|Speciality||Idyllic beaches, Marvellous cuisine, Spa|
|Best Time to Visit||November to February|
|Major Cities||Bangkok, Chiang Mai|
|Time Zone||GMT +7|
|Calling Code||+ 66|
|Language||Thai (official), regional and ethnic languages also spoken|
Thailand has been traditionally ruled by the Chakri dynasty kings from Bangkok. The reigning monarch Bhumibol Adulyadej or Rama IX has been on the throne for more than 50 years, already the longest for any Thai ruler.
As a constitutional monarch, the king's position is almost similar to those of the Queen of England. The king has proved to be a powerful stabilising force for the Thai people. The present king has been constantly working for the welfare of his subjects and that is the reason behind his immense popularity.
Monarchy and religion are two most important aspects of culture in Thailand. The soft-hearted Thais are very tolerant, as long as one doesn't insult one of these. Buddhism is the dominant religion of the country and orange-robed monks can be found in all parts of the kingdom. Buddha idols made of gold, marble and stone are very common. Theravada form of Buddhism is prevalent. It emphasises the potential of the individual to attain nirvana without the help of holy persons.
Official language of Thailand is Thai. Most Thais associated with tourism industry understand English and also have speaking capacity. Most signs on roads are in both Thai and English languages.
Temperature and humidity are two peculiar features of tropical Thailand climate. Monsoons play dominating role in determining the weather.
» April and May are the hottest months.
» June to October are the months of rainy seasons.
» November to February are pleasantly cool. Humidity is less.
In hilly areas of far north, the temperature can fall occasionaly to 20C.