Thailand has some of the greatest architectural masterpieces in the world. Some of the greatest styles of martial arts also come from Thailand.
There are many different aspects of this magnificent country. Thailand is located in southern Asia and it borders Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Myanmar (Burma). There are four major types of land. In the north are towering mountains. In the Northeast is a rolling landscape of plateaus and is sometimes plagued by drought. In the center of Thailand are very fertile plains, the perfect atmosphere for growing rice. And finally in the south is the dense tropical rain forest.
Thailand has a very tropical climate with three informal seasons: cool, hot, and rainy. Almost all of Thailand with exception of the mountain region is very humid. Temperatures range from 8 degrees Celsius at night to a scorching 38 degrees Celsius or higher in the day during the hottest months.
The countries rich soil and abundant water supply provide ideal conditions for growing rice. Thailand produces plenty of rice for it’s people and has enough left over to be the worlds largest exporter of it. In addition to the rice fields, Thailand has an abundance of Mulberry trees, necessary for producing silk.
Also in the south grow Rubber trees vital for the economy. Other crops produce a variety of tropical fruits including pineapples, oranges, grapes, melons, mangoes, papayas, and bananas. In addition to the preceding fruit widely known in the United States, they also grow fruits that are very rarely found here in the states except for in a few Asian markets. These fruits are lansata, rambutans, tamarinds, longans, mangosteens, jackfruits, durian, and sapodillas.
Things Not to Miss in Thailand
You may not be able to cover the whole country in one vacation, but here are the cities, islands and activities you absolutely can’t miss when you travel to Thailand:
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar – Visit the famous Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai, Thailand for great bargain shopping on cheap brand name goods as well as local items.
Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the splendid Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Wat Phra Kaew is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha housed in the temple is a potent religio-political symbol and the palladium of Thai society.
Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha)- This historic temple features a gilded exterior, exhibitions & a massive golden statue of Buddha.
Shop in Bangkok’s Siam Square, and enjoy the city’s nightlife
Relax on the tropical beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui
Visit the temples and churches of Chiang Rai
Take in the lush greenery and ancient cities of Chiang Mai
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