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Thailand is situated in the South-East of Asia and covers a land area similar to that of France. It's land borders include Myanmar in the north and west, the Andaman Sea to the west, Laos in the north and east, Cambodia and the Gulf of Thailand in the east, and Malaysia in the south.

The shape of Thailand is similar to the profile of an elephant with a long trunk stretching down the peninsular although Thai students are taught that their country resembles the shape of an ancient axe with the peninsular being the handle.

Activities

The rich diversity of Thailand's attractions are World famous, but the continuing development of the Kingdom’s tourism ensures that there are still many more awaiting discovery. A land of golden temples, tropical beaches and forested hills, Thailand's devotion to the Buddhist faith and their beloved King merge a culture that preserves its identity and gracious natural hospitality.

Thailand has few equals for sightseeing and travel, from amazing temples and palaces, to awe-inspiring World Heritage Sites. Vibrant resort towns and idyllic beaches captivate tourists to this 'Land of Smiles'.

Soft adventure activities blend with eco-tourism in the mountainous jungle terrains, with trekking on foot or the back of an elephant, 4-wheel drive safaris, whitewater rafting, mountain biking. Thailand's extensive coastline offers scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, and sea canoeing with expert tuition provided.

The Kingdom of Thailand has over 100 golf courses with most of them rating to international standard. They are conveniently located close to the major tourist destinations and offer first-class facilities and 'wallet friendly' fees.

Climate

Thailand's climate is tropical having high temperatures and humidity, dominated by monsoons. The hottest months of the year are April and May.

June sees the beginning of the South West Monsoon heralding the start of the rainy season, which continues intermittently until the end of October.

From November to the end of February the climate is much less opressive with a cooling North East breeze and a reduction in the humidity level. This is also the main tourist season, and the best time to visit Thailand. The north and north-east are generally cooler than Bangkok in winter, and hotter in summer.

Culture

Thailand’s cultural heritage was influenced by ancient India around 2,300 years ago when the Indian merchants and scholars gradually settled in Southeast Asia. Much of Thailand’s royal tradition is also rooted in Indian culture. Buddhism is thought to have first come to Thailand at Nakhon Pathom and by the 6th century AD many independent provinces were flourishing in the region.

Towards the end of the 13th century, Khmer power in this area waned and new kingdoms dominated by the Thai race developed, including the northern Lanna kingdom. Beginning by nibbling away at the perimeter of the Khmer empire at Sukhothai and in Lanna some 700 years ago, the Thai race later established the glorious court at Ayutthaya, and eventually Bangkok.

Over the past centuries, many peoples, among them the Chinese, Arabs, Malays and Westerners, have contributed to Thailand’s cultural heritage. Thailand’s majestic cultural heritage inherited over the past centuries was dominated or influenced by many kingdoms encompassing the area including the powerful Khmer. The remains of their cultural heritage can still be seen in many places through out the kingdom.

Festivals

Thailand is a Country that understands the importance and relevance of it's history. Thai people place great energy to create and enjoy Festivals and Events throughout the year. Please click on a month to view the amazing activities and celebrations in various Thai provinces.


Food

When we speak of 'Thai food', we are in fact talking of four very distinct regions in the country, each with their own culinary traditions. Good food also comes up from the street level, and many of Thailand's most popular dishes can be found at the smallest food stalls and restaurants. There is an influence of China, India, Malaysia and other neighbouring countries so all these different factors come together under the Thai label.

One of the most distinctive aspects of the cuisine is its use of herbs and spices. The herbs have another function, in addition to providing flavour they have varying degrees of medical and therapeutic benefits. Coupled with its low-fat qualities and its essential freshness, this helps make thai food one of the healthiest. Sharing a meal is an important part of the day for any Thai person, and meals are very seldom taken alone which is why all the dishes are generally served at once during Thai meal, and why there is a communal spoon placed alongside each dish for people to help themselves and to serve others.

Religion

Thailand is Buddhist meaning that people follow the teachings of the Lord Buddha. Buddhists in Thailand worship in Wats, which also double as monasteries. Most males will spend some time as a monk, shaving their heads and wearing the bright orange robes. At dawn, monks leave the wats where the faithful will give them food and receive a blessing.

Women should avoid touching monks and should they wish to pass anything to them they should leave it where the monk can pick it up. Feet are regarded as unclean by Buddhists so never point them at anyone. If you sit in a temple, tuck you feet away from you and not towards the main Buddha image.
Never touch anyone on their heads as Thai's are very respectful and polite and aren’t likely to say anything, but they still may be offended by thoughtless actions.

Travel Tips

Greetings

Thai's don't normally shake hands when they greet one another, but instead press the palms together in a prayer-like gesture called a wai. Thai's regard the head as the highest part of the body, therefore avoid touching people on the head and try not to point your feet at people or an object as it is considered very rude.

Religion
Visitors should dress neatly in all religious shrines and they should never go topless, or in shorts, hot pants or other unsuitable attire. It is acceptable to wear shoes when walking around the compound of a Buddhist temple, but not inside the chapel where the principal Buddha image is kept.

The Law
Do not get yourself involved with drugs. Penalties for drug offences are very severe in Thailand.
Do not support any manner of wild animal abuse. Never purchase any products or souvenirs made from wild animals including reptiles like snakes, monitor lizards, and also turtle shell and ivory.
Drop your garbage into a waste container. In an effort to keep the city clean and healthy, the fine will be imposed on a person who spits, discards cigarette stubs, or drops rubbish in public areas.
Observe all normal precautions as regards to personal safety, as well as the safety of your belongings.

The Monarchy
Thai people have a deep, traditional reverence for the Royal Family, and a visitor should be careful to show respect for the King, the Queen and the Royal Children.


We hope these guidelines are helpful during your stay in Thailand. More detailed information about Thai provinces are available by clicking the appropriate listing in our Main Menu. This is where you will also find a selection of businesses that are offering benefits and discounts to Asia Privilege Club Members.

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