The Kingdom of Thailand is one of the biggest tourist attraction in South-East Asia. The reason is simple: great food, a tropical climate, fascinating culture, majestic mountains and great beaches. Thailand is located in the heart of Southeast Asia, making the perfect point layover in the journey up to the South Asia. It has mountains and thick forests in the North, green fields in the Central Plains, a North Eastern plateau and a long, dazzling coastline in the South. And if one says the food is reason enough to visit Thailand, it wouldn’t farfetched.
With Bangkok as the Capital city, this small country is right amount of exotic and economical without compromising on the safety. It didn’t lose its culture amid the overpowering inflow of tourists, an innate Thai-ness. The people have a status quo fun-loving, breezy nature that remains unchanged. And if you are a lover of tea, you might never be able to leave.
Thailand is a constitutional monarchy with the reigning king being the longest reigning Thai monarch in history. Thailand embraces a rich diversity of cultures and traditions but is heavily influenced by Buddhism. A rich history is mixed in with a pleasant climate and world-renowned hospitability assures that the Kingdom is never without its international tourist admirers.
The official language of Thailand in Thai. Even though spoken and written Thai is largely incomprehensible to the casual visitor, English is a everyday language in Thailand, especially in Bangkok. All the hotels and tourist hubs have embraced English to meet their hospitality and to make the tourist feel comfortable. Thai-English road and street signs have been put up throughout the nation.
Thailand is a dominantly Buddhist nation with Theravada Buddhism making up for the 95% of the population. It makes up the Thai culture and identity. The Theravada School of Buddhism is closer to its Indian roots with emphasis on monasticism. Thai temples are wats and easily identifiable with their gold, ornate, multicolored and pointy roofs. Spirit house is a pre-Buddhist tradition in which spirits are housed so they don’t enter the main building and cause trouble. They are usually build in a corner of a building and its size is increased depending on how big/grand a building is.
However, there are adherents to Confucianism, Islam, Christianity and animist faiths also. Islam makes up the second largest religious population with a 4.6% which is mostly concentrated in the south of the nation.
Thailand is largely tropical. The temperature varies between 28-35°C range (82-95°F), making up for a hot and humid weather. The mountains in the North are a reprieve for anyone who wants to escape the constant heat. The country sees three seasons: Cold, Hot and Rainy though the durations and degree varies according to the geographical variation.
Cool summer clothes are the most sensible choice when it comes to most of the Thailand. But A jacket is essential in formal meetings or in top restaurants. Thailand has a very conservative clothing and so shorts, skirts and beach wear are not considered appropriate outside of the resort or beyond the beach areas.