Planning to visit the friendly, food lover’s paradise of Thailand? With its golden buddhas and idyllic beaches, you are sure to be stunned by this Southeast Asian favourite. Find out some essential information ahead of your trip to the ‘Land of Smiles’ right here.
  • Thailand is 513,120 km2 (198,120 sq mi) in size, making it the 50th largest country in the world.
  • It shares land borders with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar (formerly Burma).
  • Buddhism is practised by around 95% of the Thai population. Throughout the country, there are beautiful temples and statues dedicated to Buddha. The most sacred Buddhist temple is Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok.
  • Thailand has over 1430 islands. Phuket is its most famous island and is known for its all-night partying. Koh Samui is a great choice for families or couples on a honeymoon.
  • The climate is tropical with a rainy monsoon season which varies between regions. The best time to visit Bangkok is between November and February.
  • The baht (฿ /THB) is the official currency of Thailand. All the temples featured on the Thai baht coins are located in Bangkok. Why not try to visit them all during your stay?
If you’re hungry for more information about the world’s largest exporter of rice, read on to get a taste of what you can expect when you travel here as a tourist.