailand’s New Year held in mid April and water can be seen at every angle of the streets of Thailand. The festival is the annual ritual bathing of the Buddha images and is celebrated by the Thais water fighting themselves. If you plan a trip to Thailand, try to schedule your vacation around Songkran, it is worth seeing.

 

Shop at Chang Mai’s Night Market

The streets of Chang Mai come alive and are filled with rows and rows of vendors. The prices seem to be higher here than anywhere else in Thailand, but once you know what to pay for the item you need; you can get them down to the proper price. Bargaining with the thai is part of the fun as you are seen as a long term visitor. With everything to choose from, it is your one stop shopping for every souvenir and piece of clothing that you need.

 

Elephant Trek in Khao Sok

A beautiful National Park in Southern Thailand, it is less of a circus than the elephant treks in Chang Mai. The elephants seem to be treated fairly and look healthy in Khao Sok and to sit upon this gentle giant is so awesome. They manage to move down steep hills and over rough terrain with ease as you hang on hoping not to take a tumble off your high perch. Stay in one of the many bungalows in the park and spend days exploring the trails, waterfalls and wildlife.

 

Try traditional street food

Everyone has heard of the slightly unusual delicacies served in Thailand's bustling streets and markets, especially along the Kho San road in Bangkok. If you have adventurous tastes and want a real experience on your thailand palatable, there are many other delicious options available from street vendors, such as rice porridge with meatballs and ginger, Pad Thai- fried noodles with diced shrimp and tofu, or Som Tam- spicy salad with shredded papaya.

Climate

Thailand is generally hot and humid across most of the country throughout most of the year. While Thailand’s seasons are generally divided into the hot season, cool season, and rainy season, in reality it’s relatively hot most of the year. Between November and May the weather is mostly dry and the cool season and hot season occur from November to February and March to May respectively.

Communications

Thailand features numerous public telephones, mobile phones are easy for visitors to procure, internet cafes and wireless internet services are widespread, and there is a post office in every major town in the Kingdom. The Thailand cell phone coverage is widespread, with reception available in all areas except at the most remote islands and isolated mountainous regions.  Many overseas cell phones will work in Thailand, provided they are GSM compatible, as Thailand features both GSM 900 and 1800 networks.

Emergency numbers are often three or four digit numbers, including Tourist Police, which is 1155.

Customs

Upon arrival in Thailand, foreign citizens must hold a valid passport with at least six months validity, a valid Thai visa, and proof on onward travel. However, visitors from ASEAN or Western countries, including most European, Commonwealth, and North American citizens, are not required to have a Thai visa for visits less than 30 days in Thailand.  They will be granted access through Thailand immigration with a 30 Thai visa waiver, provided upon arrival. After such time, a Thai visa extension from an immigration office or a Thailand visa from an embassy or consulate outside of Thailand is required. Immigration policies are subject to change: check with a Thai Embassy or The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (www.mfa.go.th) for the latest information.

Source: Thailand Official Toursim Website

Language

The official language is "Thai". A lot of locals speak English and such you wont have difficulty communicating.

Money

The national currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht. The ISO recognised code is THB. One USD is equivalent to THB 35.72 (Please check updated rate from your local vendor)

Popular bank such as Citi Bank, HSBC, Standard Chartered and a couple of other national/local banks are available most of which issue debit/credit cards.

 

Passport Visa

Foreigners visiting Thailand for business, investment, study, medical treatment, or employment are required to apply for a Thai visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate-General. Foreigners must possess valid passports or similar documents and comply with the regulations contained in the Immigration Act B.E.2522 (1979) and its related provisions.  Be aware that Thai visa requirements change from time to time and a Thai embassy can provide you with the most up to date Thailand visa information.

With evidence of onward/return travel, citizens of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the USA, and most European nations may enter Thailand for up to 30 days without a Thai visa.  These Thailand visa waivers are issued upon arrival in Thailand.  Those entering Thailand by land may not receive a 30 day exemption however; the Thai visa waiver was reduced to 15 days for those entering by land after January 1, 2009.

For more information visit the official tourism website for Thailand: http://www.tourismthailand.org/About-Thailand/Passport-Visa

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