The Kingdom of Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia,
making it a natural gateway to Indochina, Myanmar and Southern China.
Its shape and geography divide into four natural regions: the mountains
and forests of the North; the vast rice fields of the Central Plains;
the semi-arid farm lands of the Northeast plateau; and the tropical
islands and long coastline of the peninsula South.
The country comprises 76 provinces that are further divided into
districts, sub-districts and villages. Bangkok is the capital city and
centre of political, com- mercial, industrial and cultural activities.
It is also the seat of Thailandís revered Royal Family, with His Majesty
the King recognised as Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, Upholder
of the Buddhist religion and Upholder of all religions.
Thailand is a constitutional monarchy with His Majesty King Bhumibol
Adulyadej, or King Rama IX, the ninth king of the Chakri Dynasty, the
present king. The King has reigned for more than half a century, making
him the longest-reigning Thai monarch. Thailand embraces a rich
diversity of cultures and traditions. With its proud history, tropical
climate and renowned hospitality the Kingdom is a never-ending source of
fascination and pleasure for international visitors
Time:+1.5 hrs (IST)
Currency: Thai Bhat
Clothing: The days are generally warm, thus light cotton clothes
are worn. But as evenings gets cooler, blazers and sweater are required.
Hidden in this are the fierce rhinos, lions, cheetahs and Bengal tigers.
Zebras, monkeys, jackals, hippos, bears, and many other animals frolic
and play about.
Have fun on the numerous rides, enjoy exciting shows, at its four lands
of dreams, namely Dream World Plaza, Dream Garden, Fantasy Land and
Thailand's allure is pure Oriental fantasy a dream world of royal
palaces with delicately peaked roofs, glittering temples that pierce the
skyline, and serene images of the Buddha radiating peace and divine
Places to visit :
Bangkok is one of the world's most exciting cities. Visit the
magnificent temples, palaces and museums. Cool out in the parks. Savour
the lively nightlife. Plunge into the shops. Gorge on the wonderful Thai
cuisine. Take a trip down the Chao Phraya River, the enchanting 'River
Founded in 1782, Bangkok is a young city that constantly changes,
constantly fascinates. The Thais call it Krungthep, the city of angels.
Visitors just call it one of the great experiences.
Surrounded by gilded gods, golden spires, and ritual objects of every
size and description, the Emerald Buddha looms over the central chamber,
seated on his own elaborately tiered gilt mountain, with a delicate
spiked parasol of gold above his head. The Buddha's flesh glimmers like
moonlight, twinkles like a star in the shadows. There is real magic,
real power here that the incredible agglomeration of art and
architecture in the rest of the wat somehow misses. Sometimes, less is
Samui - The name literally means "city of the good people" and is
the former seat of the Sivichaya Empire. It is the largest and most
important province of the South, located 644 kms. from Bangkok. It
occupies an area of 12,891.5 square kilometers bordering on Chumphon and
the Gulf of Thailand to the north, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Krabi to the
south, Phangnga and Ranong to the west and the Gulf of Thailand and
Nakhon Si Thammarat to the east.
Phuket - 'Pearl of the South' and Thailand's largest island lies
in the Andaman Sea off the country's south-western coast. The island is
connected to the Thai mainland by a bridge, but has retained a distinct
culture fused from Chinese and Portuguese influences combining with the
culture of the chao naam, the indigenous sea-faring people. About 35% of
the island's population are Thai Muslims.
The island is blessed with magnificent bays, powdery, palm-fringed white
beaches, sparkling island-dotted seas, sincerely hospitable people,
comfortable accommodation, superb seafood, tropically vegetated
mountains, lovely waterfalls and parks, and delightful
turn-of-the-century Indo/Portuguese and Chinese-influenced architecture
which create an enchanting ambiance. The main resorts include Patong,
Karon and Kata, but better beaches are scattered all around the island.
The Land of Beauty, warm hospitality and good manners, the land of
fascinating, mist - shrouded mountain scenery and fertile valleys, the
land of religion with nearly 1,100 Buddhist temples and the land of Thai
art these are some and handicrafts .
These are some attractions you can find in Chiang Mai, an old city of
700 years which still retains its natural charm and old culture .if you
can have a chance to visit this paradise on earth, you will understand
why people call it " The Rose of the North".
Chiang Mai is Thailand's principal northern city and is the provincial
capital of a largely mountainous province, also called Chiang Mai, which
is some 20,000 square kilometres in area. Many lowland Thais regard
Chiang Mai city and province as being something of a national
Shangri-la, thanks to its beautiful women, distinctive festivals,
historic temples dating from the 1300s, arresting scenic beauty,
temperate fruits such as apples peaches and strawberries, and a crisp,
invigorating cool season climate.
The people of Chiang Mai enjoy one of the most distinctive cultural
identities in the whole of Thailand. Largely farmers and artisans, they
have their own lilting dialect, their own customs, their own festivals,
their own architectural traditions, their own indigenous handicrafts,
their own dances and their own distinctive cuisine. Hill tribes also
lend a great deal of character and colour to the crisply beautiful