Thailand

Country Information

Located in south-east Asia, Thailand is home to pristine beaches with aqua blue waters and an enticingly rich culture. From Phuket to Hua Hin there is something for every taste in this diverse country. Not to mention the high energized pace in the futuristic, yet Asian influenced city of Bangkok.

Thailand is the 50th largest country in the world, spanning about 198,000 square miles of surface area. Likewise, it has the 21st largest population, with more than 64 million people. Its culture and traditions are influenced by its neighboring countries, Burma and Laos along with the nearby countries of India and Cambodia.

Though governmental strife and political disputes have plagued the country for years, Thailand has remained a coveted destination for travelers. With a history that dates back more than 1000 years and more than 26 unique provinces to explore there is much to see and do in Thailand. From the avid outdoors men to the luxury spa set, visitors have their choice of accommodations to choose from.

Language

In Thailand there are several languages spoken. The national language is the Thai language, which is closely related to the language spoken in nearby Burma, Lao Shan. However, several other languages are spoken in Thailand as well including Isan, Yawi, Chinese and various tribal languages. Additionally, English is taught as a mandatory subject in school.

Religion

Thailand has the largest population of Buddhists in the world with more than 94% of the country following the faith. Next to Buddhism, the Muslim religion is the second largest with close to 5% of the population. There are also small minorities of Christians, Sikhs, Hindus and Jewish people living in the country. 

Climate

The climate in Thailand is a tropical one. There is heavy rainfall between the months of June and October. The temperature varies between 98 degrees Fahrenheit in the rainy season to 56 degrees Fahrenheit in the dry season from November to February.  

Clothing

It is never extremely hot or cold in Thailand so you do not need to pack heavy clothing when traveling there. Generally, most visitors wear lightweight clothing or medium weight if they visit during the cooler months. It is also wise to bring rain gear when visiting Thailand. 

Mobile Phones

The international access code for Thailand is 66. Most international cellphone carriers have roaming agreements in place. Coverage for cellphones is good, especially in larger towns and cities. 

Getting Online & Checking E-mail

There are many Internet cafes throughout Thailand. Even smaller towns and cities in Thailand have Internet cafes. In addition to Internet cafes, many hotels provide their guests with access to the Internet.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Your Personal Assistant's phone number will be provided upon arrival in Thailand

  • Police Station: 191
  • Ambulance: 191
  • Tourist Police: 1155 
  • Traffic Police: 1193
  • U.S. Embassy in Thailand in Bangkok:  +66-2-2005-4000

Activities in Thailand

Advisory

Please be advised that you may not be able to participate in certain activities after receiving your medical treatment. For instance, hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking may be off limits while you are in Thailand. Your doctor will be able to advise you on the appropriate activities in which you can participate.

Thailand Excitement

The tourism industry in Thailand is very developed. Starting off, there is much to see and do in the city of Bangkok. There are historical sites like the Emerald Budda, the largest and oldest temple the Wat Pho and Vimanmek Palace, a former summer retreat for royalty.

Outside of Bangkok many enjoy Thailand’s second largest city Chiang Mai. With ancient temples to explore high in the hills it can’t be missed. If you can make the trek up to Doi Suthep temple the views of the city below are spectacular.

Many visitors to Thailand also enjoy a trip to Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand. Amazing limestone formations sit below the drenched canopies of the rain forests and the landscape is dotted with waterfalls and trickling streams that add to the charm and serenity of the park. Visitors can stay in bamboo raft houses or tree houses, which only adds to this unique experience.

If you are looking to be entertained consider taking in a muay thai match. This traditional Thai sport is practiced everyday in stadiums in cities like Bangkok and the smaller provinces. Muay thai sporting events are very popular and exciting and each match is followed by music and ceremonial events.

One-Day Tours

If you are looking for a one day tour or a day trip, consider a trip to one of Thailand’s beaches. Beach areas like Phuket have a tourism industry all their own. Many have attractions and activities for guests to enjoy like water sports and activities for children and families. Beach areas would include Hua Hin, Phuket, Ko Phi Phi, Ko Samui, Krabi and Pattaya. 

Shopping

Thailand has many opportunities for shopping both traditional and unique. One experience that cannot be missed while shopping in Thailand is a trip to one of Bangkok’s Floating Markets. The floating stalls are piled with fresh fruits and vegetables along with knick knacks and ready to serve food.

Thailand is considered by many to be a bargain hunters paradise. With street markets, night markets and floating markets where visitors can hammer out a deal with the shop attendants. Shopping malls and department stores are also plentiful. Popular tourist’s finds would include silks, cottons, leather goods, batiks, pottery, items made of silver or gold, items made of precious or semiprecious stones, dolls, decorative umbrellas, masks and bamboo items.

 Nightlife and the Arts

The nightlife in Thailand is one of its main attractions for many tourists. Major cities have a wide range of entertainment venues including pubs, bars, nightclubs and cocktail lounges. Many also enjoy performances of cabaret, theatre or the cinema. In Bangkok lovers of the art enjoy performances at the Thailand Cultural Centre and the Patravadi Theatre.

  Spas

Many of the luxury hotels contain spas and health facilities in Thailand. Visitors enjoy a traditional Thai massage or one of the many ancient healing treatments passed done through the generations. Popular spas would include the Chi Spa, the Ananda Spa or the Tantara Health Spa.