In a country where wellness is firmly rooted in the tradition of life, a holiday here quickly becomes an unforgettable recreational experience. Thailand, however, has much more to offer than spa treatments with massages and aromatherapy. Beautiful, lovely landscapes enchant visitors as well as the many impressive temples and structures that are found throughout the country. The hospitable and obliging mentality of the people and rich culinary delights contribute not to just the relaxation of everyday life, but also the overall wellbeing of the individual.
Facts & Figures
Official name: Ratcha-anachak Thai (Kingdom of Thailand) Location: Southeast Asia, between Myanmar and Malaysia located on the Gulf of Thailand Area: 513.115 km² Capital city: Bangkok Population: 67.2 million Religious and ethnic groups: Buddhism as state religion, 5% Muslim, 1% Christian / 96% Thai, 2% Burmese Language: Thai (official language), English (second language of the upper class) Geography: Mountainous with central plains and plateau in the east. Highest point: Doi Inthanon (2576m) Time zone: Indo China Time (UTC + 07:00) Political and economic: Constitutional monarchy, GDP: 360.4 billion (EUR 2016) Currency: Thai baht (Current exchange rate can be found online)
Arrival and departure
The journey to Thailand is possible via many routes: by plane, car, ferry and by train using the Orient Express. The country's main airport is Bangkok
Visa: Vaccinations: On site: The roads are considered good, as is the rail network. However, it should be noted that trains are usually very unpunctual. Most tourists therefore use cars, motorcycles and cheap flights for longer distances. Beach: Since 1.2.2018 smoking on many popular beaches is only possible in designated beach sections. Infringements are punishable by large fines.
Climate and best time to travel
Thailand's climate is tropical with distinct dry and rainy monsoons. Winter average temperature: 25°C (average minimum temperatures around 20°C in December) Summer average temperature: 30°C (maximum temperatures of around 35°C in April) Water temperature: 29°C in August
The country is worth a trip all year round. However, the most pleasant time is between October and May, as it is outside the rainy season.
The most beautiful holiday regions
Koh Samui - White beaches and coconut trees Phuket -Hidden coves and turquoise water Phang Nga Bay - Paradise Caves and bizarre rock
Public holidays and celebrations
New Year (January 1), Makha Bucha Day (February), Chakri Memorial Day (April 6), Thai New Year (April 13-15), Labor Day (May 1), Coronation Day (May 5), Buddha's Birthday (May), Mid-Year's Holiday (July 1), Asarnha Bucha Day (July), Her Majesty's Birthday (August 12), Chulalongkorn Memorial Day (October 23), his birthday Your Majesty the King (December 5), Constitution Day (December 10), New Year's Eve (December 31).
DOs and DON'Ts
DOs • The "Thai smile" is famous and an essential to Thailand etiquette. Thais show it whenever they can and it is appropriate to always return someone's smile. • Eat with a spoon: The proper way to enjoy delicious Thai food is with the spoon in your right hand and fork in your left. • Show religious respect. The Buddhists are very tolerant; however, you should observe certain rules, such as taking off your shoes, when you enter a temple.
DON'Ts • Disrespect the king: Never disrespect the king or images of the king, this includes currency -- his picture appears on the Thai baht. Although Thailand's lese majeste laws are controversial, open disrespect toward the king can land you in prison! • Take home photos of the Buddha. It is strictly forbidden to take home images of the Buddha. • Touch a Thai woman without consent. Despite the image portrayed in some bars and clubs, most Thai women are conservative.
Can you drink the tap water? The Thailand water should not be used as drinking water. Instead drink bottled water or boil the tap water thoroughly for a very long time. This also applies when brushing your teeth or washing the dishes. Do I need an adaptor? In Thailand, they do not use the same sockets as in Europe, an adapter is therefore required. What about medical care? Medical care is considered sufficient in the cities. As this is often not the case in rural areas, a travel health insurance with medical evacuation transport is highly advised. E-Cigarettes & Co.: Imports of so-called evaporators, e.g. E-cigarettes, eBaracus, and supplies going to Thailand are prohibited and may be punished with a jail sentence. This includes the sale or purchase of e-cigarettes or other vaporisers.
Top tips and discoveries
Ayutthaya The old royal city is known as the "Venice of the East" and was for a long time the commercial centre of Asia with countless palaces, temples and fortresses. Today, the city still shows its former splendour, but its tranquil and leisurely atmosphere makes it an interesting contrast to the loud, hasty Bangkok. It is also possible to take a walk on the wild side and take a ride on top of an elephant. While riding an elephant, the imposing buildings of the city and the associated parks can be explored from a new vantage.
Bangkok Bangkok is exciting, colourful, lively and always on the move. There is something for every taste in this "city of angels". Whether the magnificent Royal Palace with its many ornate towers, the Wat Po Temple with the mighty statue of the Reclining Buddha or the seething potpourri of various people and influences on the backpacker mile Khao San Road. Bangkok astonishes tourists in many ways. For the completeness and timeliness of the content, SpaDreams cannot guarantee accuracy.