Thailand

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited is the national air carrier of Thailand, operating out of Suvarnabhumi Airport, and is a founding member of the Star Alliance network. It has its head office in Chatuchak, Bangkok. Thai is a major shareholder which hold 39% shares of Nok Air - a low-cost Bangkok based carrier. The airline also operates one of the longest non-stop commercial flights, including the 18 hours non-stop flight from Bangkok to Los Angeles.

The Kingdom of Thailand is an independent country that lies in the heart of Southeast Asia.

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Ayuthaya Temple Satun beach Buddhist monk

It is bordered to the north by Laos and Myanmar, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and Myanmar. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast and Indonesia and India in the Andaman Sea to the southwest. The capital and largest city of Thailand is Bangkok. It is also the country's center of political, commercial, industrial and cultural activities.

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Life at Kanchanaburi Ladies of Kanchanaburi Statue of Bhuddha at Kanchanaburi

 

Not for nothing do they call Thailand the 'land of smiles'. Thai's are one of those who are known for their hospitality and well mannered behavior. These people are very good at heart and make sure that all the people who visit their country have the best time of their life.

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The king

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) The Monarchy of Thailand (also referred to as the King of Thailand or historically as King of Siam) (Thai: พระมหากษัตริย์ไทย) refers to the constitutional monarchy and monarch of the Kingdom of Thailand (formerly Siam). The King of Thailand is the head of state and head of the ruling Royal House of Chakri. As a constitutional monarch the power of the king is limited to a symbolic figurehead, however the institution elicits huge amount of respect and reverence from the Thai people.

The current monarch of Thailand is King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). The king has reigned since 9 June 1946, making him the world’s longest reigning current monarch and the world’s longest serving head of state. Most of the king’s powers are exercised by his elected government in accordance with the constitution of the day. The king still retains many powers such as: being head of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, the prerogative of royal assent and the power of pardon. He is also the defender of the Buddhist faith, which is the national religion of Thailand. [read more...]

 

Prime Minister

Thai PMThe Prime Minister of Thailand (Thai: นายกรัฐมนตรีแห่งราชอาณาจักรไทย; RTGS: Nayok Ratthamontri Haeng Ratcha-anachak Thai) is the head of government of Thailand. The Prime Minister is also the chairman of the Cabinet of Thailand. The post has existed since the Revolution of 1932, when the country became a constitutional monarchy. The Prime Minister is appointed by a vote in the Thai House of Representatives by a simple majority, who is then officially sworn-in by the King of Thailand. The House's selection is usually based on the fact that either the prime minister is the leader of the largest political party in the lower house or the leader of the largest coalition of parties. In accordance with the constitution, the prime minister can only be appointed twice and is therefore limited to a maximum of two consecutive terms. The incumbent PM is Yingluck Shinawatra, leader of the Pheu Thai Party. She has held the position since 5 August 2011. [read more...]


Explore Thailand

Author: Teerth Thailand

Thailand is the world's 51st-largest country in terms of total area. Thailand is the most-populous country, with approximately 63 million people. About 80% of People are Thai, 10% Chinese, 3% Malay and the rest are minorities from Mons, Khmers & hill tribes. Ethnic Thais form the majority, though the area has historically been at migratory crossroads, and has thus produced a degree of ethnic diversity. More than 94% of populations are Buddhist. India, China and many other western countries are considerably influenced by Thailand’s traditions and cultures. Bangkok city can be a center for commercial, industrial, political, cultural activities. Thailand is very famous for vacation tours as there are many places to visit. Person arrives for business tour to Thailand also enjoys the weather, climate, beaches, Thai food and many places.

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Ayuthaya Chantaburi Surat

Thais are well-known for their hospitality and friendliness. Majority of over 62 million citizens of Thailand are ethnic Thai, along with strong communities whose ethnic origins lie in China, India and elsewhere. More than 7 million people reside in the capital city of Bangkok. Bangkok which is the largest city in Thailand is also Thailand’s capital city for more than two centuries. Bangkok offers pleasure, ease and a shopping experience par excellence. Excel at the arts of shopping, dining and revel in the entertainment amidst a thoroughly modern metropolitan area that preserves its traditional Oriental magnificence. For tourists, Bangkok has a feast of attractions to offers which includes 400 glittering Buddhist temples of great beauty and charm, The Grand Palace, The Giant Swing, Royal Barge National Museum, Gemopolis, traditional dance extravaganzas, numerous shopping centers and traditional ways of life. It is worth taking a trip along its waters before exploring further into different canals to take a sight of old Bangkok.

Throughout its 800-year history, Thailand can boast the distinction of being the only country in Southeast Asia which never been colonized. It is one of the most powerful Buddhist countries in the world. Theravada Buddhism is their national religion which is a branch of Hinayana Buddhism. Thailand’s Buddhism continues to cast strong weight on daily life. Senior monks are highly respected. Thus, in towns and villages, the temple (wat) is the spirit of social and religious life. One of the most popular aspects of Buddhism is Meditation which is practiced regularly by many Thai as a means of promoting inner peace and happiness. Visitors, too, can learn the fundamentals of this practice at several centers in Bangkok and elsewhere in the country.

Best places to visit in Thailand are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ko Samui, Pattaya, Krabi, Ayutthaya, Hat Yai, Phuket, Ko Chang and many more.

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Paradise in Thailand

Best Island for A Honeymoon: Phuket

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand. The island is connected to mainland Thailand by two bridges. It is situated off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoyed a rich and colorful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign ship logs of Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traders. The region now derives much of its income from tourism. It still has pockets of protected nature, dozens of peaceful beaches and a multitude of palm trees, surf spots and chill seafood restaurants set up on the sand. Best of all, Phuket has the bulk of Thailand’s most romantic resorts. If you are looking for a luxurious, stylish beach getaway, Phuket offers dozens of choices. Combine that with a multitude of transportation options and you have Thailand’s best honeymoon island.

 

Best Island for Diving: Similans

The Similan Islands is a group of islands in the Andaman Sea off the coast of, and part of, Phang Nga Province, southern Thailand. It is a national park which was established in 1982. Similan Islands National Park was established after a one-year exploration by the forestry department. The park is an archipelago consisting of nine islands named Ko Bon, Ko Bayu, Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Ko Miang (two adjoining islands), Ko Payan, Ko Payang, and Ko Huyong. Recently, the park was expanded to included two remote islands named Ko Bon and Ko Tachai. The Similans are situated 70 kilometres from Phang Nga town. "Similan" is a Yawi word which means "nine". Similan is one of the most famous diving sites in Thailand, and noted as one of the top ten dive destinations in the world according to the National Geographic Society.

 

Best Island for Rock Climbing: Koh Lao Liang

Koh Lao Liang island is a small island 20 kilometers offshore in the Koh Petra Marine Park, in Trang Province, Thailand. Its breath-taking beauty and serenity make it one of the best places in Thailand.If you love the height, Lao Liang Island is your mountain. The limit is yourself as hundred climbing routes at the limestone cliffs here are waiting for you adventure. From 4c to 7c+, climbing routes here wil catch your breath with the challenge and the gorgeous scenery. For Rai-Lay lovers, you will find the similarity but with more privacy and truly untouched nature. No matter how expert you are, Lao Liang Islands are your climbing destination.