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Thailand - tourist guide for holidays

Thailand is a country which is worth your visit. It is full of natural wonders and historical monuments so you can surely spend here a nice time. Thailand is a country you can visit on your own - or you can choose one of organized trips with a travel agency as well. Here you can find useful information about traveling in this country: prices, accommodation, itineraries, statistics and more.

Thailand - the best places to see

Thailand Thailand is quite a small country. Though it is not easy to choose the best places for your visit, because we don't want to forget the others. But we are trying to choose:
  • Bangkok (Wat Arun temple + Grand Palace + Ancient City open air museum + modern center)
  • Chiang Mai (Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple + elephant camps + butterfly farms)
  • Phuket island with beautiful beaches
  • Ko Samui - island with beautiful beaches
  • historical city of Ayutthaya (old capital of Thailand)
  • Chiang Rai (gateway to the Golden Triangle + tribe with long necks)
  • historical city of Sukhothai (Thailand's first capital)
  • bridge over the river Quai

Thailand - useful information

Religion:
~ Buddhist: 94 %
~ Muslim: 4 %
~ Christian: 1 %
~ unspecified: 1 %
Religion - Thailand
Thailand: flagCapital: Bangkok
Area: 514,000 km2
Number of inhabitants: 66,720,000
Currency: Baht, THB, ฿
Language: Thai
Time zone: GMT+7 (GMT = London)
International telephone dial code: +66
Mobile phones system: CDMA 800, GSM 900/1800/1900
System of measurement: metric
Common languages: English in tourist places
Serious travel risk: malaria in some areas
Voltage in electric network: 220 V
Electric plug:
Electric plug - Thailand

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Thailand - the map and typical itinerary

Thailand - map
Itinerary 1: Bangkok (Wat Arun temple + Grand Palace + Ancient City open air museum + modern center) + day trip - historical city of Ayutthaya (old capital of Thailand) + day trip - bridge over the river Quai - days: 4, Phuket island with beautiful beaches - relaxation at sea - days: 4, Bangkok (Wat Arun temple + Grand Palace + Ancient City open air museum + modern center)
Itinerary 2: Bangkok (Wat Arun temple + Grand Palace + Ancient City open air museum + modern center) - days: 1, -> historical city of Ayutthaya (old capital of Thailand) -> historical city of Sukhothai (Thailand's first capital) -> Chiang Mai (Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple + elephant camps + butterfly farms) - trekking - days: 5, Chiang Rai (gateway to the Golden Triangle + tribe with long necks) - days: 3, Ko Samui - island with beautiful beaches - relaxation at sea - days: 5, Bangkok (Wat Arun temple + Grand Palace + Ancient City open air museum + modern center)
Itinerary 3: any combination of the previous itineraries

Prices of rooms and meals

Prices symbol
  • Cheap accommodation: $8
  • Medium accommodation: $30
  • Expensive accommodation: $70
  • Cheap meal: $3
  • Medium meal: $8
  • Expensive meal: $25
The prices are per 1 person (and 1 meal or 1 night) and are in US Dollars.
It is often possible to buy cheap meal on streets or in fast-food restaurants. Medium priced meal is usually available in standard restaurants, expensive meal in expensive restaurants. We do not include extreme prices of accommodation and food (for example luxurious apartments in high quality hotels). (Prices are usually very different in different places and in different seasons. In the main season may be in touristic destinations the cheapest rooms unavailable.)

Thailand on the Internet

Are you looking for more information? On the Internet there are a lot of information. Here are some advices: Thailand may have different names in different languages. For example Thajsko, Thailand, La Thaïlande, Tailandia. Use these names in search engines. It is good idea to precisely specify what are you looking for. If you need information about a place, use the name in a search engine. You may use other names of the place as well. If you need - for example - an information about history of the place, add the word history to the search engine.

What Others say

The Kingdom of Thailand (Thai: ราชอาณาจักรไทย) is a country in Southeast Asia. To its east lie Laos and Cambodia; to its south, the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia; and to its west, the Andaman Sea and Burma. Its capital and largest city is Bangkok. The country's official name was Siam (Thai: สยาม, RTGS: Sayam origin unknown) until 23 June 1939, when it was changed to Thailand; it was renamed Siam between 1945 and 11 May 1949, after which the name Thailand was once again adopted. The word Thai (ไทย) is not, as commonly believed to be, derived from the word Tai (ไท) meaning "free" in the Thai language; it is, however, the name of an ethnic group from the central plains (the Thai people).[citation needed] A famous Thai scholar argued that Tai (ไท) simply means "people" or "human being" since his investigation shows that in some rural areas the word "Tai" was used instead of the usual Thai word "khon" (คน) for people. With that in mind the locals seemed to have also accepted the alternative meaning and will verbally state that it means "Land of the free". Ratcha Anachak Thai means "Kingdom of Thailand" or "Kingdom of Thai". Etymologically, its components are: -Ratcha- (from Sanskrit raja, meaning "king, royal, realm", from Sanskrit) ; -ana- (from Pāli, "authority, command, power", itself from Sanskrit ājñā, same meaning) -chak (from Sanskrit chakra, meaning "wheel", a symbol of power and rule). The region known today as Thailand has been inhabited by humans since the paleolithic period (about 10,000 years ago). Prior to the fall of the Khmer Empire in the 13th century, various states thrived there, such as the various Tai, Mon, Khmer and Malay kingdoms, as seen through the numerous archaeological sites and artifacts that are scattered throughout the Siamese landscape. Prior to the 12th century however, the first Thai or Siamese state is traditionally considered to be the Buddhist kingdom of Sukhothai, which was founded in 1238.
Wikipedia

A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US ally following the conflict. Thailand is currently facing separatist violence in its southern ethnic Malay-Muslim provinces.
CIA The World Factbook
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