About Thailand

 Dive head first into the unknown, enrich and change lives as you teach and venture through the Kingdom of Thailand.

About Thailand

 

 Dive head first into the unknown, enrich and change lives as you teach and venture through the Kingdom of Thailand.
Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand covers a total area of approximately 513,000 square kilometers (198,000 square miles) and is the 50th largest country in the world and the 12th largest in Asia!

Thailand consists of 76 provinces split into 6 regions: North, Northeast, Central, South, East, and West.

The north of the country borders Myanmar and Laos. The northernmost point is Chiang Mai province, with many tourist attractions. The south of the country is next to Malaysia and the Gulf of Thailand offering many adventures, activities and beautiful islands and beaches. The east of Thailand borders Cambodia and Laos, offering half mountain, half ocean, with many stunning locations to visit. The west of the country is next to Myanmar and the Andaman Sea is a mountainous region that boasts woodlands, waterfalls, and dams, which is why there are a number of national parks in the area. The Northeast features some of the beautiful northern highlands and also gorgeous plateaus. Hom Mali Rice (Thai Jasmine Rice) is grown here and exported all over the world. Central Thailand is mainly plains and is a huge area for rice farming and agriculture.

The north of the country borders Myanmar and Laos. The northernmost point is Chiang Mai province, with many tourist attractions. The south of the country is next to Malaysia and the Gulf of Thailand offering many adventures, activities and beautiful islands and beaches. The east of Thailand borders Cambodia and Laos, offering half mountain, half ocean, with many stunning locations to visit. The west of the country is next to Myanmar and the Andaman Sea is a mountainous region that boasts woodlands, waterfalls, and dams, which is why there are a number of national parks in the area. The Northeast features some of the beautiful northern highlands and also gorgeous plateaus. Hom Mali Rice (Thai Jasmine Rice) is grown here and exported all over the world. Central Thailand is mainly plains and is a huge area for rice farming and agriculture.

Interesting facts about Thailand:

 

  • Thailand is a relatively new name for the country, it was known as Siam up until 1939.
  • The Southwest and Northeast monsoon winds are the key influencers of Thailand’s climate.
  • Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonised by a European country.
  • Thailand is the second-largest exporter of rice in the world, the most esteemed being Jasmine Rice which is indigenous to the country.
  • Rice is a staple at all meals, including breakfast and dessert. This is very important food source in Thailand.
  • Shaking hands is not common in Thailand. A typical Thai greeting is the “Wai”. The higher you raise your hands during the Wai greeting, the more polite.
  • Buddhism is so highly regarded in the country, it is traditional for men to become monks at some point before they are 20 years old, even if it’s just for a short period of time.
  • During the full moon in February, the entire nation celebrates the festival of Makha Puja one of the most important dates on the Buddhist calendar. Candlelight processions at the temples occur after sunset and are quite beautiful.
  • Both the smallest mammal, the bumblebee bat, and the largest fish, the whale shark, are found in Thailand.
  • Thailand has stinky fruits (Durian) and is banned from public transport.
    Thailand has five UNESCO World
  • Heritage sites: Ayutthataya, Sukhoithai, Dong Phayayen-Khao, not-very-widely-known Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries on the border of Myanmar and the archeological site of Ban Chiang, where a human dwelling has been unearthed that dates back to 1495 BC and is considered the most significant archeological site in Southeast Asia.
  • The Thai language has 44 consonants and 32 vowels.
  • Bangkok is currently the world’s most visited city, coming in first place in both 2016 and 2017.
Map of Thailand