Hands clasped in prayer, the Thais welcome visitors. Thailand offers visitors an incredible range of activities, sports and leisure.
Not to mention the pleasure of doing nothing more than enjoying a fresh coconut by the sea, in the light of bougainvillea and the warmth of a tropical garden. Sawat dii! It's the password, the key to an extraordinary change of scenery and a constant sense of wonder.
In the "Kingdom of Smiles", the crowing of roosters competes with the clatter of tuk-tuks, traffic sometimes stops to let elephants pass, and the kindness of the locals and the delicate flavours of the cuisine never fail to amaze.
Tropical; rainy, warm, cloudy southwest monsoon (mid-May to September); dry, cool northeast monsoon (November to mid-March); southern isthmus always hot and humid
Thai 97.5%, Burmese 1.3%, other 1.1%, unspecified <0.1% (2015 est.)
Marigolds and carnations are associated with funerals and thus make poor gifts.
Pad Thai — stir-fried rice noodles with scrambled eggs, fish sauce, dried shrimp, tamarind pulp, bean sprouts, roasted crushed peanuts, and tofu; if meat is added it is typically chicken or pork
Upper middle-income Southeast Asian economy; substantial infrastructure; major electronics, food, and automobile parts exporter; globally used currency; extremely low unemployment, even amid COVID-19; ongoing Thailand 4.0 economic development