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Thailand, officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country located in the center of mainland Southeast Asia. The country has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932 and the current monarch is King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Thai people highly respect the King and royal family. Furthermore, Thai people are also proud of their nation’s heritage, especially since the country is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never under colonial rule.
Today, Thailand is ranked as the number one most visited countries in the region. With its location in the tropics and its fascinating culture, it is no wonder that this country is a magnet for travelers from around the globe. Visitors can enjoy the country’s diverse ecosystem, including the rugged coastlines with blue waters along the southern peninsula, the bountiful rice fields of the central plains, the highland of the northeast, and the green forested hills of the northern frontier. Thailand is also known for its beautiful and friendly people who will welcome any visitor with warm smiles. Hence, the country is known as “the Land of Smiles.” In addition, visitors also come to the country for its relaxed lifestyle and relatively affordable living cost.
Thailand is home to around 69 million people who live across its 6 regions and 76 provinces. More than 12% of the population lives in its capital city, Bangkok. This rapidly growing city was named the world’s most-visited city for four consecutive years, welcoming around 22.78 million international visitors in 2019. Besides its world-famous nightlife and malls, the city also has thousands of gleaming historical temples, larger than life Buddha statue, and world-renowned drifting markets. Some of the most famous attractions in the country are Wat Pho, where visitors can see the Reclining Buddha, Wat Arun with beautiful ancient Khmer design and towering spires, as well as the Grand Palace with stunning architecture.
Those who want to experience a more laid-back atmosphere or indulge in Thai culture usually choose Chiang Mai as their destination. This city is known to have 300 temples, with Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Wat Chedi Luang among the most famous ones.
For people who want to experience Thailand’s famous beach lifestyle, Hua Hin and Pattaya are two of the most popular choices. Hua Hin is known as a romantic holiday destination for many people, while Pattaya is known as a nightlife hub. Visitors who dream of a true tropical island life mostly go to Phuket or Koh Samui. Both of these islands have white sandy beaches and blue seas, where visitors can spend their days sunbathing or swimming in the warm sea.
Most villas in Thailand have swimming pools and lush gardens. Some of the most luxurious villas come with their own private gym, Jacuzzi, spa massages, yoga retreat, in-villa cinema, and games room. If you are looking for a place to spend your holiday with a big group of friends or family, or you are looking for a place to live for your big family in Thailand, villas with 4 to 6 bedrooms are available. If you are looking for the perfect place for your honeymoon, or you are relocating to Thailand alone or with your small family, smaller villas with 1 to 3 bedrooms may be suitable for you. You can also choose between traditionally-styled villas with Thai architecture and interior or modern-style villas.
Besides the style and size, you can choose between serviced and non-serviced villas. Serviced villas aim to provide the most comfortable stay for you and your family/friends as you do not have to worry about such things as cleaning the villa. Some of the most expensive villas have their own staff, such as private drivers, butlers, chefs, and housekeepers. With non-serviced villas, you have to do everything yourself.
In terms of location, there are various options you can choose. From oceanfront and beachfront villas to mountaintop and lakeside villas, you can choose anything you want.
While the standard of living in Thailand has improved significantly, it is still relatively affordable when compared to the majority of Western countries. The official currency of the country is Thai Baht (฿) and with US$1 you can get around ฿3.17. This exchange rate is favorable if you come from a Western country and you should be able to live comfortably with a mid-range salary. It is important to note that the cost of living in Bangkok is typically higher than in any other area.
Thai people are known for their friendliness and warmth. Approximately 95% of the population adheres to Buddhism, but the Thai constitution guarantees religious freedom for its citizen. The official language is Thai, but English is widely spoken, particularly in tourist areas. Still, it is advisable to learn some common phrases in Thai before you visit or live in the country.
Thailand experiences a tropical climate, meaning the country is warm and humid throughout the year. The average temperature is around 28°C to 35°C, but it can get as hot as 40°C during the hot season, which runs from March to June. The temperature will decrease a little in the rainy season (July to October), but the humidity will rise and heavy rain will fall frequently.
If you plan to visit the country on holiday, you can apply for a tourist visa, which is valid for 60 days and can be extended for another 30 days. If you plan to stay long-term, you may need to apply for a non-immigrant visa, which is valid for 90 days and can be extended for 1 year.