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Read about all the latest travel news on: Thailand, Bangkok, Ubon Ratchathani, Roi-Et, Phuket, Pattaya, Krabi, Lanta, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin and Samui. There are also a lot of Thailand-related links at the bottom of this page.

Many people when arriving in Thailand do not really know what to expect and know very little about  the country and the people. However once they have been to Thailand once or twice, they will be sure to return, it is a Kingdom that offers many marvels of undiscovered enchantment. With surprises and delights around every corner, your trip to Thailand will open your eyes to a whole new world.

 On this site we offer you accommodation such as hotels in Thailand with some very special rates, restaurant, bar, and transport reviews so that you can have an insiders idea of where to go and what to do in Thailand once you arrive. We offer you shopping tips, apartment options if you don't feel like staying in a hotel, guides to where you can connect to the internet and how much they cost. What you can do in Thailand from a tourist perspective, and much, much more.

If you are arriving in Thailand without a tourist visa, you will most likely be happy to learn that new regulations mean you can now extend your stay for an extra 30 days on top of what you will have received at the airport. Read more about: Thailand to Offer Visa Exempt Travellers Extra 30 Days.

 We do encourage you though to venture off the beaten track, don't be concerned about visiting some of the lesser known tourist destinations in Thailand such as Ubon Ratchathani, Roi-Et, Khon Kaen etc. these destinations can teach you so much more about Thailand than a beach holiday in Samui ever will.

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On this page we give you a little insight into Thailand and the people, a little lesson if you like into the history of this amazing country and its people.

Thailand covers an area of 513,115 sq. km. in the heart of South East Asia, and shares its borders with Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Gulf of Thailand and the Indian Ocean. Thailand itself is broken onto four natural regions, a) The North b) The Central Plain or the Chao Phraya River Basin c) The North East (Korat Plateau) and d) The South or Southern Peninsula.

The Northern region is mountainous and full of forests, ridges and spectacular valleys. The main city of this region is Chiang Mai, a very popular tourist destination. The Central Plain is the most fertile and extensive rice producing area of Thailand, and has often been named the 'Rice Bowl of Asia'. This is the region where Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is situated. The Southern peninsula is a gem unto itself not only for the beauty of its beaches and landscape, but also as this is where many ores and minerals are to be found. The landscape is hilly to mountainous with lush virgin forests. This is also where the main rubber producing take place, and the cultivation of many other tropical crops.

But who are the Thai people and where did they come from? It was originally thought that the Thai people may originate from the north-eastern Szechuan Province of China about 4,500 years ago before they migrated to their present homeland. This idea though has recently be put into question by the discovery of pre-historic artifacts dating back some 3,500 thousand years. These artifacts were found in the village of Ban Chiang in the Nong Han District of Udon Thani Province in the Northeast. These amazing finds, indicate that the Thais may well have originated in Thailand, and themselves moved into other areas of Asia.

 Thailand until 1939 was known as Siam, and again between 1945 and 49, but May 11, 1949 put an end to the confusion and Thailand became officially known as 'Prathet Thai' or Thailand. For anyone who has been to Thailand they will not be surprised to learn the word 'Thai' means free so Thailand actually means The Land of the Free.

The population of Thailand is around 60,000,000 with an annual growth rate of around 1.3%. Although there is absolute religious freedom 95% of the Thai people follow Buddhism, and H.M. the King of Thailand under constitution and practice is patron of all religions embraced by the people.

Thailand is a hot and rather humid tropical country. In fact many people living in Thailand joke that it has three seasons, hot, hotter and hottest - this is easily believed. The climate is monsoonal, marked by a rainy season lasting from about May to September and a relatively dry season for the remainder of the year. The rainy season will amaze many a tourist as it can rain very heavily sometimes for up to just 10 minutes a go, but the sheer volume of water is quite a spectacle to behold.

Temperatures are highest in March / May when temperatures can soar past the 35 degree mark and 'lowest' in December and January when it can even drop to below 20 degrees at night. The average temperature is about 23 to 35 Celsius.

One of the most beautiful aspects of the Thai people is their respect and enormous love for their monarchy. It is very unwise and actually could lead to very serious trouble (including imprisonment) to say anything bad about the monarchy. They are loved dearly, and you will never hear a Thai utter a bad word especially in public.

The National Flag of Thailand is composed of five horizontal bands of red, white and blue. The outer red bands of red represent the nation, and the inner bands of white evoking religion. The blue band, which occupies one third of the flag symbolizes the monarchy. This tri coloured flag was first designed by King Vajirauadh (Rama VI) in 1917, and it succeeded by an earlier design which had a white elephant on a red background.

Thailand truly is an amazing place, with so much to offer tourists. The regular and most popular destinations of Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi Samui, Chiang Mai etc are only a small part of the country, and there are so many more undiscovered charms to be found.

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