The Kingdom of Thailand is a country as unique to its Asian neighbors as it is to the rest of the globe. From the rugged mountains and colorful tribal villages of the north, and the gilded temples and palaces of Bangkok, to the turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the south: Thailand seduces travelers with its charm, traditions, distinctive culture, and the generous warmth of its people.
Embark on an unforgettable cruise along the River of Kings (Chao Phraya) or wander among the magnificent ruins and taste the romance and splendor of the ancient capitals of Ayuttaya and Sukhothal in Bangkok, the capital city. Visit Chiang Mai, which is still regarded today as a shopper's paradise for silk, silver, lacquer ware, and woodcarvings, hill tribe products and the famous hand-painted umbrellas. Explore Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong on an elephant safari or take a river trip in the Golden Triangle region. Or relax and stay on southern Thailand known as the paradise islands because it shimmers with the warm azure waters of the Gulf of Siam and the Andaman Sea. Rejuvenate on Phuket and enjoy the vast beaches and coral reefs perfect for snorkeling and swimming. No matter what type of destination wedding or honeymoon you've envisioned Thailand's diverse opportunities await you with endless possibilities.
For the newlywed couple looking for a perfect honeymoon, Thailand is just the right combination of everything romance, adventure and a countryside rich in history worthy of exploration. Thailand is stunningly beautiful with its serene and postcard perfect palm fringed tranquil beaches. In Bangkok, you can spend your time in heady night markets or take in a kickboxing match. Alternatively, you and your beloved can indulge in an afternoon of his-and-hers pampering with a Thai massage for two using local tonics and oils at a luxurious seaside spa. Or choose one of the many picturesque islands and beaches to sunbathe on or visit one of the 80 national parks where many species of wildlife roam. Pick an all-inclusive honeymoon package and enjoy the benefits of a honeymoon suite, High tea, daily breakfast for two, a romantic bath set-up, a mini spa gift, cultural cuisine, and exotic concoctions. In Thailand you will be treated like royalty on your honeymoon stay.
Time Zone: Thailand observes Greenwich Mean Time plus 7 hours.
Language: Thai is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially in establishments catering for tourists.
Currency: The Thai unit of currency is the baht, which is worth a little less than 4 US cents. US dollar traveler's checks can be conveniently cashed at all provincial banks and authorized money changers. Major international credit cards, such as American Express, Diners, Carte Blanche, Master Card and VISA are accepted by major banks, restaurants, hotels and shops.
Passports: Travelers are required to hold a passport valid for not less than 6 months before entry into Thailand. Before traveling, check that your embassy can replace your passport if it is misplaced. Make copies of the identification of yourself in case of emergency. If you lose your passport, contact the police and your embassy/consulate immediately.
Thailand has a warm, tropical climate affected by an annual monsoon, with a rainy season from June to October and a dry season the rest of the year. Temperatures average 75 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit, with the highest temperatures from March to May and the lowest in December and January. Tropical, rainy, warm, cloudy southwest monsoon from mid-May to September. Dry, cool northeast monsoon from November to mid-March, southern isthmus always hot and humid. There are three seasons: the cool season (November to February), the hot season (April to May), and the rainy season (June to October), though downpours rarely last more than a couple of hours.
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