Informally known as the "Land of Smiles" Thailand is a fascinating mix of history, culture, beautiful scenery and friendly local people. It's no surprise that Thailand is South East Asia's top tourism destination with over 800,000 British nationals visiting every year. Formally known as Siam, the country has a gentle culture, a Buddhist tradition of peace and tolerance and a much revered royal family. Although tourism is important, agriculture, particularly rice growing is still the main industry and employer in Thailand.

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About Thailand

Thailand is comprised of four very different regions. The Northern region is mountainous and most heavily forested area of the country. Thailand's northern capital of Chang Mai is located here. The Northeast region constitutes approximately one third of the area of Thailand and contains the Korat Plateau which borders the Mekong River on the north and east. 

The Central region is commonly known as the "rice bowl" of Thailand as it's the most fertile area of the country and is also the most productive. The mountainous Southern region stretches all the way down to the Malaysian peninsula and is the region that separates the Andaman Sea from the Gulf of Thailand, providing Thailand with its famous beaches and tropical island resorts.

Bangkok is by far the biggest, and most visited, city and most visitors to Thailand use it as a stopover location as well as a point of entry. There are frequent flights from the UK to Thailand and a good network of local flights to other Thai and Asian destinations. 

Size: 514,000 square kilometres

Population: 64 million

Capital: Bangkok

Languages: Thai, English

Religion: 95% Buddhist, 4% Muslim, 1% Other

Land borders: Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia & Malaysia

Climate: Thailand has a tropical climate and temperatures typically range from 19 to 38°C.  The climate can be divided in to three seasons:

  • Cool -November to February
  • Hot - March to May
  • Green - June to October

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Money: Thai Baht.  ATMs are available throughout Thailand and Debit and Credit Cards are widely accepted.

Tipping: Not expected but Thailand wages are comparatively low and small tips are always welcome. Most temples have a voluntary collection box for visitors.

Formalities: Visa's are not required for British nationals staying up to 30 days. For stays over 30 days check the Thailand Embassy website for up-to-date information.

Travel advice: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office produce up-to-date information on countries around the world. This which can be checked on



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