The Kingdom of Thailand lies between Laos, Cambodia , Malaysia and Myanmar in Southeast Asia . This country was known as Siam until 1939. The capital of Thailand is Bangkok with over ten million inhabitants. The Kingdom of Thailand is divided into 76 provinces. The northern part of the country is mountainous and the Central plains are covered with paddy fields while the southern coast is bordered by beautiful beaches.
Rich with natural diversity and cultural attractions, Thailand has become one of the most popular tourist spots in this decade. Golden temples, tropical mountains, breathtaking beaches and national parks lure the visitor to stay and enjoy this land with wonder. Eco-tourism is one of the growing trends along with whitewater rafting, Golf as well as mountain biking. Thailand is also known for trekking or riding on elephants, safaris, hill tribes and lush jungle terrain.
Attractions for the visitor include the Bangkok 's glittering Grand Palace , the Wat Phra Kaeo temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Chao Phraya River , Wat Pho with the Reclining Buddha, Vimanmek Palace , the royal summer retreat, ancient temples of Chiang Mai, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya , Phang Nga Bay , Khao Sok National park , etc.
Thai cuisine is world famous for its healthy and flavorful combinations of aromatic spices, vegetables and coconut based curries. Thai massages, Thai meditation and other relaxation techniques may be experienced in the multitude of Thai spas that cater to the large number of tourists who flock there every year.
The weather in Thailand is controlled by the monsoons which arrive in mid-May and last until September. The days are rainy, warm and cloudy during this time. The best time to travel to Thailand is from September to May. The Thai people honor their royalty and visitors should not disrespect them in anyway. Also, Buddhist monks have a certain code of behavior that may seem unusual or discriminatory to the tourists. When visiting Buddhist temples, take care to remove shoes and leave them outside.
Thai Airways and other international airlines have flights to Bangkok . Also, domestic airlines are comfortable and well organized. Search the Expedia website to compare local hotel rates. Water transport, buses and railways are also quite efficient and can easily be used for internal travels and tours. In the cities, taxi service is the best means of transport.