WHERE IS THAILAND
Thailand, formerly Siam, is located in the center of Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma, Laos, Malyasia and Cambodia that contribute to its diverse culture.
The country is a constitutional monarchy, headed by King Rama IX, the ninth king of the House of Chakri, who, having reigned since 1946, is the world’s longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history. The king of Thailand is titled Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, Adherent of Buddhism, and Upholder of religions.
Thailand is the world’s 51st-largest country in terms of total area, with an area of approximately 513,000 km2 (198,000 sq mi), and is the 20th-most-populous country, with around 64 million people. The capital and largest city is Bangkok, which is Thailand’s political, commercial, industrial and cultural hub. About 75–85% of the population is ethnically Tai, which includes the four major regional groups, consisting of Central Thai (Khon Pak Klang): 30%; Northeastern Thai (Khon [Lao] Isan): 22%, Northern Thai (Khon Lanna): 9%; and Southern Thai (Khon Tai): 7%. Thai Chinese, those of significant Chinese heritage, are 14% of the population and up to 40% possess part-Chinese ancestry. Thai Malays represent 3% of the population and the rest belong to minority groups, including Mons, Khmers and various “hill tribes”. The country’s official language is Thai and the primary religion is Buddhism, which is practised by around 95% of the population. (Wikipedia)
The Island of Ko Samui, Thailand’s second largest island, is located in the Gulf of Thailand. For centuries it has been considered a safe haven because of the thriving, self-sufficient communities that have little contact with mainland Thailand. It is the perfect place to find a peaceful haven of serenity.
VISAS AND SHOTS
• Do I need a visa to visit Thailand?
Passport holders of the United States, Australia, and most European countries do not require a visa if staying less than 30 days. If you are planning on staying longer, you should get a tourist visa from the Thai embassy in your resident country, which will allow you to remain in the Kingdom for a longer period. You can also extend your visa while in Thailand. For visa information, please go to http://www.thaiembdc.org/wp/ for the United States; http://www.thaivisa.com for all other countries
• Do I need any inoculations
Generally speaking, traveling to foreign countries exposes you to new germs and diseases. Thailand is a clean, healthy place to visit. No
immunization shots are required. we recommend you take precautions to keep your immune system strong. Drink bottled water, wash your hands regularly, eat clean, healthy foods (do not eat street food), and take vitamin supplements if necessary.