Published On: Fri, Mar 7th, 2014

Thailand

Thailand

BASIC

  •  Population (2010 est.): 67,041,000
  • Capital: Bangkok
  • Main cities: Nonthaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Khon Kaen
  • Currency: Thai baht (Bt) = 100 satang. Major credit cards accepted; US dollar travellers’cheques recommended.
  • Time: GMT +7
  • Driving: traffic drives on the left.
  • Public holidays (2013): include January 1; February 25; April 6, 13; May 1, 5, 25; July 1, 22; August 12; October 23; December 5, 10, 31
  • Language: Thai Religion: Buddhist
  • International dialling code: 00 66

GETTING THERE

 Major gateway:

  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
  • Typical fl ying time fromUK: 12h

Ports:

  • laem Chabang
  • Khlong Toei

CLIMATE

Thailand’s climate is tropical. The best conditions are between november and february, when it’s warm, sunny and dry with a temperature of 24-27C, though with cooler evenings in Chiang mai and the hills of the north. Both temperatures and humidity increase significantly between march and may (28-33C). The rainy season in Thailand is from June to september (27-30C)

ACCOMMODATION

Varies widely, from luxury international hotels to familystyle establishments, bungalow complexes, guesthouses,
apartments, villas, houseboats, hostels, motels and Chinese-style inns/hotels

MAJOR EVENTS

  • Chiang mai flower festival (february)
  • Thai and international Kite festival, hua hin (march)
  • songkran festival, throughout the country (april)
  • yasothon Bun Bangfai rocket festival, north east (may)
  • Phuket Vegetarian festival (october)
  • loi Krathong festival (november)
  • Elephant round-up festival, surin (november)

TOP ATTRACTIONS

  • Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the emerald Buddha), Bangkok
  • Floating market (damnoen saduak), ratchaburi
  • Klong (canal) tour in Bangkok by longtail boat
  • National museum, Bangkok
  • Ayutthaya, ancient capital
  • Traditional Thai dance shows

WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK

Thai food is a mix of Chinese, indian, italian, Japanese cuisines: noodles, red and green curries, sweet and sour  dishes and spices. singha Chang Beer is the local brew

  • WHAT TO BUY

Silk, cotton, silver, bronze, pewter, lacquerware, orchids, precious stones, jewellery,folk handicrafts, fashion