THAILAND-



Thailand: Thailand is located in the center of mainland South East Asia. It is bound by the Andaman Sea to the west, Myanmar to the west and northwest, Laos to the east and northeast, Cambodia to the east as well as Malaysia and the Gulf of Thailand to the south.


Climate: Thailand's climate is tropical, high both in temperature and humidity, and dominated by monsoons. April and May are the hottest months of the year, when even the locals are moved to complain about the heat. June sees the beginning of the South West Monsoon, and brings with it the rainy season, which continues intermittently until the end of October.

From November to the end of February the climate is much less trying with a cooling North East breeze and a reduction in the humidity level. This is also the main tourist season, and the best time to visit Thailand.

The north and north-east are generally cooler than Bangkok in winter, and hotter in summer. In the far north, around Mae Hong Son temperatures can occasionally drop as low as 2oC.

Seasons

    November thru February - Dry, "Cool" Season - Winds are predominantly from the north when this season starts. Daytime high temperatures are between 30-35 C (85-95 F), humidity between 50% - 60%. Every day is a sunny day. The ground will still be saturated in many places in November due to the previous rainy season. This is the season to travel around Thailand.

    March thru June - Hot Season - Travellers unaccustomed to the heat should not arrive in this period. Even the Thais have problems in the hottest spells. Temperatures can soar to 40 C (105 F) on the hottest days, and at night the humidity rises. Sometime between late June to late July, evening downpours start to come.

    July thru October - Rainy Season - By "rainy", we are talking about evening downpours. It rarely rains for more than an hour at a time. The mornings are usually sunny, but a thunderstorm or two can come towards the late afternoon or at night. This usually starts in late July or August, but by September there is a thunderstorm on most days, often resulting in flooded streets but cooler nighttime temperatures. Because Bangkok is flat, you rarely find any place with more than a foot of water, and it usually drains away ... slowly ... in a few hours. By late September and October, the major rivers are high and there is sometimes permanent flooding along the river, sometimes quite deep. There is a massive investment in pumps to manage the problem, but sandbagging of economically valuable areas and flooding of adjacent areas is not uncommon. This season usually ends abruptly in late October when the winds suddenly change to the north.

 

Official language(s) : Thai

 

Information You should know !

 

As tourist, there are various culture and practices that we must observe and respect, things we need to know while in Thailand. Here are some we have observe and had known during our wonderful stay in Thailand.

Respect for the Royal Family – During our wonderful stay in Thailand we noted that the Thai people have the utmost respect for the Royal Family. Criticizing the Royal Family in any way deeply offends the Thais, and, in addition, it is a criminal offense called ‘lese majeste’

Placing portraits of the Royal Family in an appropriately high place in offices or homes, as a gesture of respect, will be appreciated by Thais.


Religious Places – Other things to carefully observe is when entering a religious place in Thailand: Some special section in Thai law concerning religious offenses. These cover Buddhism and other faiths represented in the kingdom. Here are some worth knowing before visiting Thailand:

  • Dress politely; don’t go shirtless or wear immodest attire.
  • Don’t wear shoes inside the chapel of any Buddhist temple.
  • Buddhist monks are forbidden to touch or be touched by a woman.
  • All Buddha images, large or small, ruined or not are regarded as sacred objects.
  • In a mosque, men should wear hats, while women should wear slacks or long skirts, a long-sleeved blouse buttoned to the neck, and a scarf over the hair.

And one thing so common, shoes should be removed before entering.



In greeting, Thais will say Sawadee Krap if a male or Sawadee Kha if female simultaneously with the wai. This is what they also use when saying goodbye.

When saying ‘thank you’ they will sometimes perform the wai with or without saying Kob Khun. The younger, or the lower-ranking person, should be the one to make the wai first.


Other Dos and Don’ts

  • Thais believe the head is the most sacred part of the body. Thus, refrain from touching the head.
  • The feet are considered the lowest part of the body; don’t rest your feet, or put your shoes, on a table and don’t point your feet to anyone’s direction.
  • Thais have their highest regard about their religion, so don’t wear immodest attire at a temple, don’t climb Buddha images, and always remove your shoes before entering a temple.
  • Displays of affection between sexes in public places are a no-no. Don’t sunbathe topless.
  • Thais are quite respectful of Westerners and some may try their English on you. Don’t be offended by questions about your age, salary and marital status; they don’t mean to be intrusive.
  • “Sanuk” is a Thai word describing every thing that is fun, enjoyable and gives pleasure. This is often combined with the phrase ‘mai pen rai’ (never mind).
  • Keep your voice at a moderate level always. Never shout or speak loudly as Thais are usually very quiet, polite people and they regard a loud voice as ill-mannered.

 



Money

One of the worst things about going to a new country is getting used to the notes and coins. If you are not familiar with the currency you can make mistakes paying for things. Although these mistakes probably won't cost you the earth, they can be a bit frustrating and sometimes take the edge off your experience. 

Spend a few minutes getting familiar with the notes and coins of the Thai currency before you arrive in Thailand : 

1,000-Baht


500-Baht

100-Baht

50-Baht

20-Baht

Coins: .25 stang .50 stang  1 Baht 2 Baht 5 Baht 10 Baht


CLOTHING

What to Wear
For the Western visitor there is no such thing as "cool". Just cooler than "hot" and "drier than humid", so light cotton clothing is the order of the day. Don't worry about bringing too much clothing with you, as almost everything can be purchased locally, at a fraction of the price you will pay at home. Do remember that the tropical sun can be quite fierce so a hat is useful, and don't forget to use a good sun screen.

COMMUNICATIONs

Thailand communications system has linked with almost parts of the world. Barring a few islands and remote areas, the country enjoys brilliant connectivity, especially in and around the prominent cities, provinces and towns and tourist spots.

Telephone network in Thailand:

Thailand consists of a high quality telephone system in most of the urban areas like Bangkok, Phuket, and Pattaya and so on. There are commercial as well as government service providers both for fixed lines and wireless service. There is a rapid increase in the wireless services compared to the fixed services. There are numerous privately operated fax and telephone service centers throughout the country. 

Among the Fixed Line Operators there are three major firms namely: TOT, TT&T and True, while mobile operation is mainly done by DTAC, AIS, True Move. To out to other countries, you can use the number 001, 008 or 009+country code+phone number. The International country code of Thailand is +66

Internet services in Thailand:

Internet cafes can be found easily in Thailand with the average charge around 4 baht per minute. Those who are using laptops can also buy temporary internet access accounts from the countries ISP’s. Some of them are TOT and KSC, Loxinfo and so on. From a survey in the year 2007, there are around 8,465,800 users of internet in the country. 

Other facts of Thailand Communication network:

  • Radio broadcast stations include AM: 204 and FM: 334.
  • There are a total of 6 free to air television broadcasting stations in Thailand.
  • Total Radios: 13.96 million are in use (1997)
  • Total Televisions: 35.5 million in use

The communication system in Thailand helps the country stay in touch always with the rest of the world. 

ELECTRICITY

The electricity in Thailand is 220 volts, 50 cycles/sec. (If you have 110 Volt appliances, see the bottom of this page.)




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Pictures of Thailand

Bangkok (Transportations)
Suvarnabhumi Airport
Suvarnabhumi Airport
Airport Link
BTS (Skytrain)
The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) ,Subway
BRT (Bangkok Rapid Transit)
BUS - TAXI
Other provinces

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