Thailand - THE LAND OF FREE

Thailand - THE LAND OF FREE

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Thailand - THE LAND OF FREE

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THE LAND OF FREE
Thailand is a wondrous kingdom, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. Along with a fascinating history and a unique culture that includes delectable Thai food and massage, Thailand features a modern capital city, and friendly people who epitomize Thailand’s “land of smiles” reputation.

  • Capital:- Bangkok
  • Currency:- Thai baht
  • Official Language:- Thai
  • Time difference:- Thailand is 1 hour and 30 minutes ahead of India. ● Dialing code:- +66 ● Emergency numbers:- Tourist police:- 1155, Fire:- 199
  • Best time to visit:- Although the climate varies throughout Thailand, you can visit all year round.
  • January to early april:- Dry season with lowest rainfall
  • April to November:-Rainy season
  • November, December:- Dry season
  • It is believed November to mid April is the best time to visit the country

Interesting facts about Thailand

  • The ‘Garuda’-Eagle is the national & royal symbol of Thailand
  • Thailand was voted as world’s fifth friendliest country by royal guides reader
  • Muay Thai boxing, thailand’s national sport, is known as “the art of eight limbs”
  • Around 90% of Thai population is buddhist
  • Thailand is world’s largest exporter of Rice

Thailand fairs and festivals
➔ SONGKRAN FESTIVAL (Month of April)
1. As the most important date in the Thai calendar, the Thai New Year or Songkran is celebrated nationwide through various exciting events.
2. Get ready to be wet during this season, as splashing water is the norm throughout (better to bring your own water gun too)!
3. There’s the Hat Yai Midnight Songkran in Songkhla and I San Maha Songkran Festival in Nong Khai, where you can come and splash water and watch a beauty pageant.
4. You can also immerse yourself in traditional Thai culture and join the beautiful Songkran procession during the Ayutthaya Songkran Festival (Old Capital’s Songkran).
➔ BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (usually held month of January)
1. Enjoy an exciting exhibition on spectacular posters that are available along with the seminars and conferences related to film. Jazz concerts serve to complement the artistic flavor of the series of events.
➔ CHIANG MAI FLOWER FESTIVAL (Month of February, Chiangmai)
1. Witness the beautiful flower-decorated floats, ladies in the Flower Queen Beauty Pageant and the flower arrangement contest in this highly-anticipated colorful season in the North.
➔ FRUIT DAY IN CHANTABURI (May-June)
1. This event is a series of sales fairs organized by community housewives and One Tambon One Product (OTOP), featuring a fruit-decorated floats on parade, best fruit products showcase and modified fruit product contest.
➔ BUN LUANG & PHI TA KHON FESTIVAL ( Month of June, Wat Phonchai, Loie)
1. This is the biggest merit-making ceremony of Dan Sai District, featuring participants wearing fancy and colorful ghost masks with very pointy noses, dressing up in guilted costumes.
➔ NEW YEAR CELEBRATION (December 31 – January 1)
1. Thailand welcomes the New Year with various kinds of colorful events nationwide. You can head on over to any of their renowned beaches—mainly Pattaya and Phuket, or go up north to Chiang Mai to usher in the New Year with an official countdown.
2. Bangkok also offers a load of parties that will definitely ensure that you start the New Year right with a bang!
Cuisines of Thailand
➔ Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)
1. A bold, refreshing blend of fragrant lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce shapes this classic soup, giving it its legendary herbal kick. Succulent fresh prawns and straw mushrooms lend it body.
➔ Som Tum (Spicy Green Papaya Salad)
1. Hailing from the Northeast state of Isaan, this outlandish dish is both great divider - some can't get enough of its bite, some can't handle it - and greatly distinctive.
2. Garlic, chilies, green beans, cherry tomatoes and shredded raw papaya get dramatically pulverized in a pestle and mortar, so releasing a rounded sweet-sour-spicy flavour that's not easily forgotten.
➔ Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry)
1. Made with morsels of meat, red curry paste, smooth coconut milk and topped off with a sprinkling of finely sliced kaffir lime leaves, this rich, aromatic curry always gets those taste buds tingling.
2. At its best when the meat is stunningly tender, it could be likened to a beautiful woman: it's mild, sweet and delicately fragrant. And like all true love affairs, absence makes the heart grow fonder.
➔ Khao Pad (Fried Rice)
1. Fried rice, egg, onion, a few herbs - nothing more, nothing less.
2. A popular lunch dish served typically with a wedge of lime and slices of cucumber, the secret of this unpretentious dish lies in its simplicity.
➔ Kai Med Ma Muang (Chicken with Cashew Nuts)
1. Perhaps it's the wildly contrasting textures of a dish that saucy chicken alongside roasted cashews, sweet soy sauce, onions, chilies, pepper, carrot and mushrooms.

Top 10 cities of Thailand
1) Bangkok
● Airport:- Suvarnabhumi Airport(BKK)
2) Pattaya
● Airport:- U-Tapao International Airport(UTP)
3) Chiang Mai
● Airport:- Chiang Mai International Airport(CNX)
4) Phuket
● Airport:- Phuket International Airport(HKT)
5) Kanchanaburi
● Nearest Airport:- Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
6) Pai
● Airport:- Pai Airport(PYY)
7) Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
● Nearest Airport:- Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
8) Ko Lanta
● Airport:- Krabi Airport (KBV)
9) Ko samui
● Airport:- Samui International Airport(USM)
10) Chiang Rai
● Airport:- Mae Fah Luang–Chiang Rai International Airport(CEI)
11) Phi phi island
12) Krabi
● Airport:- Krabi Airport (KBV)

How to get to Thailand
Bangkok is Thailand’s primary international and domestic gateway. Thailand's provincial airports support an extensive domestic and growing international network. Those offering international destinations include the following: Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) The country's main air terminal, is located in Samut Prakan, 30km east of Bangkok and 110 km from Pattaya. The airport’s name is pronounced su·wan·na·poom. The airport website has real-time details of arrivals and departures. Don Mueang International Airport Located 25km north of central Bangkok, Don Mueang was retired from service in 2006 only to reopen later as the city’s de facto budget and domestic hub. Phuket International Airport Several domestic and international destinations. Chiang Mai International Airport International destinations include many Asian and Southeast Asian cities. Chiang Rai International Airport International destinations include Kunming. Hat Yai International Airport International destinations are limited to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya International Airport International destinations include Nanning, Macau, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Bangkok
Bangkok is everything you'd expect from the capital of Thailand: it's noisy, crowded, colorful, exciting, infuriating, and smile inducing.

  • Capital city of Thailand
  • Founded in:- 1782
  • Population:- Approx 8.281 million
  • Best time to visit:- It is a round year destination

Top Attractions
➔ Madame Tussauds
1. At Madame Tussauds in Bangkok you will have the chance to come up close to celebrities, world leaders and sporting heroes. Divided into sections as history, leaders, arts and science, sports, music, film, TV and Red Carpet is a collection of wax statues from famous people from across the world plus a number of Thai celebrities.
2. It has various sections like, arts, science, history, sports and many more
3. Entry fees:-Adult:- 850 Thai baht, Child:- 650 Thai baht, Toddler:- Free
4. Timings:-10:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs
➔ Chao phraya river dinner cruise
1. The Luxury Cruises on the Chaophraya River, the Amazing Experience where you will be dazzled in Thai Exquisite Architecture, absorbed with Thai Cultural and History from the past to present standing elegant just before the river.
2. Let The Chaophraya Cruise be the one for your Memorable Cruise.
3. Bookings can be done online.
➔ Safari World and Marine park
1. Explore Safari World, a drive-in zoological park divided into two parts. The first part is Safari Park, an open zoo with wild animals.
2. The second part is the Marine Park where there are a variety of marine animals and shows of trained dolphins, birds, seals and apes.
3. At Safari Park, stretching 5 KM and lasting 45 minutes, a drive through the scenic Safari Park presents a unique opportunity for the closest encounter possible with rare and endangered species of the animal kingdom.
4. Explore Nature’s numerous wonders in their original splendor and respond the call of the wild, while remaining in the comfort of our private car or coach.
5. Witness the truly breathtaking Tiger & Lion Feeding Show the only one of it’s kind anywhere in the world.
6. Explore Marine Park where there are a variety of marine animals and shows of trained dolphins, birds, seals and apes.
7. Entry fees:- Adult:- 650 Thai baht, Child:- %70 Thai baht
8. Timings:- 8:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs
➔ Indra Square
1. The market includes retail stores and outdoor stalls, the latter aimed at tourists. It is at the intersection of Ratchaprarop and Phetburi Roads in the Ratchathewi district.
2. This may be the cheapest market for buying clothing, fabrics, and textiles in central Bangkok, while the Chatuchak Weekend Market probably is the low price leader. Other merchandise includes watches, handicrafts, and more.
3. Timings:- 1000 hrs to 2100 hrs
➔ Wat Pho
1. Located immediately south of the Grand Palace precinct, Wat Pho makes an excellent addition to your tour, provided your feet are up for more walking.
2. Also known as or Wat Chetuphon, the temple was built by King Rama I and is the oldest and in Bangkok.
3. Today Wat Pho is best known for the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, where you'll find a statue so big (45 m long and 15 m high), it cannot be viewed in its entirety only appreciated in sections.
4. The soles of the feet, inlaid with a myriad of precious stones, are particularly interesting with the 108 signs of true faith.
5. Also look for the long earlobes signifying noble birth, and the lotus-bud configuration of the hand to symbolize purity and beauty.
6. Entry fees:- 100 Thai baht
7. Timings:- 8:30hrs to 18:00hrs
➔ Wat Suthat
1. Wat Suthat, adjacent to the Great Swing, is one of the oldest and most beautiful of Bangkok's Buddhist temples.
2. Three kings had a hand in its construction: it was begun soon after the coronation of Rama I (founder of the Chakri dynasty) in 1782, continued by Rama II, and completed ten years later by Rama III.
3. Apart from its delightful architecture, the temple boasts some exceptionally interesting wall paintings.
4. Wat Suthat is less popular than some of the other temple complexes in the city, so you'll enjoy a more peaceful and intimate experience here.
5. Entry fees:- 20 Thai baht
6. Timings:- 8:30hrs to 21:00hrs
➔ Giant Swing
1. In the center of the busy square in front of Wat Suthat stands one of Bangkok's most eye-catching sights, the 27 m high teak frame of the so-called Giant Swing.
2. This used to be the focus of a religious ceremony held every year in December after the rice harvest.
3. Teams of three took turns to balance on a dangerously narrow board and be swung 25 m or more off the ground "up to Heaven", at which point they would attempt to catch a bag of silver coins in their teeth.
4. King Rama VII banned the contest in 1932, following a number of fatal accidents.
➔ Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
1. For an even more interesting market experience, you can arrange a tour to Damnoen Saduak, a famous floating market located in Ratchaburi (about 1.5 hours outside Bangkok).
2. The popularity of floating markets once earned Bangkok the nickname "Venice of the East", bear in mind that this has now become something of a tourist trap, so don't expect an exclusive morning of shopping by boat.
3. But you will be able to buy fresh and delicious foods and interact with locals in an authentic way.
4. Timings:- 6:00hrs to 12:00hrs
➔ Lumpini Park
1. Lumpini Park provides visitors with a green oasis amidst the traffic and chaos of Bangkok.
2. Hang out on one of several lawn areas, enjoy the shade of a Chinese pagoda, or take a boat out on the lake.
3. Lumpini Park is a great place to spend an afternoon enjoying the contrast of the tranquil park with the skyscrapers rising all around it.
4. Note that the park has been the site of anti-government protests that have occasionally turned violent in the past, so be sure to check on the current status before visiting.
5. Entry fees:-free
6. Timings:- 5:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs
➔ Street Food Stalls
1. In order to experience Bangkok, you have to try to the cuisine.
2. You'll have no trouble at all finding vendors to tempt you with treats, and you haven't really done the city without chowing down on grilled meats and fish, soups, fresh fruit, and myriad other dishes.
3. This is a quintessential Thailand experience, tucking into a delicious (if mysterious) meal, surrounded by the chaos and heat of the city.

Pattaya
Pattaya is home to a growing number of cultural and action-packed attractions and international restaurants, and beaches

  • Population:- 107,406
  • Best time to visit:- November to February

Top Attractions
➔ Pattaya towers
1. The first and the highest seaside tower and the Revolving restaurant located on the East Coast of Thailand.
2. Breathtaking View & Challenge Activities The Observation decks on the 55th floor, where you can stand and gaze at the beauty of the Jomtien Bay and Pattaya City or enjoy the ultimate view and thrill on our Tower Jump, Speed Shuttle and Sky Shuttle Sumptuous Meals On the 52nd, 53rd and 54th floor Revolving restaurants.
3. Taste the international buffet lunch and dinner with seafood.
4. Exciting activities as Tower Shot, Viking, or and Roller Coaster are also available at Pattaya Park.
5. The fee for activities:
6. Tower jump and shy shuttle: 200 Baht
7. The package of 4 activities: 300 Baht
8. Entry fees:- 400 Thai baht
➔ Cabaret show
1. First opened on 8 November 1981, Alcazar Cabaret theater features 1,200 seats and a small team of 400 male and ladyboy artists who give dazzling and fantastic performances including impersonation, comedy and other delighting performance.
2. Not only the unique performance that will entertain the audience but well-designed backdrops, lighting, sound and embellishing outfits.
3. Entry fees: 500-600 Thai baht
4. Timings:- Daily at 18:00hrs, 20:00hrs, 21:00hrs and additional show on saturdays at 22:00hrs.
➔ Gems gallery
1. Gem and Jewelry Museum is a museum in Bangkok, Thailand operated by the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand Public Organization, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University.
2. The displays include gems and mineral specimens, mining, the origins of gems and how they are cut and graded, precious metals and manufacturing procedures of gold, platinum and silver jewelries.
3. Timings:- 8:30hrs to 18:00hrs
➔ Noong-nooch village
1. Nong Nooch Tropical Garden & Resort is well known to those who want to take in an impressive Thai Cultural Show and find the biggest and most beautiful botanical garden in Southeast Asia.
2. More than 2,000 visitors from around the world visit this garden daily for their enjoyment.
3. At Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, are always developing and improving the beautification process in order for the garden to look as it does today.
4. Nong Nooch garden is also dedicated to education, preservation, research as well as the conservation of its vast palm collection and other tropical plants.
5. Entry fees:- adult- 700 Thai baht, Child:-500 Thai baht
6. Timing:- 8:00hrs to 18:00hrs
➔ Coral island
1. Koh Larn is the best known out of a group of small islands a few miles off the coast of Pattaya.
2. It is popular with day visitors who want to spend a day on a wide sandy beach and do some snorkeling.
3. Koh Lann offers a change of pace from the busy beaches of Pattaya - an island well known to Thai and foreign visitors for its tranquil surroundings, beautiful beaches, glass-clear waters and extensive coral.
4. This landmass of four square kilometers, just seven kilometers from Pattaya Bay, sports three beaches and is Pattaya's closest island just a 45-minute boat ride from shore.
5. Entry fees:- adult-900 Thai baht, Child- &00 Thai baht
➔ Elephant village
1. The Elephant Village provides the magnificent creatures with a safe haven, where they may live out their lives with dignity and freedom from fear.
2. A visit to the Elephant Village is not only unique experience, but it is also a lifesaver because the fees paid by our visitors contribute to, the very survival of the elephants, both now and in the future,
3. The Elephant Village is a private company, which is run on a non profit making basis and after running expenses have been deducted, all of the proceeds go to feed, pay the medical bills and generally take care of the elephants. It receives neither government support nor sponsorship from any large company or international organization
4. Show timings:- 14:30hrs
5. Entry to the elephant village is free
6. Trekkings:- Combination trekking:-2000 Thai baht, One hour elephant trekking:- 1200 Thai baht.
➔ Underwater world
1. Pattaya's new walk-through underwater aquarium See the wonders of the deep without getting wet.
2. Underwater World Pattaya says Pattaya’s newest tourist attraction is the largest and most modern ocean aquarium in Asia, boasting a 100-meter-long, 6.4-centimeter-thick acrylic pedestrian tunnel through an underwater environment filled with dozens of marine species Located just 200 meters south of Tesco Lotus in South Pattaya, the new theme park covers a total area of 12-rai and is housed in a structure similar to a large circus tent.
3. “This enables the place to have natural light that nurtures the algae The aquarium houses more than 4,000 marine animals, comprising more than 200 different species from the region as well as some rare creatures from overseas,” added David Hong, general manager and an investor in the project.
4. Hong stressed visitors must-see the rare shovelnose ray, a hybrid between a shark and a stingray.
5. “There are three of them at the aquarium that we purchased from local fishermen, who normally kill them for consumption
6. Entry fees:- Adult- 700 Thai baht, child- 600 Thai baht
7. Timings:- 09:15hrs to 16:30hrs
➔ Ripley’s believe it or not
1. The Pattaya branch of this world famous franchise displays odd artifacts and unlikely objects from all over the world, as well as demonstrating peculiarities of human perception such as optical illusions and examples of human depravity such as primitive torture devices.
2. It is located on the top floor of the Royal Plaza Building on Beach Road in Pattaya.
3. Also on the third floor of the Royal Plaza Building are a simulated thrill ride called Ripley's Motion Master theater, and a simulated laser combat game.
4. This abandoned structure is the backdrop for one of the scariest mysteries of modern times, complete with disappearances, foul play, and periodic visits from the other side.
5. For your terrified pleasure, the masters of oddity, Ripley Museum, have resurrected the haunted tale of these partners and their establishment.
6. Entry fees:- Adult & Child:- 1,250 Thai baht
7. Timings:- 11:00hrs to 21:00hrs
➔ Tiffany’s show
1. TIFFANY'S SHOW is the First ever truly transvestite cabaret show in South East Asia. With over 28 years of stage experiences, the fame of TIFFANY'S SHOW is undeniable and become a recommended tourist destination of the successful growth of Thailand's most popular resort city , Pattaya City.
2. Millions of international visitors from every part of the world had experienced our spectacular performances and enjoyed our marvelous, talented and beautiful TIFFANY'S performers.
3. Growing popularity among tourists enormously, TIFFANY'S SHOW moved to the unique and elegant-style theater (1,000- seat capacity )fully equipped with modern light & sound stage equipment.
4. Over 100 professional performers in dazzling costumes have astonished audience with a memorable life-time experience that you won't believe that the spectacular show like Paris shows is in Thailand. It is the indeed show for the entire family
5. Entry fees:- 550 Thai baht
➔ Mini Siam
1. Wonders are everywhere around the world. The idea, the imagination and the abilities of human beings are the inspiration to create these wonders. Each nation substantially reflects their unique art, culture and traditions in great architecture..
2. Under the idea to gather the wonders, fine arts, handicrafts, culture and important places of Thailand.
3. This heritage site is as it suggests: miniature versions of Thai and European structures and sites through history. Over a hundred models built on a scale of 1:25 are on display in the grounds, from the famed historical cities of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya to more modern models.
4. A great opportunity for those unable to travel to the great sights to envisage what they are missing.
5. A couple of hours around Mini Siam will provide you with a quick tour of most of the landmark of Thailand.
6. Entry fees:- Adult-600 Thai baht, Child:- 400 Thai