Positioned in the heart of South East Asia, Thailand is one of the most gorgeous tourist destinations in the world, which leave a deep impact on the hearts of travelers that come from distant locations to revel in its exquisite beauty. The northern most part of the nation incorporates the villainous golden triangle where the borders of Thailand meet with those of Laos and Myanmar. Over eleven million travelers visit Thailand every year to glory in the beautiful beaches, scenic beauty, rural towns and different tourist destinations. The various highlights of this amazing nation make it popular as “The Land of Smiles”.
Thailand is bordered with Laos and Cambodia in the east, Andaman sea in the west, Malaysia and Gulf of Thailand in the south and Burma in the north. Capital of Thailand, Bangkok is known to be the largest city along with being a commercial, industrial and political center of the nation. Although, Thailand is a Buddhist country and a major part of the population practices Theravada Buddhism, but still the culture of this place is very much influenced by India.
Thailand was originally inhabited by humans in the Paleolithic period, that is, 10,000 years back and was greatly influenced by the Indian culture. In the year 1939, the official name of this Buddhist country was changed from Siam to Thailand. The name Siam was taken from ‘Sanskrit’, meaning dark or brown, but the name Thai-land was actually influenced from the name of an ethnic group called Thai people. This nation was never ruled by any European power which made it popular by the name “Land of the Free” and gradually democracy also became an active aspect in 1980’s.
The official language of Thailand is Kradai, as it is closely encircled with Laos and Shan in Burma. Majority of population practices Theravada Buddhism, but Muslims form the second largest religious group covering some major provinces namely Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani. As the culture of Thailand is very much influenced by Southeast Asia and so is the cuisine. The blend of tastes includes salty, sour, sweet, spicy and bitter making Thai cuisine one of the most delectable options to try while traveling around the country. From jasmine variety rice to appetizing desserts, sweet snacks and drinks, people can relish all the different flavors.
The turquoise waters and a warm cozy backdrop with the magnificent splendor of dusk at the beaches add to the overall experience of holidaying in this paradise. Vacationers can have a great time enjoying the scuba adventures at the islands of Andaman Sea where they can have the benefit of holidaying at very reasonable prices. A huge selection of beaches and islands provide an opportunity to the travelers where they can choose a location as per their individual preference.
All those people who love to get a kick out of the nightlife, Thailand is the best place where they can enjoy wild and rowdy crowd. The relaxed, safe and pleasurable nightlife offers a variety of options to the people from which vacationers can effortlessly make a choice. So, if you also wish to unwind your bodies and relax sometime from the hectic schedules of life, then plan a vacation to Thailand and spend some memorable moments with your family.