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Full country name: Kingdom of Thailand
Area: 513,120 sq km
Population: 62 million
Capital City: Bangkok
Languages: Thai, English (secondary language of the elite), ethnic and regional dialects
Religion: Buddhist 94.6%, Muslim 4.6%, Christian 0.7%, other 0.1%
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +7
Dialling Code: 66
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric

Money & Costs:
Currency: Baht
Average yearly salary: USD 8,200

Meals:
Budget: Bht90-180
Mid-range: Bht180-300
High: Bht300-500
Top: Bht500+
Accommodation:
Budget: Bht130-650
Mid-range: Bht650-4000
High: Bht4000-10000
Top: Bht10000+

Thailand with its irresistible combination of breathtaking natural beauty, inspiring temples, renowned hospitality, robust cuisine and ruins of fabulous ancient kingdoms is still a budget traveller's dream destination. You can get by on a budget of around 650 Baht a day anywhere in Thailand. Staying in comfortable hotels and eating at restaurants should cost around 750 -1250 Baht a day outside of Bangkok and around double this amount when in the capital. Tipping is not customary in Thailand, although Thais are getting used to the idea of it in upmarket hotels.

Geography: Thailand is situated in southeast Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, southeast of Myanmar (Burma). It also borders Laos on the north and northeast, Cambodia on the east, and Malaysia on the south. Central Thailand is dominated by the Chao Phraya River. The country is divided into 76 provinces.One-fifth of Thailand is covered by monsoon forest or rainforest, and the country has an incredible array of fruit trees, bamboo and tropical hardwoods. There are freshwater swamp forests in the delta regions; forested crags amid the karst topography of both the north and south; mangroves in the south; and pine forests at higher altitudes in the north.

Climate: Generally hot, particularly between March and May. The monsoon season runs from June to October, when the climate is still hot and humid with torrential rains. The best time for travelling is November to February (cool season).

Recommended clothing: Lightweights and rainwear are advised.

Social conventions: Although Thais greet with closed hands and a slight bow of the head, especially Buddhist monks, a visitor is usually greeted with a handshake.

Health: Medical consultation should be taken at least three weeks before going to Thailand. Malaria is a risk in the rural areas; immunization against hepatitis A and typhoid fewer is advised. Vaccination against Japanese encephalitis is also highly recommended. Water should be treated before drinking or using it for any other reasons. Avoid ice in drinks, and stick to bottled water. HIV/AIDS is spread in the bigger cities and resorts. Medical facilities are considered to be good in major cities, but medical insurance is essential. There are excellent international hospitals in Bangkok.

Food & Drink: Thai cuisine is well known all around the world, and its emphasis is put on lightly prepared food with strong aromatic spices. Thai food is also known for its balance of the five fundamental taste senses in each dish (spicy, sour, sweet, bitter, and salty). Rice is a staple food of Thai cuisine. Many Thai dishes include different kinds of protein, or at least combinations of protein, such as: beef (nuea), chicken (kai), pork (mu), duck (pet), tofu (taohu) or various seafood. Certain insects are also eaten in Thailand. Many markets feature stalls which sell deep-fried grasshoppers, crickets (chingrit), bee larvae, silkworm (non mai), ant eggs (khai mot). Note, that beer is very expensive in Thailand; a small bottle of beer usually costs more than a meal. This is because of the heavy tax, especially for foreigners, therefore Thais prefer their national drink Mekong (whiskey), which is more reasonably priced. A unique thing in Thailand is the quality of food provided by the street kitchens. For 15 to 40 Baht, you can get a full meal, and while the food is cheap, it does certainly not mean that it is cheapish.

Public Holidays:
Jan 1 New Year's Day
3rd Thai lunar month (Feb) Magha Bucha Day
Apr 6 Chakri Day
Apr 13-15 Songkran (Thai New Year)
May 1 Labour Day
May 5 Coronation Day
6th Thai lunar month (May) Visakha Bucha
Jul 1 Mid Year Bank Holiday
8th Thai lunar month (July) Khao Phansa Day (Buddhist Lent)
Aug 12 HM The Queen's Birthday
Oct 23 Chulalongkorn Day
Dec 5 HM The King's Birthday
Dec 10 Constitution Day
Dec 31 New Year's Eve

Note: *The religious festivals are determined by the Buddhist lunar calendar and therefore are difficult to predict. The dates provided here are estimates.

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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