Thailand, referred to as the Land of Smiles as the people are so warm and friendly and greet you with a lovely smile. Over 12 million tourists visit Thailand each year as Thailand has so much to offer for a relaxing or an action packed holiday.
Thailand has a tropical climate so is warm all year round. From the amazing cultural sites of Bangkok, to jungle trekking and white water rafting in the north, to the amazing tropical islands in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman sea, Thailand has something to offer all tastes. On top of this Thailand's amazing food and it's cheap prices make the country an awesome holiday destination.
Check out these funny signs you will only see in Thailand!
Songkran is Thailand's Water Festival and one of the most lively, interesting and wet festival in the world. The festival celebrates Thailand's New Year and occurs in the hottest time of the year around April.
Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival - Buddhist Lent - a yearly event with processions of bee wax candles. Also candles are donated to the local Buddhist temples. Locals believe giving these candles to the temples will bring good luck and fortuned.
Lopburi Monkey Banquet is held in the Lopburi Province Thailand 150kms north of Bangkok during the last weekend of November. The local people in this province believe the long-tailed macaques that live in the jungle protect the town from external dangers. Every year, the locals pay protection money by throwing a feast for the monkeys. Around 3000 macaques come to the celebration with colour tables setup filled with fruit and vegetables.
Bun Bang Fai is the rocket festival which is held in the Phya Thaen Park, Yasothon, north-eastern Thailand in the second week of May each year. 3 Days of celebrations in the Isaan province to encourage good rain for the coming season for farming.
Phi Ta Khon Festival - Festival of the dead - celebrating the last appearance of the Lord Buddha. Celebrated in the North East of Thailand also celebrated across the border in Laos. I lively festival with music and dance and precessions of people wearing masks.
Dangers - Pickpockets - Anywhere in Thailand that is a tourist destination has the threat of pickpockets - people who try to steal wallets, bags and camera. The pick pockets are not limited to the poor Thai people but also to Non-Thai (dodgy Backpackers) who are trying to make some money for their extended holidays. Always be careful with your personal items like wallets, bags, purses and cameras.
Dangers - Scams - be on alert to the many scams that are often prevalent in tourist areas around the world. This includes the dodgy Tuk-tuk and taxi drivers who will tell you a certain tourist attraction is closed today and offer you an alternate destination like a jewelry shop or tailor shop to visit instead. This is most common around the Grand Palace in Bangkok with many dodgy people approaching you to tell you that the Grand Palace is closed today and they can take you elsewhere. There are even loudspeaker announcements now around the Grand Palace advising you to not trust the people around the outside of the Grand Palace advising you it is closed. The Grand Palace is open everyday from 8.30am - 3.30pm.
Dangers - More Scams - In other tourists areas like Phuket you will get friendly Europeans coming up to you saying they are not selling anything but show you brouchures for various hotels and resorts around Phuket.
Annoyances - The Traffic in Bangkok - Bangkok has some of the busiest traffic in the world. If you are planning to get around by taxi or buses then make sure you plan ahead and leave extra time to get through the crazy traffic in Bangkok. The SkyTrain is an excellent and cheap way to get around Bangkok but it does not travel everywhere.
Crazy Traffic in Bangkok - one of the annoyances of travelling in Thailand