Thailand shares a border with Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar and Malaysia. Geographically it consists of a large land mass with a narrow peninsula reaching southward. Thailand has three seasons: hot season lasting from March to May, rainy season lasting from May to October and dry season lasting from October to February. As Thailand’s climate is tropical it often sees high levels of humidity.
Thailand is a popular tourist destination, mainly due to its picturesque beaches. Tourists flock to Thailand’s beautiful islands for their white sand and relaxing atmosphere. Some of the most commonly visited islands are Phuket, Koh Samui, and Koh Tao. In addition to relaxing on the beach scuba diving, kayaking and jet skiing are other activities one can enjoy on Thailand’s coast. In addition to its beaches, Thailand is also home to bustling cities. The two most popular are Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Bangkok is the capitol of Thailand and home to the Grand Palace – a former home of the King. Bangkok is also known for its vibrant nightlife, the city boasts many rooftop bars and nightclubs. The old town of Chiang Mai is one of the most visited parts of the city. It is home to multiple temples, museums and markets. Chiang Mai is located near Lake Huay Tung Tao and national park Doi Suthep, which makes it an excellent location to visit.
Thailand is known for its spicy food, some of the most well known Thai dishes are the Pad Thai and various Thai curries. Other popular foods are the Som Tom (Papaya Salad) and Tom Kha Gai (Chicken in Coconut Soup). In Thailand you can find many street food stalls selling such dishes.
- Thailand’s capital Bangkok has the longest name for any city in the world. Shortened to Krung Thep its full name is 168 letters long
- Thailand has a constitutional monarchy. The royal family uses the Grand Palace for ceremonies and Dusit Palace as their main residence
- Up until 1939 Thailand was known as “Siam”