Thailand as a holiday destination
Thailand is a Southeast Asian, predominantly Buddhist kingdom almost equidistantbetween India and China. For centuries known by outsiders as Siam, Thailand has been something of a Southeast Asian migratory, cultural andreligious cross-roads. With an area of some 510,000 square kilometres and a population of some 57 million, Thailand is approximately the same size as France.
Bangkok is Thailand's capitol and major gateway.Most visitors arrive through Suvarnabhumi International Airport which is connected by daily flights to Europe, North America, Asia and Australia aboard the world's major airlines. Further international flights, mostly from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Hong Kong, land on a less regular basis at the southern airports of Phuket and Hat Yai and Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Charter flights from Europe and the Orient sometimes land in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and at U-Taphao for Pattaya.
Thailand, also known as "the land of smiles", is perhaps one of the most visited tourist destinations in South East Asia. It seems that this beautiful country encompasses everything you as a visitor can dream of. It is s a tropical country blessed with the most beautiful beaches, limestone islands, jungles, mountains, rivers and waterfalls, big cities, traditional markets and villages, temples, smily people and last but not least, amazing food - Thai Cuisine.
Thailand enjoys atropical climate with 3 distinct seasons - summer from March through May, rainy with plenty of sunshine from June to September and cool from October through February. The average annual temperature is 28°C (83°F),ranging, in Bangkok, for example, from 30°C in April to 25°C in December.
In addition to Bangkok, the most popular toursit destination within Thailand are Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the north of the country, Hua Hin and Pattaya just outside of Bangkok and of course the many islands in the south, particularly Phuket and Koh Samui.