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With its Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, breathtakingly spectacular islands, adventure, food, world-renowned hospitality and fascinating history, Thailand is a wondrous kingdom! Known for being the “land of smiles” due to the country’s friendly locals and strong sense of community, it’s no wonder why Thailand has become a favoured destination for travellers around the world. Discover Thainess on a remarkable journey through many rainforests, picturesque coastlines, toothsome cuisine, remarkable shopping, palaces with architectural wonders and an experience like no other.
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Head to the bustling streets of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, allows travellers to experience best of cuisine, arts, adventure and history. Unwind on Karon Beach, Phuket or on the Phi Phi Islands. Enrich your soul with the ever-cultural Chiang Mai; the Old City regions featuring walls and structures from its deep history with many cultural or religious centres.
Officially becoming the Kingdom of Thailand in 1939 (formerly Siam), it’s been long dubbed as “The Land of Smiles” for the country’s genuinely happy, laidback culture and worldwide reputation of having friendly locals. Located on Southeast Asia’s Indochina peninsula, Thailand is known for its royal palaces, secluded tropical beaches, ancient ruins and historical landmarks. The Kingdom of Thailand has many Buddhist temples and exotic wildlife alongside its fascinating history. Thailand was known as Siam until 1939 when it officially became the Kingdom of Thailand.
Thailand is the only Southeast Asian nation to have not been colonized by European powers. Thailand also has had its own unified Thai kingdom (current head of state is HM Bhumibol Adulyadej) since the mid-14th century.
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Officially becoming the Kingdom of Thailand in 1939 (formerly Siam), it’s been long dubbed as “The Land of Smiles” for the country’s genuinely happy, laidback culture and worldwide reputation of having friendly locals. Located on Southeast Asia’s Indochina peninsula, Thailand is known for its royal palaces, secluded tropical beaches, ancient ruins and historical landmarks.
Thailand has three seasons: the wet season (November to February), the cool season (May to October), and the hot season (February to May). If it’s beaches you seek, Koh Samui is the perfect place to visit during the hot season. For those who like hiking in the forests or checking out mountains, the cool season is recommended to travellers, when there are cool breezes and beautiful flowers are beginning to bloom.
Thailand is generally a very safe destination all year round. It is recommended to take any necessary precautions as you would when at home; bring sun block and apply regularly, stay hydrated often, wear long-sleeved clothing to prevent burn or insect bites and have copies on-hand of your important documents (ie: passport, excursion/tour confirmations, event tickets, etc.), while keeping them stored separately (and safely) from the originals. We recommend that all our travellers purchase travel insurance to cover theft, loss, cancellations/travel interruptions, accidents and non-pre-existing medical problems.
While some vaccines may be recommended when travelling around Asia – WHO recommends travellers be up to date with their Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B shots – there aren’t any known ailments or endemic diseases where there is a need for a particular immunisation required for travel.
In general, prior to departure for any vacation, it’s always best to speak with your physician, who knows your medical history, and can assess any risks involved with your intended destination.
Currency & Customs
The currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht and is comes in both coin and banknote form.
Bargaining is encouraged at the marketplaces in Thailand, as it is part of their culture to haggle; prices can be reduced drastically by haggling at most stalls.
Visitors are allowed to enter Thailand with personal items of value that does not exceed 80, 000 Baht.
There are restrictions on the amounts of alcohol and tobacco products brought into Thailand. Plants and animals, and products made from such, may be subject to restrictions and quarantine.
The electric current is 220 Volt AC throughout Thailand. To know if your electronics need both an adaptor and converter, best to speak with an electronic specialist.
Majority of the population in Thailand speak Thai or one of its regional dialects. English is also spoken and understood throughout much of Thailand.