Introduction

The journey to Thailand is a trip to a beautiful country with such great variations in landscape, cities and culture that there is always something new to experience. The Thai beaches and islands attract many tourists, and most would also like to pass by the capital Bangkok or another of the great cities in Thailand.

Bangkok's grand temples and palaces are the most famous sights with the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun at the forefront. These are places that are must sees on a walk through the capital's neighborhoods, and they are truly unforgettable with unique embellishments and with rich details and features in their architechture and history. A boat trip on the river Chao Phraya is also likely on the bucket list.

North of Bangkok you can visit the Royal Summer Palace and the ancient and very impressive former capital of Ayutthaya. Here, the temple ruins are incredibly picturesque in the urban space and in the surrounding landscape. Further north you can visit Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, both of which have temples, metropolitan areas, shopping and other good activities.

To the south, Thailand opens to the sea, and holidays at lovely hotels on beautiful islands are appealing. When you combine it with Thai cuisine and beautiful swimming and diving trips, the south becomes even more unforgettable. The lush nature to the east, west and north in the country also offers good excursion destinations such as the Mekong River and the bridge across the Kwai River.

Biggest cities
  • Bangkok / กรุงเทพมหานคร: 8,280,925
  • Nonthaburi / นนทบุรี: 262,158
  • Pak Kret / ปากเกร็ด: 178,114
  • Hat Yai / หาดใหญ่: 158,007
  • Nakhon Ratchasima / นครราชสีมา: 142,645
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Holidays
  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • April 6: Chakrid Dynasty Day
  • April 13-15: Songkran
  • May 5: Coronation Day
  • July 28: King's birthday
  • August 12: Queen's Birthday
  • October 23: Chulalongkorn's Day
  • December 10: Constitution Day
  • December 31: New Year's Eve
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Bangkok, Bangkok Metropolitan Region, Thailand

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Practical info
  • Official Name: Kingdom of Thailand / Ratcha Anachak Thai / ราช อาณาจักร ไทย
  • Capital: Bangkok / Krung Thep Maha Nakhon / กรุงเทพมหานคร
  • National anthem : National anthem / Phleng Chat / เพลง ชาติ
  • Language: Thai
  • Population: 68,863,514 (2016)
  • Primary religion: Buddhism
  • Currency: Baht (THB)
  • Drives in: Left side
  • Domain: .th
  • Phone code: +66
  • Time Zone: UTC + 7
  • Power and plugs: 220 V / 50 Hz, connector type A, B, C, F
Geography
  • Area: 513,120 km² / 198,117 sq mi
  • Highest point: Doi Inthanon / ยอด ดอย อิน ท นนท์, 2,565 m / 8,415 feet
  • Longest river: Mekong / แม่น้ำ โขง, 4,350 km / 2,703 mi
  • Largest lake: Songkhla / ทะเลสาบ สงขลา, 1,040 km² / 402 sq mi
  • Largest island: Phuket / ภูเก็ต, 543 km² / 210 sq mi
  • Boundaries: North: Myanmar, Laos. South: Malaysia. East: Laos, Cambodia, Thailand. West: Myanmar, Andaman Sea.
Celebrities
  • Pho Khun Sri Indraditya: King,? -1270
  • Somdet Phra Chao Uthong: King, 1314-1369
  • Somdet Phra Chao: King, 1734-1782
  • Yodfa Chulaloke: King (Rama I), 1737-1809
  • Loetla Nabhalai: King (Rama II), 1767-1824
  • Jessadabodindra: King (Rama III), 1788-1851
  • Mongkut: King (Rama IV), 1804-1868
  • Chulalong grain: King (Rama V), 1853-1910
  • Vajiravudh: King (Rama VI), 1881-1925
  • Prajadhipok: King (Rama VII), 1893-1941
  • Ananda Mahidol: King (Rama VIII), 1925-1946
  • Bhumibol Adulyadej: King (Rama IX), 1927-2016
  • Thaksin Shinawatra: Prime Minister, 1949-
  • Vajiralong Grain: King (Rama X), 1952-
  • Yingluck Shinawatra: Prime Minister, 1967-