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Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and is the only Southeast Asian nation never to have been colonized by European powers. A unified Thai kingdom has existed since the mid-14th century, and Thailand was known as Siam until 1939 when it officially became the Kingdom of Thailand. Thailand’s largest peak is Doi Inthanon, standing 2,565 meters (8,415 ft) tall and its coastline is 3,219 km’s long. Thailand’s longest shared border is with Myanmar (former Burma), stretching 1,800 km’s.

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Total area: 513,120 km² (198,115 sq. miles)

Population: 66,720,153
(2010 census)

 

 

 

 


General

 

Formerly known as Siam, Thailand is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, to the east by Laos and Cambodia and to its west lies the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India in the Andaman Sea to the southwest.

Thailand is the world's 51st-largest country in terms of total area (slightly smaller than Yemen and slightly larger than Spain) and is the 20th-most-populous country. The capital and largest city is Bangkok, which is Thailand's political, commercial, industrial and cultural centre. About 75% of the population is ethnically Thai, 14% is of Chinese origin, and 3% is ethnically Malay; the rest belong to minority groups including Mons, Khmers and various hill tribes. The country's official language is Thai. The primary religion is Buddhism, which is practiced by around 95% of the population.

 

Thailand is presently a newly industrialized country and a major exporter. Tourism also contributes significantly to the Thai economy, as the country is home to a number of well-known tourist destinations, including Ayutthaya, Pattaya, Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin and Ko Samui. There are approximately 5.2 million legal and illegal migrants in Thailand and the country has also attracted a number of expatriates from developed countries.

 

Sources: sawadee, wikipedia, wikitravel

 

Weather

Thailand's climatic behavior is largely controlled by tropical monsoons; the weather in Thailand is generally hot and humid across most of the country throughout most of the year. While Thailand’s seasons are generally divided into the hot, cool and rainy seasons, in reality it’s relatively the hot season being the most predominant during the year. The weather in central, northern, and northeastern Thailand (the landlocked provinces) is determined by all three seasons, whereas the southern, coastal regions of Thailand feature only two (hot and dry), making the weather in Thailand quite easy to understand and better to plan a round trip of the country.

In Thailand’s inland provinces the seasons are clearly defined: Between November and May the weather is mostly dry and the cool season and hot season occur from November to February and March to May respectively. The other inland season, the rainy season, lasts from May to November and is dominated by the southwest monsoon, during which time rainfall in most of Thailand is at its heaviest.  

The Southern, coastal region of Thailand really has the characteristics of both a rainy and a dry season. Fortunately, for those planning a beach holiday, Thailand’s two coasts have slightly different rainy seasons, allowing visitors to find sunny beaches nearly year round. The southern region of Thailand features glorious sunshine without unbearable heat, beginning in late November and continuing onto April or May.

On the Andaman or West coast, where Phuket, Krabi, and the Phi Phi Islands lie, the southwest monsoon brings heavy storms from April to October, while on the Gulf of Thailand or east coast, where Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao lie, the most rain falls between September and December. 

Cool Season (November - February)

The weather in Thailand around the central, northern, and northeastern regions is mostly cool and dry between November and February, consequently these are the most popular months to visit Thailand.  Considering its location in the tropics however, Thai climate is quite warm most of the year and genuinely “cool” weather really only occurs in the northern mountains, while areas like Bangkok and Ayutthaya receive perhaps only two or three weeks of “cool” weather in late December or early January.

Hot Season (March - June)

The weather in Thailand classified as the hot season lasts from March to June when higher relative temperatures and occasional rain are the norm.  Around the inland areas, including Bangkok and Ayutthaya, this often means punishing heat and high humidity.  The temperatures in the hot season begin climbing in February and by April the unrelenting heat makes many residents eager for the upcoming rains, which begin sporadically falling around mid-April.  This is traditionally the least popular season for travelers to visit, although the weather in Thailand is still quite nice along Thailand’s coasts.

Rainy Season (July - October)

The rainy season lasts from July to October and is dominated by the southwest monsoon, during which time rainfall (in most parts of Thailand), is at its heaviest.  However, like the “cool” season, the name “rainy season” is slightly misleading.  While it certainly does rain during this season it’s more likely to consist of flash-flood afternoon downpours than a continual drizzle for days.  If you can bear the heat and humidity, the weather in Thailand is typically sunny throughout the rainy season, but when the rain comes, it’s fast and it’s furious.

Fortunately for beach lovers, Thailand’s two coasts have slightly different rainy seasons, allowing visitors to find sunny beaches nearly year round. On the Andaman or west coast, where Phuket, Krabi, and the Phi Phi Islands lie, the southwest monsoon brings heavy storms from April to October, while on the Gulf of Thailand or east coast, where Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao lie, the most rain falls between September and December.  While the monsoon on the west coast brings a fairly steady season of continual rain that forces businesses outside the major tourist destinations to shut their doors for the season, the east coast storms are more similar to the north’s, generally sunny days with occasionally heavy downpours.

Overall, the southern parts of Thailand, particularly the Andaman Coast, get the most rain: around 2,400 millimeters every year, compared with the central and northern regions of Thailand, both of which get around 1,400 millimeters.

Clothing in Thailand for Beginners

Selecting appropriate clothing for visiting Thailand depends on the season and your itinerary, including your intended activities.  However, while shorts, sleeveless t-shirts, and sandals would seem most practical, Thailand has somewhat conservative dressing standards and Thais tend to look disapprovingly on those too casually dressed, particularly for those intending to visit temples or establishments catering to well-to-do Thai clientele, both of which are unlikely to allow you entry if you are dressed in such a manner. That said, streets do flood during the rainy season, and temples and even some Thai businesses expect you to remove your shoes before entering.  So sandals are quite practical.
 
Loose fitting, lightweight clothing that breathes well and dries quickly is your best bet for “rainy” season garb, and a poncho and/or travel umbrella is also highly recommended gear. Also do remember in bringing a hat to protect you from the sun, as it is a good bet year round; one that would protect against sun and rain, would probably be even better!

Sources: Wikitravel, Thailandlife

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Economy

Thailand is an emerging economy and considered as a newly industrialized country, which is heavily export-dependent, with exports accounting for more than two thirds of its gross domestic product (GDP). The exchange rate of the local currency Baht, was Baht 30.90/USD as of 26 April 2012. Thailand exports an increasing value of over $105 billion worth of goods and services annually. Major exports include rice, fishery products, footwear and textiles, rubber, jewellery, computers, electrical appliances and cars. Thailand ranks high among the world's automotive export industries along with manufacturing of electronic goods. As rice is the most important crop in the country, Thailand is the world's No1 exporter of rice, exporting more than 6.5 million tons of milled rice annually. Thailand has the highest percentage of arable land, 27.25%, of any nation in the Greater Mekong Subregion. About 55% of the arable land area in Thailand is used for rice production. 49% of Thailand's labor force is employed in agriculture. Agriculture has been experiencing a transition from labour intensive and transitional methods into a more industrialised and competitive sector. However, the relative contribution of agriculture to GDP has declined while exports of goods and services have increased.

 

Thailand has a GDP worth US$602 billion (on a purchasing power parity -PPP- basis). This classifies Thailand as the 2nd largest economy in Southeast Asia after Indonesia. Despite this, Thailand ranks midway in the wealth spread in Southeast Asia as it is the 4th richest nation according to GDP per capita, after Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia.

 

Tourism in Thailand is also one of its substantial industries, which makes up about 6% of the economy and a side effect bringing in additional income to the country, is prostitution; sex tourism in Thailand is a de facto part of the local economy. Cultural milieu combined with poverty and the lure of money have caused prostitution and sex tourism in particular to flourish in Thailand. One estimate published in 2003 placed the trade at US$4.3 billion per year or about 3% of the Thai economy.  It is believed that at least 10% of tourist dollars are spent on the sex trade.

It has to also be mentioned that Thailand functions as an anchor economy for the neighboring developing economies of Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar (Burma). Thailand's recovery from the 1997–1998 Asian financial crisis depended mainly on exports, among various other factors.

 

As of December 2011, the unemployment rate in Thailand stands at 0.4%

 

Sources: tourismthailand.org, wikipedia

 

Tourism

According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, 55% of the tourists in 2007 came from the Asia Pacific region, Japanese and Malaysians forming the two biggest groups. The largest groups of Western tourists come from the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, the United States and Scandinavia. The number of tourists arriving from the Middle East and Russia is on the rise. Around 55% of Thailand's tourists are return visitors. The peak period is during the Christmas and New Year holidays when Western tourists flee the cold conditions.
In 2011, 1.7 million Chinese visitors traveled to Thailand. It is anticipated that the number for 2012 should reach 2 million and generate approximately 50 billion baht revenue.

Asian tourists primarily visit Thailand for Bangkok and the historical, natural and cultural sights in its vicinity. Western tourists not only visit Bangkok and surroundings but in addition many travel down to the southern beaches and islands. The North is the main region for trekking and adventure travel with its diverse ethnic minority groups and forested mountains. The region receiving less tourists is Isan in the north-east. To facilitate foreign visitors, the Thai government established a separate tourism police with offices in the major tourist areas and its own central emergency telephone number.

 

In 2008, Bangkok ranked 3rd behind London and New York in Euromonitor International's list of "Top City Destinations" with 10,209,900 visitors, Pattaya 23rd with 4,406,300 visitors, Phuket 31st with 3,344,700 visitors, and Chiang Mai ranked 78th place with 1,604,600 visitors.

 

In 2008, Bangkok ranked 3rd behind London and New York in Euromonitor International's list of "Top City Destinations" with 10,209,900 visitors, Pattaya 23rd with 4,406,300 visitors, Phuket 31st with 3,344,700 visitors, and Chiang Mai ranked 78th place with 1,604,600 visitors.


The International tourist number of arrivals in Thailand was 19,098,323 in 2011 up 19.84%, compared to 2010’s 15,936,400 (Wikipedia).

The nationalities of visitors to Thailand vary greatly, but the top 15 countries by number of arrivals providing tourists to Thailand in 2011 (in Millions) were:

1.    ASEAN Countries          5.53
2.    Malaysia                          2.47
3.    China                              1.76
4.    Japan                              1.13
5.    Russia                            1.01
6.    South Korea                  1.01
7.    India                                0.92
8.    Laos                                0.89
9.    Australia                         0.85
10.  UK                                   0.84
11.  USA                                 0.68
12.  Singapore                      0.67
13.  Germany                        0.60
14.  Vietnam                          0.49
15.  France                            0.51


(2011 Top Overseas Markets for Tourism in Thailand. Source: Wikipedia & Thailand’s Department of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism and sports)

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Thailand offers a great variety of attractions. These include diving sites, sandy beaches, hundreds of tropical islands, varied night-life, archaeological sites, museums, hill tribes, exceptional flora and bird life, palaces, a huge amount of Buddhist temples and several World Heritage sites. Many tourists follow courses during their stay in Thailand, such as popular classes in the areas of Thai cooking, Buddhism and traditional Thai massage techniques. Thai national festivals range from the fun-for-all water splashing Songkran to the almost fairytale like quality of Loy Krathong. Many localities in Thailand also have their own festivals. Famous are the "Elephant Round-up" in Surin, the "Rocket Festival" in Yasothon and the curious "Phi Ta Khon" festival in Dan Sai.


Thai cuisine has become deservedly famous worldwide with its enthusiastic use of fresh herbs and spices. From an inexpensive plate of delicious Som tam at a simple street stall upcountry to a modern take on Thai cuisine in the gourmet restaurants of Bangkok, it's very difficult not to eat well in Thailand.

 

If you are to be visiting the North of the country and your hotel is in a central location, we and our associates may arrange to have it delivered and later on picked up for free. If on the other hand your travel plan is in taking a northern route to the hill tribes of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, then a car rental arrangement featuring a jeep or an all-time 4x4 vehicle could be arranged.

 

A lot of our customers choose to Fly Drive from Bangkok's International Suvarnabhumi Airport, and with the aid of one of our Sat Nav systems available (early order is recommended) in our hire cars. Growing numbers of overseas visitors fly into either Bangkok or Phuket and then drive their hire car to one of the many Thai resorts, such as Hua Hin, Krabi, Koh Samet, Koh Samui, Rayong, and Pattaya. Pickup your economy car rental from MisterHire.Com at Bangkok airport and head south, stopping off at the beautiful charming resort of Hua Hin for a couple of days. Then, perhaps, onward to glitzy and expensive Phuket. Phuket is famous for its beauty and the small surrounding islands with splendid beaches. Phuket is directly connected to the mainland and it will be very helpful for visitors to Patong Beach to visit the different beaches and for evening shopping trips.

 

Likewise, due to the popularity of Koh Samui island, a new terminal has been opened at Koh Samui's (USM) airport, to cater for the ever growing passenger numbers. If you plan to be arriving out of office hours at Koh Samui’s Na Thon Airport, we could arrange for a meet and greet service with our local associates, or a direct delivery to your hotel or condo, so you may take delivery of your hire car on a spot of convenience. Ferry stations are also a possibility for a meet and greet car rental service, if you are to be arriving from one of the islands.

 

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Speed limits in Thailand

Please remember that Driving in Thailand is conducted on the Left Hand side of the Road.

Generally speaking, speed limits in Thailand are:


•    Town and city  :  50-60 km/h  (30-36 mph)
•    Open Roads   :  90 km/h  (56 mph)
•    Motorways      :  90-120 km/h (56-75 mph)


Try not to go above the minimum limits indicated as per above info. Legally speaking, the police have every right to cite anyone driving faster than 90km/h (56 mph).  If you’d like to take risks, sometimes they may allow limits to be pushed from100 to 120km/h (62-75 mph), but even those “flexible” limits would be pushing it, as far as local police patience is concerned.


Alcohol Limits

Alcohol intake limits in Thailand (Blood-alcohol) is 0.5 mg.


Sources: AngloInfo Bangkok, ThaiVisa

 

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