THAILAND, officially the Kingdom of Thailand

Tourism plays an important role in the Thai economy with 18.4% of GDP of Thailand in February 2019.

Thailand’s attraction includes pristine beaches, complex of tropical islands, flora and fauna, Buddhist temples, cultural and historical sites as well as several World Heritage Sites, especially nightlife with plentiful entertainment activities.

Thailand is also paradise of shopping with a variety of international and local brands and a diversity of street food.

Prostitution and sex tourism are illegal in Thailand but each year, it still earned billions of USD for Thailand government.

Size: 513,120 km2

Population: over 68 million people

Religion: Buddhism is the most religion in Thailand with about 95% of population following this Theravada religion. The second largest religion is Muslim with about 4.6%, Catholic Christians is about 0.7% and the remaining 1% includes Hindu, Sikh and Jewish.

Capital: Bangkok as well as being the largest city in Thailand.

Ethnic Minorities: Thailand is a multi-ethnic group with more than 30 different ethnic minority groups, including Chinese, Malays, Khmer, hill tribes such as Akha, Hmong, Karen, Kui, Mon, Moken and Semang, etc.

Language: Besides the official language is Central Thai in Thailand, there are numerous quantity of language in this country such as Thai Isan (Thai Lao), Northern Thai, Pak Dai, Sino-Tibetan, Mon-Khmer and Hmong – Mien, etc.

Climate: Thailand has a tropical climate with three distinct seasons. They are the hot season from March to Mid-May, Rainy season from Mid-May to October because of effect of southwest monsoon, and a dry and cool season from November to February.

Culture: The culture in Thailand is a blend of Indian influences, Chinese Traditions and its own culture. Due to its diverse geography and four distinct regions division, each region of Thailand has its own unique cultural and geographic features.

Currency: Bath

Economy: thanks to strong fundamental and diverse industries, Thailand has become the second largest economy in Southeast Asia and the world’s 19th largest manufacturer.

 

Friendly local residents and culinary diversity, multi-culture and rich history, impressive and curious, Thailand attracts visitors to brilliant smiles, vibrant temples, majestic landscapes and tropical beaches.

  • When is the best time to visit Thailand?

Although you can visit Thailand at any time of the year, the best time to travel is during the cool and dry season from November to early April. The best time to visit Northern and Southern Thailand is between October and January during summers. There are different climates from the eastern to western coasts in the south. For Gulf of Thailand, it is ideal for tourists to discover it from December until March because of pleasant and windy weather, which is extremely suitable for water sports and beach activities. While it is perfect time to discover the west coast from November to March because April and May are the hottest months of the year while May to Mid-October faces with the monsoon effect on the west coast.

  • How to reach Thailand?

By Air: The main international airports in Thailand are in Bangkok and Phuket, which connects with all the countries. Other international ones are situated in Krabi, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai and Hat Yai, which mainly connected to South-East Asian Countries.

By Bus: there are daily buses from Singapore to Hat Yai.

By Rail: There is a single international train between Butterworth and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, extending to Singapore. It takes around 48 hours for this train journey and change trains twice.

By Road: There are six international borders from Cambodia. Besides, it is possible to drive up to Thailand from Malaysia and Singapore, as well as from Laos with Friendship Bridge across the Mekong.

By Water: you can come Phuket by cruise ship from Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Europe or ferries from Indonesia.

  • What to do in Thailand?

Bangkok: is the capital city of Thailand with a lot of historical site, religious monuments and natural landscape, especially shopping malls and local markets, which made it become one of shopping paradise in the world. The best time to visit is from late November to Mid January.

Pattaya: is one of famous and beautiful beach in the eastern coast of Gulf of Thailand with pristine beaches, water parks, religious temples and untouched natural beauty. The best time to come here is from November to June in the year.

Phuket: is a famous tourist attraction in southern Thailand with gorgeous beaches, clean air, breathtaking natural beauty as well as a system of islets, bringing great water activity experiences. From November to the end of February is perfect time for tourist to enjoy this vivid island.

Phi Phi Island: is a complex of six islands, which is 40km far from Phuket. Among six island, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh are the two most famous islands with turquoise water and vibrant parties. More specially, visitors can enjoy this wonderful island for the whole year thanks to perfect weather here.

Chiang Mai: located in the south of Thailand, Chiang Mai is famous for numerous temples and monasteries, natural and historical sites, crowded local markets and lush greenery countryside. Some must-see destinations can be named such as Wat Phra Doi Suthep, Wat Phra Singh, both of which is famous Buddhist temples in this region, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Umong – two old world temples as well as Doi Inthanon National Park and Chiang Mai Grand Canyon, etc. the best time to visit Chiang Mai is from December to February.

Koh Samui: is the second-largest island of Thailand in the Champhon Archipelago, which lies in the Gulf of Thailand (South Thailand). Coconut and rubber exports as well as tourist trade are the main revenue source of this island. The island is famous for untouched nature with clear blue waters, white sandy beaches and lush green forests surrounding island. The best time to escape from bustling city into this amazing island is from December to May.

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