Treatyland

Introduction To Thailand

Few countries are so well endowed as Thailand with its breathtaking natural beauty, inspiring temples, renowned hospitality, robust cuisine and ruins of kingdoms. Thai is the official language. It is a complicated language with its own alphabet, and being tonal, the way a word is pronounced can give it different meanings. The population is about 65 million, 95 percent Buddhist and 4 percent Muslim, and they are 75 percent Thai, 11 percent Chinese, 3.5 percent Malay and Mon, Khmer, Phuan and Karen minorities constitute the rest. It is a constitutional monarchy, with the King as the Head of State, and the Prime Minister as the Head of Government.

Thailand is a land of natural wonders and cultural marvels. Highland trekking, national parks, island to explore, ancient cities, temple architecture, and traditional crafts – it would take years to see it all! The local climate is tropical and characterised by monsoons. There is a rainy, warm, and cloudy southwest monsoon from mid-May to September, as well as a dry, cool northeast monsoon from November to mid-March. The best time to visit Thailand is November to March — a dry, cool period, and the beaches are at their best. From the stupas dotting the mountains of Mae Hong Son and the verdant limestone islands of the Andaman Sea, the dance clubs of Bangkok and the sleepy villages along the Mekong River, Thailand offers something for everyone.

The main gateway for tourists is through Bankok’s new international airport named Suvarnabhumi Airport (Golden Land), a modern airport with services and facilities to make air travel as comfortable as possible.