Thailand is a jewel of Asia. With its many beaches and forests, towns and temples, Thailand is an all time favourite for tourists around the world. Trekking in the mountains and forests is a main activity especially in the mountainous north, while beaches are well known in the east and south.
The sport is growing fast—the Thai Orienteering Federation was admitted as a member of the International Orienteering Federation in January 2019.
- Zoos (but note some may be cruel to animals)
- Some important historical locations, such as the Bridge over the River Kwai (Death Railway), are in Thailand.
- Amusement parks, many of which are water-based
- Thai Spa
- Water sports
Thai cuisine includes rice, noodles and soup. Pad Thai and Tom Yum Gung are world famous.
- Coconut-derived products
- Durian-derived products
- Buddhist items
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Good to know
- Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi (BKK) for most long-haul flights, Don Mueang (DMK) for Asian low-cost carriers
- North: Chiang Mai (CNX), Chiang Rai (CEI)
- East: U-Tapao (UTP) for Pattaya
- South: Phuket (HKT), Hat Yat (HDY), Krabi (KBV)
- Public Transport within cities
- Bangkok: metro (MRT/Skytrain), bus
- All cities: minibus, taxi, tuk-tuk
- Some other cities such as Chiang Mai have started urban bus systems
- Intercity transport
- Available to most major cities (sometimes with a bus transfer e.g. to Phuket)
- Overnight sleeper trains available to Chiang Mai, Hat Yai/Padang Besar for Malaysia, Nong Khai for Laos, Ubon Ratchathani
- To Cambodia via Aranyaprathet
- Domestic flight
Thai language (Phasa Thai ภาษาไทย) is the national language of Thailand. It’s related to the Shan language in Myanmar (Burma) and other indigenous languages in Yunnan, China.
Thai is a tonal language, like Cantonese and Vietnamese. There are 5 tones.
Thai is written with an abugida (“alphabet” grouped in syllables) which evolved from Indic scripts.
Thailand has a relaxed culture; people are polite and friendly, thus the nickname “country of smiles”.
Like China, Thai culture is dependent on “face”, akin to personal honour.
Buddhism is an integral part of Thai culture, and Thai life is fundamentally integrated with Buddhist festivals and customs. Monks are held in great respect.
- Electric plug: Thailand has both A/B (North American) and C/F (European) sockets. Most sockets accept both types of plugs. Power supply is 230V/50Hz
- Currency: Thai Baht (THB)