Thailand Travel Guide

Thailand has everything you could imagine in a country, from the most visited city on Earth, right through to isolated jungles. Whatever you are looking for, you should find it in the 'The Land of Smiles'.

On our one month adventure around Thailand, we started in Bangkok and made our way north, so have yet to experience the islands of the south. However, this page gives a lot of general information about Thailand, alongside specific guides to Bangkok, AyutthayaChiang Rai and Chiang Mai.

Hopefully you will find this useful if you’re planning your own trip, or will just enjoy reading about our adventure.

If you need any advice or want some help planning a trip of your own just add a comment at the bottom or send me a message through the contact page.

Places Of Interest In Thailand

Useful Thailand Information

ℹ️ Information and Stats

LOCATION

Thailand is located in Southeast Asia, and is the 50th largest country by area in the world.

It has borders with Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia.

POPULATION

The population of the Thailand is around 86 million (April 2018) with around 30 million tourists visiting every year.

LANGUAGE

Thai, or more specifically, Siamese Thai, is the only official language of Thailand. It is spoken by over eighty percent of the country. Thai is closely related to Lao, the official language of Laos; Shan, which is spoken in Burma; and a number of less significant languages associated with southern China and northern Vietnam.

Thai is used in all official capacities in Thailand, including education, government and the media.

ENGLISH SPEAKERS

Around a quarter of the population speak English, and this is much higher in the main tourist areas and big cities.

The range of English speaking varies massively though, with at least half of the English speakers using it only in 'emergencies'.

TIME DIFFERENCE

Thailand is GMT +7.

THE FLAG

The flag of Thailand is made up of 5 colours, mirrored from the centre. It was adopted on 28 December 1917.

Thailand FlagThailand’s flag stands for nation-religion-king, an unofficial motto that Thai people live by. The red stripes represent Thailand’s blood spilt in its bid to maintain independence; the white stands for purity and Buddhism (the country’sprimary religion), and blue symbolises the Thai monarchy. The blue stripe also has a double meaning as it stands in solidarity and honours Thailand’s World War I allies, namely Great Britain, France, the United States and Russia, which all have red, white and blue flags

The flag of Thailand was also designed so it cannot be flown upside down.

The story goes that in 1917, then King of Siam, King Vajiravudh saw the flag being flown upside down during a flood. To ensure that such a thing could never happen again, the King designed a symmetrical flag that would be right side up no matter how it was flown. The previous flag for the Kingdom of Siam was of an elephant with the royal crest on it.

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