Location: Thailand is located at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia. A Constitutional Monarchy, Thailand follows Theravada Buddhism as major religion. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Thailand is surrounded by Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Mayanmar and Gulf of Thailand.
Things to see: Thailand has a lot to offer to anyone visiting the county – something which also explains reasons for its fame as a tourist destination. Here you can enjoy some of the best beaches in the world. And, it is not just about beaches; in Thailand you have the opportunity to enjoy culture and architectural ruins and Buddhist temples all over. Before you get too overawed by religious feelings, you can head to some of the best nightlife joints. Thailand is a paradise for shopping enthusiasts. And, if you are tired doing all these, head to massage parlours to get lovely Thai massages. Nature has also endowed Thailand. You can enjoy forests, wildlife, bird watching and can also ride elephants.
Language: The official language of Thailand is Siamese Thai. Thai language is closely related to numerous smaller languages of southern China, Myanmar and northern Vietnam. It is the principal language of education and government and is spoken throughout the country. English is a mandatory school subject, but the number of fluent speakers remains very low, especially outside the cities.
Climate: Climate is more or less hot and humid throughout the year. Thais classify their climate into three distinct seasons – rainy season (May to October), hot season (March – May) and cool season (November to February).
On the Andaman or west coast, where Phuket, Krabi, and the Phi Phi Islands lie, the southwest monsoon brings heavy storms from April to October. On the easter coast by Gulf of Thailand, where Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao lie, most of the rainfall occurs between September and December.
Currency: Thai Currency is called Thai Baht (THB)
$1 = THB35.1
THB 1 = INR1.90
Cuisine: Thai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. Thai meals typically consist of rice with many complementary dishes shared by all. The dishes are all served at the same time, including the soups.
Thai food is often spicy, but not always spicy as is the popular belief. Some popular Thai foods are Tom-Yum-Goong (a spicy shrimp soup), pad thai (fried noodles), and Gaeng-Keaw-Waan-Gai (green curry with chicken).
Thai cooking basically involves interplay of three to five taste senses – sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy. Thai cuisine is, in fact, comprised of four regional cuisines, corresponding to the four main regions of the country.
These for main regions are:
• Central Thai cuisine of the flat and wet central rice-growing plains and of Bangkok, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai
• Isan or northeastern Thai cuisine of the more arid Khorat Plateau, similar in culture to Laos and Khmer cuisine
• Northern Thai cuisine of the verdant valleys and cool Thai highlands
• Southern Thai cuisine of the Kra Isthmus, which is surrounded on two sides by tropical sea
Visa: Indian nationals can obtain a visa on arrival in Thailand for a period of exceeding not more than 14 days by paying a fee of 1000 baht. Visitors are required to hold onward or return flight tickets along with evidence of funds of at least 10,000 baht per person to cover their stay.
However, Indians can also apply for single or multiple tourism visas from Thai Embassy or Consulate by paying requisite fees and submitting required documents along with two photographs (white background). For more details about these, please click on the link http://www.vfs-thailand.co.in/
Flights: Thailand’s capital Bangkok is connected by direct flights to more or less all Indian major cities – New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad. Bangkok is also connected to almost capitals of all major countries in the world.