Guide to Thailand
Thailand Facts & Info
Thailand is a country in Asia, Southeast Asia to be exact, and it’s one of those places that you probably don’t know you need to visit. You do! Thailand is bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia. It was originally called Siam but it’s name changed in 1932. For a brief period (1946-1948) it went back to Siam and then back to Thailand. It’s official name is the Kingdom of Thailand and it’s capital is Bangkok, the largest city in Thailand. We’ll explore what to see and do in this Guide to Thailand.
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Guide to Thailand: A must see destination
Known as The Land of Smiles, Thailand has amazing beaches, good food, and nice people. Thailand has over 40,000 temples, many of them ancient and in ruins. To enter the temples you need to have your shoulders and knees covered. Throughout Thailand you’ll see three wheeled open air vehicles called Tuk-tuks. These vehicles originated in Thailand and it’s a cheap convenient way to get around. Just make sure to agree on a price before you get in.
Guide to Thailand: What you need to know
Currency: Thai Baht
Population: Around 70 million people
Voltage: Thailand’s voltage is 220V
Bangkok: It is the world’s hottest city
Siamese Twins: Yep, the term came from Thailand where the first documented case of Siamese Twins was in the early 1800’s. Today we use the term conjoined twins
Religion: 90% of Thailand’s population practice Buddhism
Much of Thailand is warm all year long although it can get cool/cold in the North where it’s more mountainous. From March through June, Thailand is extremely hot and humid. It can be pretty stifling. It does get slightly cooler between November to February. There is a monsoon season that runs between June through October. The months that it’s extremely hot and during the monsoon season will be cheaper to travel in Thailand, although it’s already pretty cheap to begin with. So, if you think you can withstand the heat and humidity and don’t mind the rain, you might find a pretty good deal.
Most people can find international flights into Bangkok from just about anywhere. Bangkok has 2 international aiports, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang. If you’re in one of the surrounding countries and want to travel over land there are plenty of options to travel by bus or even hiring a private driver.
Thailand is very affordable and your money will go far. Hotels are reasonable and you can find nice hotels for as low as $25 a night. If you are willing to stay in a hostel and don’t mind sharing a room and bathroom with others, they average about $10 a night. Food is also inexpensive. Bottom line, a trip to Thailand will fit anyone’s budget. Read more about Thailand below in our Thailand Travel Guides.
No need to rent a car in Thailand as public transportation is very affordable. The most popular way to get around is by Tuk-Tuk. A Tuk-Tuk is a 3 wheeled open air vehicle that is covered and sits 2-3 people. You can also hail a cab, travel by train/subway in Bangkok, and bus. Driving is chaotic so it’s best to avoid renting a car.
There are hotels throughout Bangkok as well as other cities. Most of the sites in cities are centrally located so figure out what you want to do and then look for a hotel near by to minimize your time getting to and from those sites.
If you have time, spend 3-4 weeks in Thailand. I would spend 3-4 days in Bangkok, 5 days in Chiang Mai, a week in Phuket, and then another few days in other places such as Ayutthaya and Chiang Rai. There are plenty of other places to see too. Some can be done as a day trip out of Bangkok so you might want to stay there longer. If you only have 2 weeks or less, I would say 3 days in Bangkok, 3 days in Chiang Mai, and 5 days in Phuket. Explore more below in our Guide to Thailand.
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