Visiting Thailand


Thailand is an exotic kingdom, featuring Buddhist temples, unique wildlife and spectacular islands punctuated by azure waters and sun-drenched, golden beaches. Together with a rich and fascinating history, and a unique culture that includes delectable Thai foods, Thailand features a modern capital city in Bangkok and friendly people who epitomize Thailand’s “land of smiles” reputation.

Thailand is the 50th largest country in the world; located  15 degrees north of the equator, Thailand has a tropical climate, with temperatures typically ranging from 19 to 38 degrees celcius. Thailand’s largest peak, Doi Inthanon, is 2,565 metres in height. Thailand covers 510,890 sq km of land and 2,230 sq km of water – the Thail coastline is 3,219 km long. Thailand’s longest shared border is shared with Myanmar and stretches some 1,800 km.

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Thailand is a very popular holiday destination for Australians, who visit for many reasons including:

  • To relax on a tropical island
  • Shopping
  • Food
  • Culture
  • Special events
  • Sporting events
  • Commerce
  • Entertainment
  • Backpacking

The currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht – Baht come in both coin and banknote form. The size of Thai currency, both coins and bills increases with value and varies in color.

Thailand offers wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget, with hotels across Thailand being some of the finest in the world. You can choose from five star luxury spa retreats, family-run beachfront bungalows, self-contained apartments, hotels or guest houses. There is a hotel in Thailand for every type of visitor and for every budget, with prices at their lowest during Thailand’s off-peak season (May – Aug) with the most expensive prices experienced during the cool season of December to February.

Thailand is reputed world wide for its hospitality, fresh produce and amazing service – all with a beaming smile. Three-wheeled Tuk-Tuks are common across Thailand and Bangkok’s best known form of public transport, and an effective and economical way to explore Bangkok.

Thailand has countless attractions. They include diving and snorkeling sites, sandy, golden beaches, hundreds of tropical islands, nightclubs, archaeological sites, museums, remote tribes and villages, flora and bird life, palaces, Buddhist temples, theme and amusement parks and several World Heritage sites. Many tourists follow courses during their stay in Thailand, with Thai cooking classes being particularly popular. Buddhism and traditional Thai massage are also taught in many areas across the Kingdom of Thailand. Thai national festivals are popular, with the Thai New Year Songkran to Loy Krathong popular with locals and visitors alike. Many localities in Thailand also have their own local festivals; amongst the best-known are the Elephant Round-up in Surin, the Rocket Festival in Yasothon and the Phi Ta Khon festival in Dan Sai.

Thai cuisine has become famous worldwide with its enthusiastic use of fresh herbs and spices – no visit to Thailand is complete with tasting and experiencing exotic Thai cooking, including that provided by street vendors throughout the land.