Welcome to Thailand

Thailand

Officially becoming the Kingdom of Thailand in 1939 (former 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. 

 


Information & Facts

Attraction Overview:

The 50th largest country in the world, Thailand covers approximately 513, 000 square kilometers and borders Myanmar and Laos, and is situated next to Malaysia and the Gulf of Thailand. 

  • 65 million citizens
  • Thailand is roughly equivalent in size to France or Texas
  • 50th largest country in the world
  • Capital city is Bangkok
  • 94.6% of Thai population is Buddhist
Climate:

Thailand has three seasons: the wet season (November to February) , the cool season (May to October), and the hot season (February to May) . Depending on where and when you travel Thailand, be sure to check the weather before visiting and speak to a Destination Specialist on best times to travel, according to the weather patterns.  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.

Customs:

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:

  • 250 grams of cigars or smoking tobacco, or 200 cigarettes
  • 1 liter of wine or liquor.

Plants and animals, and products made from such, may be subject to restrictions and quarantine.

Electricity:

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.

Language:

Majority of the population in Thailand speak Thai or one of its regional dialects. English is also spoken and understood throughout much of Thailand.

Money:

The currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht and is comes in both coin and banknote form. 

Shopping in Thailand is all over Thailand and there are many places to compare prices before making your purchase. Buying in bulk is always a lot cheaper, so visiting a wholesale market is definitely worthwhile if buying souvenirs to bring home and gift to many friends and relatives.

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.

Most malls open daily from 10.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m. Night markets are often always open until midnight.

 

Passport Visa:

Visitors upon arrival must have a valid passport with at least six months validity, a valid Thai visa, and proof on onward travel.  Visitors from North America (or the commonwealth) are not required to have a Thai travel visa is their time in Thailand is less than 30 days.  A traveller will be granted access through Thailand immigration with a 30 Thai visa waiver.