Thailand

If you love diving beaches, spiritual temples, tropical islands and elephants, then you should start planning your trip to Thailand. Thailand, located in South East Asia, is one of the most visited countries in the world, and the most-visited in Southeast Asia.

Bangkok, its capital, is the largest city and serves as the country’s national treasure house. It is Thailand’s spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic center. Clearly, one day in Bangkok will hardly scratch the surface of what the city has to offer.

Tourism makes up 6% of the economy, perhaps due to its friendly climate. Many visitors extend their stay beyond the usual when in Thailand, as holidays in Thailand don’t seem to disappoint.

The culture of Thailand is mainly influenced by Buddhism, and almost 95% of Thais are Buddhist. Pre-Buddhist tradition can however still be seen in the spirit houses with the most famous at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok. At the other extreme, Thailand is also known for its brutal Thai boxing, the most popular sport in the country.

What to do in Thailand

Shoppers will be happy to know that Thailand also is home to some of the largest markets in the world, Chatuchak has everything from used vintage sneakers to baby squirrels.

The floating market is a good place to shop and find spicy foods to try. You’ll need to get up early to visit a floating market, as vendors are out in their long wooden boats first thing in the morning with their goods, fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and tasty dishes. A visit to one of the floating markets in Bangkok, Amphawa and Damnoen Saduakis a fun way to do some shopping and eating while supporting local vendors and observing local commerce in action.

The grand palace is one of the most popular resorts in the country. A tourist visit to Thailand is not complete without a visit to the palace. The railway beach, the Phi Phi islands and other islands and beaches are also important tourist attractions. The Khao Yar Park national park, known for its elephants is also another tourist attraction site.

Thailand is renowned worldwide for its great food. flavored with ingredients like fish sauce, galangal, ginger and lemongrass. Many popular dishes are made with red or green curry, and Thailand also has delicious noodle dishes, such as Pad Thai. Thailand also has many cheap street foods, such as papaya salad, noodle soups, grilled meats, and a variety of sweets. You won’t have any problem finding many tasty things to try.

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Tourism website: Amazing Thailand

Time zone: UTC/GMT: +07:00

Currency: THB – Thai Baht

Official language: Thai

UNESCO World Heritage sites: 5

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