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Overland Journeys: Indochina, Malay Peninsula

Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in Asia for tourists and backpackers alike. Many are drawn to the idyllic beaches, islands and tropical waters of Southern Thailand, inspiration for both party-goers and Hollywood films, though the perfect deserted beach is likely to remain a myth. However there's more to Thailand than sun and sand. In the northern mountains around the city of Chiang Mai, the country's rich cultural heritage can be explored, by trekking to villages of the numerous hill tribes who live in the area, exploring the hundreds of temples in the area, or taking a Thai cooking class. Elsewhere the remains of the Kingdom of Siam can be explored at Ayutthaya and Sukhothai whilst remote wildlife reserves off the chance to see endangered species in beautiful locations. Explore in depth highlights of Thailand.

Travel Information for Thailand
Time zone:GMT +7 (Southeast Asia time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Thai
Other languages:English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese
Currency: baht (THB)

1 = ฿0.00, $1 = ฿34.79, £1 = ฿46.26

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.thInternational Dialling Code:    66

For help planning your trip to Thailand including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Thailand trip planning page.

Further information on Thailand

Discover more about Thailand - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of thailand

Total area: 514,000 sq km (2,230 sq km under water)

Coastline: 3,219 km (Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand)

Neighbours (border lengths): Burma (1,800km), Cambodia (803km), Laos (1,754km), Malaysia (506km)

Climate: Tropical climate with a rainy, warm, cloudy southwest monsoon from mid-May to September and a dry, cool northeast monsoon from November to mid-March. The beaches and islands of the southern isthmus are always hot and humid.

Highest mountain: Doi Inthanon (2,576m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Thailand from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldNot Free -
Democracy IndexHybrid regime 93/167
Economic FreedomModerately Free 75/179
Press FreedomDifficult situation 132/179
ILGA LGBT rightsLimited rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 85/174
Overall Ranking:    123/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Kingdom of Thailand     Status: Independent Country

Population: 67,741,401 (rank: 20/196)     Density: 131.7 people/sq km (rank: 64/196)

Ethnic groups: Thai 75%, Chinese 14%, other 11%

Religions: Buddhist 94.6%, Muslim 4.6%, Christian 0.7%, other 0.1% (2000 census)

GDP (PPP): $673 billion       GDP per capita: $9,900 (rank: 95/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.