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Information Of Thailand
The Kingdom of Thailand is situated in the heart of Southeast Asia at the Gulf of Thailand (Siam) covering an area of 513,115 sq.km., roughly the size of France. The population of Thailand is estimated at around 65 million, vast majority of whom are of Thai ethnicity. An ethnic group, as presumed by historians, had originated in the northern areas of Asia and then steadily migrated further south. Being detached from external civilizations for the most part of its two and half Millennia long and full of mysteries history, not so long ago the Kingdom of Thailand had widely opened its gates, turning into the major Southeast Asia tourist destination.
By and large, Thailand borders troubled countries of the region, as shown on the Reginal Map. Myanmar (Burma) is on the Northwest of Thailand, Malaysia on the South alongside the Malay Peninsula, Cambodia on the Southeast, and Laos on the East along the Mekong River.
Far and away infamous for its opium growing activities, the Golden Triangle converges Thailand's northernmost jungle area at the border point with Laos and Burma. Golden Triangle lies on the spit of land formed by joins of the Ruak River and the mighty Mekong River. Myanmar lies across the Ruak River and Laos is across the Mekong. Opium poppies are started growing in September-October and are harvested during February-March. After flowering the bulbs are scribed with a razor at ~20 cuts per bulb. A milky sap seeps out and blackens as it oxidizes. Rub off some with a spoon and it is ready for smoke. It only takes about a gram of that substance for a smoke. Five kilograms of sap will extract some five grams of heroin.
Thailand ClimateBeing located in the tropical climatic zone (merely two fingers above the Equator), there are only two major seasons that is possible to distinguish in Thailand:
• The Rainy Season (a so called Monsoon Season) is from June until September, and
• The Dry Season is the rest of the year.
These two seasons, the wet and the dry, rule the year. And albeit the fact that Al Nino effect had altered a bit the clime patterns, making rains less predictable, the temperature in central and southern regions is above 30ºC (~86ºF) most of the time, doesn't matter a season. So, there is no need for warm clothing.
Here you can see the current temperatures in major Thai cities and provinces.Simply click on a city name below for detailed weather forecasts for that area.
On the whole, weather is always
perfect in Thailand with April and May being the hottest months.
Visitors used to colder climates may be forgiven for assuming that from
May to November it is hot and wet. The truth is the warm glow covering
the perfect landscape is occasionally broken by gentle raindrops falling
to earth like petals to enrich the fertile soil. This is called the ‘low
tourist season’ because there are fewer tourists and business is
dormant. There are several advantages for traveling during that time, as
the rains are just cooling and refreshing. And it gets especially
pleasant on the beaches, where the water temperature is around 25ºC.
Moreover, one can enjoy a broad variety of seasonable fruits, vegetables
and other sea and land delicacies at great saving.
Thai language doesn't resemble any
other languages except maybe the Lao (Laotian) language. It is a rather
complex tonal language with its unique alphabet (consisting of 44
consonants and 32 vowels) and numbering. In written Thai, there are no
spaces between words, just between phrases or sentences. Also, it is
important to mention that the choice of spoken language (wording and
vocabulary), partially establishes the class, position and
respectability of the person. Thailand is very much a class conscious
society, and there are different ways of saying the same thing in Thai.
A lower status choice of words, phrases and pronounciations often heard
on the streets (street lexicon), or the high class choice of language,
well-mannered and polite.
Some of Thai foods cooking