Thailand

Thailand Overview

Thailand is officially know as the Kingdom of Thailand a country in Southeast Asia with coasts on the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. It borders Myanmar (Burma) to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Cambodia to the southeast and Malaysia to the south.

Thailand is the only nation in Southeast Asia that has never been ruled by a Western power. The Thai people date their history from A.D. 1238, when the Sukhothai Kingdom was founded in what is now Thailand. For most of its history, the country was called Siam. In 1939, it officially adopted the name Thailand.

Thailand is the country in Southeast Asia most visited by tourists, and for good reason. You can find almost anything here: thick jungle as green as can be, crystal blue waters that feel more like a warm bath than a swim in the ocean, and food that can curl your nose hairs while tap dancing across your taste buds. There is something for every interest and every price bracket, from beach front backpacker bungalows to some of the best luxury hotels in the world. And despite the heavy flow of tourism, Thailand retains its quintessential Thai-ness, with a culture and history all its own and a carefree people famed for their smiles and their fun-seeking sanuk lifestyle. Many travelers come to Thailand and extend their stay well beyond their original plans and others never find a reason to leave. Whatever your cup of tea, they know how to make it in Thailand.

With great food, a tropical climate, fascinating culture and great beaches, Thailand is a magnet for travellers the world over

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Bangkok
POPULATION: 65.4 million
LANGUAGE: Thai, English
CURRENCY: Baht
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: TH
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +66
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +7

TRAVEL WARNING

We advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla on the Thai-Malaysia border. On 21 September 2012 a bomb exploded in the Sai Buri district of Pattani causing a number of deaths and injuries.

We advise against all travel to the Preah Vihear (Khaoi Pra Viharn in Thai) temple area and the Ta Krabey/Ta Moan temple area located on the Thai-Cambodian border due to the presence of troops in the area and the risk of outbreaks of fighting. Remain alert to the local situation when travelling in other border regions and at land crossings between Thailand and Cambodia. You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. See Travel Insurance.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.gov.uk/fco