Thailand is a wondrous kingdom, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic
wildlife, and spectacular islands. Along with a fascinating history and a
unique culture that includes delectable Thai food and massage, Thailand
features a modern capital city, and friendly people who epitomize
Thailand’s “land of smiles” reputation.
While the official Thai language is widely spoken throughout Thailand,
many Thais also speak and understand English, though more so in Bangkok
and the major tourist areas. As visitors to Thailand also include many
Europeans and other Asians, Thai people's language skills often also
include these other languages to varying degrees. The Thai language
itself is challenging to master, but Thai people are happy to help
foreigners learn a few words to help them get around. However, English
is typically the common currency for cross-cultural conversation as
Thailand hosts visitors from around the world.
With so many
visitors, the Thailand communications system has many features that make
it very accessible to foreigners. In regards to telephone use, it is
possible to get a Thai SIM card at most international airports and both
rental mobile phones and SIM cards are readily available in destinations
including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. Workers in post offices
generally speak some English, and there are internet cafes throughout
Thailand that feature Skype headsets specifically to cater to visitors
wishing to communicate with friends and family back home. The Thailand
communications system is both modern and convenient for visitors to use.
The Thailand climate is controlled by tropical monsoons and the weather
in Thailand is generally hot and humid across most of the country
throughout most of the year. While Thailand’s seasons are generally
divided into the hot season, cool season, and rainy season, in reality
it’s relatively hot most of the year. The weather in central, northern,
and northeastern Thailand (the landlocked provinces) is determined by
three seasons, whereas the southern, coastal regions of Thailand feature
only two, making the weather in Thailand quite easy to understand and
plan a trip around.
In Thailand’s inland provinces the seasons
are clearly defined: Between November and May the weather is mostly dry
and the cool season and hot season occur from November to February and
March to May respectively.
The other inland season, the rainy
season, lasts from May to November and is dominated by the southwest
monsoon, during which time rainfall in most of Thailand is at its
The southern, coastal region of Thailand really has only two seasons –
rainy season and dry season. Fortunately, for those planning a beach
holiday, Thailand’s two coasts have slightly different rainy seasons,
allowing visitors to find sunny beaches nearly year round.
On the Andaman or west coast, where Phuket, Krabi, and the Phi Phi
Islands lie, the southwest monsoon brings heavy storms from April to
October, while on the Gulf of Thailand or east coast, where Koh Samui,
Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao lie, the most rain falls between September and
- Cool Season / November - February / 26 degree Celsius (°C)
- Hot Season / March - June / 32 degree Celsius (°C)
- Rainy Season / July - October / degree Celsius (°C)
The flower of the cassia fistula tree is the national flower of Thailand. This flower is known in Thai as ratchaphruek, is bright yellow in color and is referred to as the royal flower.
Thailand Travel Guide