A Travellers Guide to Thailand

Formerly ‘Siam’, Thailand took on its present name in 1939 shortly after a adjust from absolute to constitutional monarchy.

For much of the time considering that then the military has been involved in government. An unbroken period of civilian rule that started in 1992 was ended with a 2006 military coup, suspension of the constitution and declaration of martial law.

An interim government has been formed and a new constitution is being drafted with elections promised in late 2007.

Roughly twice the size of the United Kingdom, Thailand has a comparable sized population. By far the largest city is Bangkok with a population of more than 9m.

Thailand has borders with Burma, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia. It is landlocked to the north but has a lengthy coastline to the south bordering onto the Gulf of Thailand to the south and east, and the Andaman sea to the west – where the key tourist resort of Phuket and neighbouring islands are to be discovered.

It was the south that was badly impacted by the tsunami surge wave that hit six provinces in 2004 resulting in 5 thousand deaths and eight thousand injuries.

The country’s main industries incorporate tourism and IT, electronics, and automobile manufacturing.

According to the Foreign Workplace Thailand’s economy produced a great recovery from the Asian financial crisis in 1997 with typical annual development of around 6 per cent amongst 2002 and 2004. But the sharp rises of globe oil costs, the tsunami disaster, and drought have dampened its economic growth to four and a half per cent in 2005.

Rising oil costs triggered inflation to increase to six per cent in the very first quarter of 2006. The Bank of Thailand reacted by raising the quick term interest rates.

The Foreign Workplace rates Thailand’s human rights record as ‘generally good’. Prior to the military coup it was 1 of the liveliest democracies in the region, it said. ‘The media was comparatively free and vibrant by regional standards, though government interference and self censorship had improved in recent years.

Demonstrations for or against past governments have been frequent and recent large scale street protests had passed off peacefully.

Even so, political activities are at present banned, as are groups of demonstrations involving far more than 5 people.

The Foreign Workplace prices the threat if terrorism all through Thailand as ‘high’. Attacks could be indiscriminate and against civilian targets in public locations such as these locations frequented by foreigners.

The ‘fluid border’ with Burma is also a potential difficulty with massive numbers of refugees, illegal immigrants and drugs crossing into Thailand. Relations with Cambodia have also brought on concerns in the previous.

The Foreign Office also warns guests that penalties for possession, distribution or manufacture of drugs are serious and can consist of the death penalty, which the Thai Government has used as a higher profile component of its fight against drugs.

Crime is also a potential difficulty like theft of passports and credit cards. Passport fraud is high and penalties are extreme, says the Foreign Office. By law, tourists are anticipated to carry their passports with them at all times in Thailand. There have been incidents exactly where vacationers have been arrested since they had been unable to generate their passport.

‘There has been a quantity of incidents exactly where tourists have had their drinks drugged (in both tourist areas and red light districts)’.

British passport holders could enter Thailand for up to thirty days, without having getting a visa in advance of arrival. Longer stays require an extension. ‘The only legal way of obtaining a new visa, entry permit or extension of stay is from a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate, an Immigration Officer at a point of entry into Thailand or a single of the Immigration Offices around the country’, says the Foreign Office.

Thailand climate has 3 seasons – monsoon (June to October), cool (November to February), hot (March to Could). The rainy season in significantly of Thailand commences in May with September and October getting the height of the monsoon season (November to March in Koh Samui and the south east of the Thai peninsula).

Thai law restricts foreigners’ land ownership possibilities. Restricted brief term investment is allowed, otherwise foreigners may personal leases of up to thirty years (renewable) or invest in land through registered companies in which Thai nationals own a majority.
Flying Thai Airways & ANA Company CLASS New York to Bangkok!

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