Thailand thrills you with the enchanting smile of thai women, its paradise beaches, Buddhist palaces and temples, hospitality and unique flavor. Thailand or the Free People’s Country is the only Southeast Asian state that has never been colonized, a kingdom that has never attacked its neighbours and managed to conserve its past. From the mountains and jungles of the northern part of the country, to the green fields planted with rice from the center to the gentle beaches with fine sand in the south of the country and the islands, Thailand is definitely the most exotic Asian attraction.
Name: Thailand (Kingdom of Thailand)
Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, southeast of Burma
Main towns: Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Khaen, Hat Yai, Samut Prakan, Mueang Nonthaburi, Udon Thani, Chon Buri
Currency: Baht – THB
Timezone: UTC+7 (ICT)
Tipping: It is not customary to tip in Thailand, but a tip will always be appreciated. If you do tip make sure you tip directly to the person who served you and always in cash.
At a hotel it is nice to tip the bellboy or porter 20 to 50 baht depending on how many bags they carry. Your hotel maid won’t expect a tip but nevertheless some guests will leave a small tip of 20 to 50 baht in an envelope on the pillow of the bed.
At cheaper restaurants in Thailand it is customary to leave your small change behind. If you are eating at a small roadside place then you should round the bill up. In high end restaurants tips you should tip at least 10% for good service but only if there is no service charge on the bill. You should hand your tip directly to to the waiter.
You can tip the equivalent of between $10 and $20 per day for the tour guide (the guide should be giving a portion of your tip to the driver). Taxi drivers in Thailand will not expect you to tip, however most taxi drivers in Thailand will round up the fare.
Voltage: Network parameters: 230 V / 50 Hz; A, B, C, O socket is used, you need adapters.
The richness of Thai culinary art, famous around the world for its flavors, can be felt, tasted and seen all over the country. Thailand has so many wonderful places, cities and tourist resorts, that by visiting it, the only regret you could have is that you do not have enough time to visit them all.
The weather is tropical, influenced by the wet mosoon during May – Septembre and by the dry mosoon during Novembre – March. The south area is permanently warm and humid.
Bangkok is a show city itself with colorful lights, flower stalls, fruit and handcrafts, music and outdoor dances. Also often called Venice of the East, because of the numerous water channels that cross it, Bangkok is primarily a city of temples and you must visit at least one of the over 400.
Chiang Rai is the starting point of the famous Golden Triangle, an area that defines one of the largest opium-producing areas in Asia, spread between Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. Among the main objectives in Chiang Rai are the Wat Phra Kaew Temples, where there are beautiful Buddha brass and copper images, and Wat Rong Khun, a contemporary white Buddhist temple, with an interesting kanok architecture.
Phuket – it’s also known as the Island of Smile, or the Pearl of Andaman, the name deriving from its glory and the welfare of its inhabitants from the precious metals production. The island is very attractive with its beautiful banks and forested hills, and the surrounding waters contain an extremely varied marine life. There are no fewer than eight well maintained beaches, including Nay Yang, a quiet beach that is part of Sirinath National Park and Mai Khao, where tortoises come to nest.
Situated in Ratchaburi Province, 100 km from Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak – the Floating Market is the place where locals come with boats to sell or buy various products. Here traffic on the water is much more intense than on the streets of the big cities at peak hours and you can buy beautiful souvenirs, or you can negotiate and buy fruit or spices.
Fine sand beaches, comfortable hotels, water sports, countless leisure options, and thrilling nightlife, make Pattaya one of the most beautiful resorts in the world. For those who want to explore the surroundings, NongNooch – The Botanical Garden with Orchids and Tropical Plants, Elephant Village, MiniSiam Park and Koh Larn Island are just some of the area’s attractions.