The Land of Smiles, Amazing Thailand
"Friendly and fun-loving, cultured and historic, Thailand radiates a golden hue, from its glittering temples and tropical beaches through to the ever-comforting Thai smile." - Lonely Planet
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Thailand is one of the most Buddhist nations on Earth with 95% of the population identifying as such. Buddhist monks are not allowed to have any physical contact with anyone of the opposite gender so please be careful & clear their way.
While visiting temples in Thailand, visitors are expected to dress modestly by covering shoulders and knees. Be prepared to be turned away if you're not dressed appropriately. Some temples offer sarongs for additional pay.
Songkran is one of the world's largest water festivals and takes place in one of the hottest months of the Thai year - April. It also signals the start of the Thai New Year. By the way, Thailand is 543 years ahead of the Gregorian Calendar!
If you're not a fan of the water, perhaps some fire instead? Another famous Thai festival is Yi Peng which coincides with Loy Krathong in November. The festivals are filled with lanterns, fireworks & parades.
It is illegal to step on Thai Baht - or any image of the Royal Family. Thais adore their monarchy so disrespecting them is not only uncool, it's illegal.
It is considered disrespectful to touch someone on their head, to point with your feet or to face the sole of your feet at someone.
Not only is the Thai capital Thailand’s largest city but one-tenth of the entire Thai population live in Bangkok. Made up of Pali and Sanskrit root words, Bangkok’s ceremonial name is, ‘Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.’ Phew! What a mouthful. The name means, ‘City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra‘s behest.’