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Thailand Information

Population: 62 million

Time Zone: GMT +7

Driving side: Drivers drive on the left hand side of the road.

Languages: Thai

Religion: 95% Buddhist

Emergency #: Police: 191

Thailand Local Customs

Although Thailand is an extremly tourist friendly country, there are some customs one should be aware of when visiting. In Temples dress neatly and respectfully, remove shoes and do not ware shorts, hotpants, singlets or spaghetti straps. All images of Bu

Thailand Popular Destinations

Bangkok - the bustling city of Bangkok is Thailands capital and is usually the first stop for visitors to the country, Aside from the many restaurants serving fantastic Thai food and a vibrant nightlife, Bangkok has many atrractions. See many magnificent Temples, among them the Temple of The Dawn and the Temple of The Reclining Buddha. Other attractions are the Grand Palace, waterways and Chinatown.

Krabi - Krabi Town and the surrounding area is great for the outdoor enthusiast and beach lover. Go canoeing and participate in various watersport activities or take a boat trip to lovely Phi Phi Island. Other places of interest include the Tiger Cave Temple and the remarkable Shell Cemetery.

Phuket - the beautiful island of Phuket attracts tourists from around the world. Swim or practice watersports in the crystal clear waters, suntan and relax on the white sandy beaches. Soak up some culture in the Temples, such as the Golden Buddha Temple and the Phuket Sea Shell Museum.

Koh Samui - a picturesque, palm fringed island off the south eastern coast of Thailand. Koh Samui has many excellent beaches and Temples, the most famous being Big Buddha Temple. The island is also a great place to eat delicious Thai food and shop for wonderful Thai silk.

Nakon Pathom - the oldest city in Thailand and home to Phra Pathom Chedi which is the tallest Buddhist monument in the world. The origional monument, now buried, was erected by Theravada Buddhists in the 16thj century.

Thailand Beaches

Chaweng Beach - located on the eastern side of Koh Samui, Chaweng is a popular tourist beach with soft white sand and water that is fantastic for swimming and watersorts. Chaweng also has great restaurants and night clubs.

Patong Beach - the most famous beach on Phuket it has lots of activities and with 3000 meters of soft sand is the perfect place to relax.

Karon - another long sandy beach on Phuket that offers many facilities and activities as well as restaurants.

Moving Around Thailand

Thailand is easier to get around than you may think. Buses are fast, serviced and air-conditioned and in an attempt to protect female passangers, women only busses were introduced by the government.

Trains are regular and comfortable. Local transport include tuk-tuk's (motorised rickshaws), small pick-ups and bicycle rickshaws. Motorcycles and cars can also be rented in major cities.

National festival and holidays

New Year - mid April is when Buddhists celebrate New Year by "bathing" Buddha. A lot of water is thrown around at this time.

Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival - second week in May. A traditional local festival going back centuries. Rockets are paraded to the launch site by tradionally costumed locals and then launched to load folk music.

Phi Ta Khon Festival - June. A unique ghost festival held in Dan Sai district of Loei Province. There is a masked procession, music, dancing and a contest for best mask.

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