Thailand Country Infomation
Kimdom of Thailand
Nationality: Noun and adjective--Thai.
Population (2009 est.): 67.0 million. (Data based on the Thailand National Statistic Office.)
Type: Constitutional monarchy.
Constitution: Thailand adopted its current constitution following an August 19, 2007 referendum.
Independence: Never colonized; traditional founding date 1238.
Branches: Executive--King (chief of state), Prime Minister (head of government). Legislative--bicameral, with a fully-elected House of Representatives and a partially-elected Senate. Judicial--composed of the Constitutional Tribunal, the Courts of Justice, and the Administrative Courts.
Thai is the official language. English and French are popular second languages.
Religion plays a very important role in Thai life. Buddhism is the faith of 95 percent of the population, 4 percent are Muslims, 0.5 percent and Christians, and the remainder Hindus, Sikhs and other religion.
The climate can generally be described as tropical. As the country is affected by monsoon, it is hot and humid with an average temperature around 27 C (80 F). There are two distinct seasons: the Rainy Season and the Dry Season. However, the Dry Season is divided into two sub-seasons, cool and hot. These seasons are:
The Rainy season: From June till October 27-35°C (80-95°F)
The Dry season (Cool): From November till February 17-27°C (80-95°F)
The Dry season (Hot): From March till May 29-38°C (84-100°F)
The currency of Thailand is the "Baht", They have Coins come in six denominations: 25 and 50-Satang coins are very small and made of brass. The other coins come in one, two, five and ten-Baht pieces. The one, two and five-Baht coins are silver, while the ten-Baht coin consists of a silver ring around a brass center.
Bills vary in size and color according to denomination: 20-Baht is green, 50-Baht is blue, 100-Baht is red, 500-Baht is purple and 1,000-Baht is white.
Tip isn't mandatory, however it is widely practiced and always appreciates for all of the generous.
Business Hours (local time is GMT plus 7hours)
Most business offices are open from 09:30 till 12:00 and from 13:00 till 17:30, Monday through Friday and Saturday morning. Banks generally operate from 09:30 till 15:30hrs.
Most private companies and government offices are closed on Saturday and Sunday.
There are still many state-owned hospitals, where qualified doctors work. There are also a number of private clinics and hospitals available in the major cities and most of these maintain international standards.
Van and car rental is recommended for touring in the city and the outskirts. A few city buses are available on unlimited roads and suitable for international tourist. Cyclos (human-powered Tricycle-taxis) , Taxis, Boats, Buses, Tuk-tuks or Sam Lors, Songtaews, Motorbike Taxi,Trains,BTS Sky Train, Car Rentals,moto-taxis are plentiful, inexpensive, and readily available.
Vaccination is not required for entry into Thailand, but Great Angkor Tours suggests you check with your doctor as some countries recommend their citizens be inoculated before embarking on an overseas adventure.
Email and Internet
Internet Access Providers (ISPs) currently offer both Internet access and an Email account for B10 to B40 per hour.
Flight Information The airlines that are currently operating to/from Thailand are:
Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) Chiang Mai, Thailand (CNX) Chiang Rai, Thailand (CEI)
Khon Kaen, Thailand (KKC) Koh Samui, Thailand (USM) Krabi, Thailand (KBV)
Mae Hong Son, Thailand (HGN) Phuket, Thailand (HKT) Surat Thani, Thailand (URT)
Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand (UBP) Udon Thani, Thailand (UTH)