To help you discover the beauty of Thailand, we would like to share some information and guidelines to deepen your understanding of Asian and Thai culture. The relaxed and slow pace of life contrasts strongly with the western lifestyle. The friendliness and openness of Northern Thai people is an eye-opener.
Thailand has a population of 65 million people and is a constitutional monarchy.
King Bhumibol, who had been on the throne since 1946, and highly respected by all Thai people, past away on October 13th 2016. Queen Sirikit & King Bhumibol’s only son accepted the Throne, his name is king Vajiralongkorn. Although he does not have direct power in the constitution, he commands moral authority, which he uses on occasion to resolve political crises that could threaten national stability.
Thailand is one of the most devoutly Buddhist countries in the world. The national religion is Theravada Buddhism, a branch of Mahayana Buddhism, practiced by 95 % of all Thais. Other religions such as lslam, Christianity and Hinduism may be practiced in full freedom. Buddhism has a strong influence on daily life. The temple is the heart of social and religious life. Monks go for alms early in the morning and live from local people’s generous donations.
There are three different seasons in Thailand with every season having its own beauty. November to February is the cool season and is the most popular time of the year for tourists. Daytime temperatures are between 20 to 25°C. The temperature starts to rise in March. April and May are the hot summer months. In June the first rain starts to fall and the rainy season lasts until the beginning of October. During and after rainy season everything is colorful, fresh and green. The weather is unpredictable and can be sunny for days or non-stop rain.
More then ten different ethnic groups emigrated from China, Tibet and Burma due to political unrest. They all have different customs, languages and clothing. Tribes that emigrated from China (Hmong, Yao) usually live in huts on the ground, whereas Hill Tribes from Burma live in houses on stilts (Karen, Akha, Lisu). Hill Tribe people live in a simple way, in close relationship with nature.
Thai Food and Water Hygiene
$ 1 is about 34 to 35 Thai Baht
Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz AC
·If you make a mistake, just smile or ‘wai’ and you will be forgiven.