Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country at the center of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India on the Andaman Sea to the southwest.
There are hundreds of holiday properties and guest houses for under $20 a night. Thai Food is likewise inexpensive and often the street food vendors, who typically sell dishes for the equivalent of $1 or less, offer the most delicious stuff. Want to splurge? Even better, as Thailand has some amazing hotels and resorts, all for significantly less than you would pay back home.
Whether you visit in December or May, expect warm weather and mostly clear days. There are seasons in Thailand; they’re just a little different from the ones we’re used to – cool, hot and rainy, Thailand has a tropical climate with a distinct monsoon season, which means that whatever time of year you visit, it’s going to be warm and humid and might be wet. There are three seasons in Thailand, cool season between November and February, hot season between March and May and rainy (monsoon) season between June and October. Heat, humidity and rainfall vary significantly depending on where you’re traveling and what time of year you come.
Thailand has some of the best beaches in the world. Warm, clear water, stunning vistas and marine life gawk at as you swim, snorkel or scuba. Plus, there are so many different types of beaches in Thailand, from quiet and laid back to party all night, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and it has a variety of different beaches to choose from. Most visitors end up on the popular Patong Beach, but there are other options available, too. Though the island doesn’t have any really secluded or “undiscovered” beaches, it does relax, family-friendly beaches, There are multiple beaches which are Patong Beach, Kamala Beach, and Surin Beach, Nai Thon Beach, Karon Beach, Kata Beach, Nai Harn Beach, and Rawai Beach.
Buddhism is the country’s predominant religion and it influences everything from the architecture to the way people interact with each other. Any of the country’s major cities have breathtaking Buddhist temples to visit, Chiang Mai and Bangkok especially, there are hundreds of interesting Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai. Some are historically significant, some contain beautiful artwork, some are popular with local Buddhists and some offer foreigners a chance to learn about Buddhism, When you go, remember that a temple (called a wat in Thai) isn’t just a tourist attraction. Most of Chiang Mai’s Buddhist temples are there to serve Buddhist and the community, so you’ll be expected to wear modest clothing and be quiet.
Whether you are on the beach or in one of Thailand’s cities, you won’t be far from the bars and nightclubs that have made the country famous. Don’t worry, it’s not all go-go bars and scantily clad women! There are plenty of discos, nightclubs and regular bars, too.
There is evidence of human habitation in Thailand that has been dated at 40,000 years before the present, with stone artifacts dated to this period at Tham Lod Rockshelter in Mae Hong Son, Similar to other regions in Southeast Asia, Thailand was heavily influenced by the culture and religions of India, , starting with the Kingdom of Funan around the 1st century CE to the Khmer Empire.