The wondrous kingdom of Thailand, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands, serves as a magnet for travelers from all around the world who flock every year to explore its fascinating history and unique culture and friendly people in this “land of smiles”.
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Along with a fascinating history and a unique culture that includes delectable Thai food and massage, Thailand features a modern capital city, and friendly people who epitomize Thailand’s “land of smiles” reputation.
Totaling approximately 514,000 square kilometers, Thailand is the world's 50th largest country by total area nearly equal in size to Spain.
Thailand is home to several distinct geographic regions, partly corresponding to the provincial groups. The north of the country is the mountainous area of the Thai highlands, with the highest point being DoiInthanon in the Thanon Thong Chai Range at 2,565 meters (8,415 ft) above sea level. The northeast, Isan, consists of the Khorat Plateau, bordered to the east by the Mekong River. The centre of the country is dominated by the predominantly flat Chao Phraya river valley, which runs into the Gulf of Thailand. Southern Thailand consists of the narrow Kra Isthmus that widens into the Malay Peninsula.
The local climate is tropical with temperatures typically range from 19 to 38 degrees C (66-100 F)characterized by monsoons. There is a rainy, warm, and cloudy southwest monsoon from mid-May to September, as well as a dry, cool northeast monsoon from November to mid-March. The southern isthmus is always hot and humid.
- Chiang Mai
- Ko Chang
- Hat Yai
Major Attractions (Travellers/Students):
Thailand is a wondrous kingdom, with rich culture, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands, mouth-watering food and friendly people.
Five must-visit tourist attractions in Taiwan:
- The Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw
- Similan Islands
- Sunday Night Walking Street & Floating Markets
- Phang Nga Bay
- Ayutthaya Historical Park
- Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
- KhaoYai National Park
The country code for Thailand is 66 and the international call prefix is 00 while the exit code is 001 (needed for making any international calls from Thailand).
The emergency number for police is 191.
Travel Tips for Thailand:
- Respect the king and royal family.
- Dress conservatively in temples.
- Avoid touching any monk especially if you are a female.
- Haggling is accepted.
- Avoid touching a Thai person on the head or pointing your feet (especially soles) towards them.
- Avoid eating from a fork - instead use it to transfer food onto a spoon.
- Take your shoes off while entering in a temple, home or shop.