Thailand

OVERVIEW

EVIVA TOUR VIETNAM offers a tailor-made tour package to help visitors discover the sights and sounds of Thailand.

A fascinating mélange of modern energy and a rich, dynamic history as well as blessed nature, it would be a tough work to summarize the diversity of Thailand. A beautiful country at the center of the Indochinese peninsula in Mainland Southeast Asia, Thailand has everything from bursting metropolis to barely-touched hill tribes, from plenty of paradise beaches on two coastlines to mysterious mountainous interior. Travelers can hardly resist the attractiveness of fresh seafood, delicious noodle dishes, and innumerable curries. Above all, perhaps the most authentic charm of Thai culture is the fiercely carefree yet distinctly friendly Thai people, earning this country the moniker “The Land of Smiles.”

Controlled by tropical monsoons, the climate of Thailand is generally hot and humid over most of the country. While the southern region of Thailand does not hold diversity in temperature range throughout the year, weather northern cities are clearly divided into seasons though mountains are always isolated cool.

The cooler season starts from November to February, when rain is less common and typical temperatures are a bit lower. This is traditionally the most favored time for tourists.

From March to June, the climate of Thailand reaches its peak of heat, ass high as 40°C. Fortunately, Sea breezes in coastal areas provide natural air-con that makes lying on the southern beaches at this time of year can be great.

Beginning in July and lasting through October— not until September does the peak of this season happen —Thailand experiences a high number of monsoons. However in Thailand, it’s more likely to consist of flash-flood afternoon showers than a relentless drizzle for days. Be prepared with a raincoat or an umbrella.

SITES & PLACES

Bangkok

Old-world charm and modern convenience, both are served up in this political, economic, cultural, culinary, and spiritual capital of Thailand. Originate from a small village on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is now a tropical metropolis and supercharged city with impressive golden palaces and temples, hustle local markets, vibrant nightlife along with vast shopping complexes.

Just 14 degrees north of the Equator, this vibrant city has so much to offer. Travellers can visit various Buddhist temples or “Wat” like Wat Traimit, Wat pho, or Wat Arun, care-freely amble around the Grand Palace, shopping at Pratunam or Siam Square, calm down your mind while observing the everyday life of the locals on a cruise floating on Chao Phraya river, or venture down in between the ultimate different booths of Chatuchak Market. Plus the amazing street food serving on every step off the street, Bangkok with no doubt is one of the world’s most must-visited cities.

Phuket Town, Thailand

Phuket is a colorful place where the idleness parallels with excitement. The ornate temples and lively cafes of Old Town are most featured spots to be discovered. Check out the Shrine of the Serene Light, the savory Nguan Choon Tong herb shop, and the nearby Thai Amulet Market to bring home some little trinkets. Don’t miss a chance to join in a performance at the legend Siam Niramit Phuket theater, a genuine cultural beauty.

For visitors who love ancient architecture and historic sites, Phuket has it own unique ancient town which still remain as stunning as it was in 19 century. Phuket ancient town is truly an attractive destination with the barely touched heritage of the Baba community, a mix of Hokkien Chinese and Thais, demonstrated in their architecture, commerce, and dressing. Go to Phi Phi Island to enjoy the peaceful and marvelous beach where James Bond, Star Wars, Bridget Jones, and The beach were filmed. Here you can find many astonishing works of the Thai people’s hands like The Big Buddha statue or Wat Chalong. You may also want to see some Muay Thai battles, the pride of Thailand and in Phuket, in Soi Sai Namyen gymnasiums, or be amazed by many famous performers and circus elephant, dog, and tiger in Simon Cabaret Show and Phuket FantaSea Show.

Pattaya, Thailand

Situated on the Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast, 147 kilometers southeast of Bangkok Pattaya is usually labeled as a never-switched-off city. This vibrant coastal city emerged since the early 1980s is not only famous as a city with the wonderful coastline. Called “the ghost city”, Pattaya leaves its quiet and peaceful appearance when the sun comes down then unveil a crowded and blissful scenery. Hot adult shows along with drinking and partying usually last until dawn.

In a very pleasant contrary, family-friendly Jomtien Beach with 6 km straight of sand is rather a reticent place. Clean uncluttered sea, sandy shore, and fringed pine trees are perfectly suited for a leisurely day in a very tropical lifestyle. Day trips to nearby island groups are popular diversions. With 21 courses to choose, Pattaya golf course is one of the most diverse areas for playing golf in Thailand.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Home to hundreds of over 300 embellished temples – Chiang Mai located in the northern mountains Thailand. Its Old City area that dates back to the 1200s still preserves its cultural and religious vestiges in each wall and moats. The fresh climate-cool air, barefoot monks collecting alms, street vendors sell wares by their carts. All create an oriental extraordinary picture of a featured Asia city. Tourist want to get closer to the local culture can join in plenty of ways like pick up fresh herbs in cloth bundles, afterward join in either a local medicine hospital or a culinary school, camping under the star in the natural parks, visiting the village of ethnic minority or just go along trying all kinds of authentic dishes you encounter on the streets.

Resemblance most of the cities in Thailand, Chiang Mai cannot reject the breath of a modern life. In fact, trendy bars, hotels, and restaurants mingle with ancient temples all through the city. Travelers can also find adventure activities, such as white-water rafting, trekking or motorbike tours seeing Chiang Mai from a balloon or, and a wide range of spas. “A rose of northern” as it is named, picturesque Chiang Mai is a place of natural beauty, sights, temple, festival, delicious Thai food, unique services that you could not miss when going to Thailand.

Doi Saket, Thailand

Doi Saket is a small district in the east of Chiang Mai, where many famous temples like Phrathat Doi Saket Temple and luxury resorts like Horizon Village & Resort, Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort, Rabeang Pasak Tree House Resort which has a unique design with rooms decorated and designed just like tree houses. For sightseeing, the best of Doi Saket are Tweechol Botanic Garden and Doi Saket Orchid Farm. You can also see Doi Saket from height inside a balloon.

Food and restaurant, of course, can not be missed. In Doi Saket there are many tasty restaurants with the various styles alongside with Thai style such as Italian style (Sole & Luna Restaurant and Homestay, Sole&Luna Italian Restaurant, Pizza Plus), American style (Lakeside Restaurant & Bar), Chinese style (Tara Restaurant at Papai Country Lodge) or India style (India Grill). Rural Doi Saket provides a lovely respite from the more congested tourist spots in Thailand. A giant Buddha welcomes visitors to the ornate Phrathat Doi Saket Temple, which is adorned with unusually contemporary murals. Sophisticated Nature lovers will appreciate the manicured topiaries of Tweehol Botanical Garden and the rainbow assortment of fragrant flowers at Doi Sakey Orchid Farm.

Krabi Town, Thailand

Krabi — “a new heaven of the south” — is a resort town lying in an area of limestone karsts and mangrove forest along Andaman beach. About 11h travelling by air from Bangkok this “heaven” is well-known for its blessed nature, from the marvellous white-sand coast with a lovely turquoise sea of the Ao Nang beaches to the gilded Buddhist shrines hidden out on Tiger Cave, from the Town Walking Street Thanon Khon Dern to bowls of Kaeng som (Sour Curry) a luscious amalgam of sweet and sour balanced with the fiery spice.

One of the must-visit attractions in Krabi is the stunning Sra Morakot – the Emerald Lake a crystal natural pool surrounded by one of the most biodiversity tropical forest in the southern Thailand. The Emerald Lake is heavenly fresh and cool with the water supplied from underground springs coming from the hill. Visitors can also walk through the jungle, enjoy the humid air of the tropics, the smells of exotic flowers and may encounter rare species living in this ancient woodland.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Facts
1. Thailand was actually named Siam until 1939 (and again from 1945 to 1949).
2. With approximately 67 million people, Thailand is now the world’s 20th most populous country,
3. Buddhist accounted for around 90% of Thai people are.
4. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, just like England.
5. Thailand currency is Baht (Code: THB , Symbol: ฿)
6. Thailand is the world’s largest exporter of rice.
7. Stepping on any Bath is illegal.
8. Bangkok once had dozens of canals and its building stood on stilts. Most have now been filled.
9. Siamese cat is native to Thailand with blue eyes, black face, common, ash fur and separate in two kinds: traditional cat and modern.
10. “The art of eight limbs” – Muay Thai boxing is Thailand’s national sport.
11. The capital of Thailand is actually named “Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahinthara Yutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udom Ratchaniwet Mahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukamprasit”, this is longest city name in record. In consumption, it means “the city of angels”, “the Emerald Buddha’s residence”, “the capital of the world”, and “happy city”.
12. The Garuda is the national and royal symbol of Thailand.
13. Elephant polo is a very popular pastime.
14. Thais must always keep their head lower than that of anyone older or more important than them.
15. It is illegal to drive shirtless in Thailand.
16. Thailand was voted the world’s fifth friendliest country according to Rough Guides readers.
Tips
Use the wai, the traditional Thai’s gesture of greeting. Just gently put your hands together with the tips of the fingers just below the chin to say “Hi!”.
● Remember to take your shoes off at Buddhist temples, traditional buildings, and private houses.
● Avoid touching anyone’s head. It is considered the most sacred part of the body. If you accidentally do it, immediately apologize.
● Dress appropriately for the occasion. Don’t ưear revealing clothes to religious sites and government offices.
● Light cotton clothes are rather a good idea for most tourists in Thailand due to the generally hot and wet weather. In addition, laundry service is cheap and widely available.
● Palm up your hand to indicate a particular person instead of pointing your finger.
● Show respect to the Thai Royalty, Thai people, Thailand, and Buddhism.
● Don’t forget to bring yours toothpaste and toothbrush since most hotels in Thailand don’t provide them in case of diseases disease transmissions so.
● Try not to lose your cool in Thailand where saving face is the rule because it won’t help you solve the problems.
● Bargain is acceptable and necessary in most of the shopping venues. You may want to go look around shops nearby to get the best price.
● If you would like information on an official Thai Consulate worldwide, visit the website of Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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