Minty visits Thailand
This week Minty Bear has visited Thailand to see why people holiday there.
Hi Minty what options did you have to travel to Thailand?
Well Steve, a number of airlines fly direct to Thailand British Airways, Thai Airways while other airlines like Finnair and Jet Airways break the flights at either Helsinki or Mumbai. Also there are six international airports in Thailand so dependent upon where you are going will depend where you fly into.
What does the work Thailand mean?
The word Thailand means ‘Land of the Free’
How many people live in Thailand?
From the idyllic Islands to the bustling cities, there are 77 provinces, housing more than 68 million people. In addition it has long enticed an additional 16 million tourists per year. It is friendly, colourful & bursting with culture and is known as ‘The Land of Smiles’ and that’s we so many people holiday there.
Where are the best places to visit?
Bangkok is one of the most exciting non-stop places to visit in the world. This 24-hour destination is packed with things to see and do, from golden Buddhas to skytrains, night markets to colourful nightlife.
If you want to connect with the real Thailand go to Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai. As you trek through the jungle of the north you discover amazing wildlife and then visit the nomadic tribes whose lifestyles have barely changed in over 700 years.
Yes but what about the true holiday destinations?
Some may say the hustle & bustle of Bangkok is their true holiday destination. But if it’s sunshine and beaches, then how about the beach resort and entertainment mecca, Pattaya, it’s Thailands playground. Its neighbour, Jomtien, offers a similar experience albeit at a slower pace. The get-away Island of Koh Samui has become one of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Koh Chang also offers sandy coves and laidback atmosphere.
I’ve heard of an island that throws one of the biggest parties in Thailand each month at the full moon. Where is that then?
it’s recognised as one of the most magical, stunning islands in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Phangan has an abundance of coconut palm framed beaches and crystal clear waters.
Everyone has heard of Phuket but what about the surrounding places what do they have to offer?
White sandy beaches and lush tropical forest combined with plentiful entertainment make Phuket a popular holiday destination for everyone. Koh Phi Phi is set in a magnificent bay with a curving white sandy beach. With no roads and a jungle-like terrain, you really feel like you’ve escaped to a tropical paradise.
62 miles north of Phuket, Khoa Lak is an area of gorgeous natural beaches and endless stretches of coastline. Inland, the National Parks and Rainforests of Khao Lak and Khao Sok are nearby while one of the worlds’ top ten dive sites, the Similan Islands, are just an hour offshore.
Finally, an unspoilt region of outstanding natural beauty, Krabi is one of southern Thailands’ most idyllic beach resorts and has a gentle laid-back feel. The souths’ best kept secret is how Koh Lanta has been described. With its abundance of graceful palms, quiet beaches and inviting waters its like stepping into paradise.
Do tourists need a Visa to gain entry to Thailand?
British citizens entering Thailand must have a valid 10-year passport with at least 6 months validity on the date of return to the UK. British passport holders arriving by air or land can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa – this is known as a visa exemption. It’s possible to extend your stay beyond the 30 days granted by the visa exemption by an additional 30 days from the expiry date of the original visa. To extend your visa you’ll need to apply at an immigration office. For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand
When is the best time to holiday there?
Thailand’s peak season is between November and February when the climate is drier and slightly cooler, while the hottest period is April to May. May to October tends to have higher rainfall but there should still be plenty of sunshine and this is the time to benefit from the greatest value and less crowded beaches. There are seasonal variations between beach resorts – for example, the east coast beach resorts of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan generally have more sun and less rain from May through until June. Northern Thailand is generally cooler than Bangkok in the winter and hotter in the summer.
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Minty’s Pub Quiz Trivia
- The longest place name in the world is the full name of Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. It means “City of Angels, Great City of Immortals, Magnificent City of the Nine Gems, Seat of the King, City of Royal Palaces, Home of Gods Incarnate, Erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s Behest
- Thailand’s name in the Thai language is Prathet Thai, which means “Land of the Free.” It is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized by a European nation.
- Thailand is home to the world’s largest gold Buddha, the largest crocodile farm, the largest restaurant, the longest single-span suspension bridge, and the world’s tallest hotel
- Thailand shares a border with four countries: Myanmar (formerly Burma) to the north and west, Laos to the north and east, Cambodia to the southeast, and Malaysia to the south.
- In the past, all Thai young men including the kings became Buddhist monks for at least a short period of time before their 20th birthday. Today, fewer young men observe the practice
- Seventy five percent of the people in Thailand are Thai, 14% are Chinese, and 11% are “other.
- One-tenth of all animal species on Earth live in Thailand
- More than 1,500 species of orchids grow wild in Thai forests. Thailand is the world’s number one orchid exporter.
- A century ago, more than 100,000 elephants lived in Thailand, with about 20,000 of them untamed. Now, there are about 5,000, with less than half of them wild.
- World-famous golfer Tiger Woods is the son of an American father and a Thai mother.
- The brothers who gave the world the term “Siamese twins” were born in 1811 in a village near Bangkok. The twins Eng and Chang were joined at the chest and left Thailand for the U.S when they were 17 years old. Each brother married, and between them they had 22 children. In 1873, Eng caught pneumonia and died. Chang died a few hours later.
- In Thailand, the head is the most important part of the body. Consequently, no one must ever touch another person, even a child, on the head. Thais always try to keep their heads lower than the head of any person who is older or more important, to show respect