Travel to Thailand
Thailand - the Kingdom of Southeast Asia. Geographical location belongs to the north of Malacca and southwest Indochina. It shares the border with Laos and Cambodia in the east, with Myanmar in the west, with Malaysia in the south. 75 years ago the country was called Siam. Cardinal changes came after absolute independence from European countries.
In Thailand, the tropical monsoon andSaved climate. The central part of the kingdom is conditionally divided into 3 seasons: hot, rainy and cool. The peak of the heat comes in March and lasts until May. The air temperature reaches +42 degrees. Then comes the season of heavy rains, and the mark of the thermometer drops to + 26 + 32. In November comes coolness, which pleases the Thai with a moderate temperature from +18 to +32 Celsius. This weather lasts until February.
In the north of Thailand in the winter cool, better with yourselfTake a few warm things. In the south of the country, March-November brings rain, it is better to rest at the end of winter. As such, there is no single rainy season in the kingdom. Each part of the country at a certain time of year is subject to its own weather. It is worth noting: from June to August comes the southeast monsoon, then the annual rainfall falls. In the foothills there are showers, then with the onset of sunset rain clouds move to the area of Bangkok and Pattaya.
Traditions and etiquette
Thai color is multifaceted, and some features of culture can not be ignored:
- Thais know: it is strictly forbidden to express discontent, complain and insult the royal family. There were situations when people were sent for jail for such liberties.
- Handshake is not accepted. As a greeting, the "wai" gesture is used. This is when the hands touch at the level of the nose. And the higher the hands rise (for example, at the level of the forehead), the higher the rank and status of the person to whom the appeal is addressed. As a rule, the youngest is the first to say hello by status or age.
- Temples should be visited in decent clothes. Men should wear a shirt and trousers, and women - a skirt on the floor and must cover their shoulders. Know, before entering the shrine you need to take off your shoes.
- Also take off their shoes at the entrance to the owners' house and some shops. If you do not know where this rule applies, then see if there are slippers near the door where you are going.
- In Thailand, it is not permissible to raise your voice, even if you are offended, angry or unjust. Crying the problem is not solved - take this rule for a note.
To the west of Bangkok, near the settlement of Nakhonpatkhom, is the highest statue of Buddha - Pra-Pathom-Chedi, 127 meters high.
Not far from the village of Kanchanabur areKnown for their sad past "The Road of Death" and a bridge over the River Kwai. These structures were erected during the Second World War. Here, not far away, the best exposition of the country is the Garden of Roses.
The north has been little studied by tourists. These places are considered the zone of the birth of Thai civilization. Here, the thickest rainforests, beautiful waterfalls, magnificent national celebrations are imbued with the color of the local population, dozens of ancient historical settlements and temples.
A real mystery is the city of Mae Hong Son, whereThere is a temple, the walls of which are covered with ancient paintings. The city's markets are filled with souvenirs from Laos and Burma made by the craftsmen of the northern tribes.
Outside the city you can contemplate "GoldenTriangle "- a mountainous area, densely forested on the border with Burma and Laos. This area is also called the "cradle of Thai civilization", because this place is the birthplace of the first independent local states.
The resort town of Pattaya receives more than5 million tourists. The main attraction is the largest zoo of tigers, which are home to about 400 representatives. Nearby is the crocodile farm, where thousands of giants live in a natural environment.
You probably heard that in Thailand you canBuy jewelry. For example, in Pattaya, a sightseeing tour includes visiting jewelry stores. Buy gemstones in the event that you are good at them understand, often tourists are deceived. Do not choose products from street vendors, even if they are asked for a ridiculous price.
Do not buy fakes for clothes, shoes, bags andAccessories from haute couture - at customs they can be confiscated. The most common Thai souvenir is an elephant, because it is a symbol of the country. It can be cute figurines, figurines, plates with the image of animals, panels. More often, all these products are made from teak trees, which are specially grown on plantations.
Pay attention to the Thai ceramic kettles. Earlier they were in demand among tourists from all over the world. It is generally believed that these products purify water. Residents of the north-eastern part of the country prefer to make souvenirs in the form of colored pots, dolls and ornaments. In the north, green porcelain and celadon are used as raw materials for souvenirs. In Thailand, it is widely distributed manufacturing of silver souvenirs. In particular, you will see caskets, bowls, vases, cigarette cases in vintage design.
Kitchen and restaurants
Thai food is unique. Specificity of cooking comes from climate and culture. For example, the tropics and seashore dictate the widespread use of spices, herbs, fruits and seafood. Migration of the population and the relationship with other peoples have affected the way of processing and cooking.
The main everyday product is rice,However, preferences for the variety are different in each of the regions of the state. The second most important component are curry spices, which prefer to boil in coconut milk. Many dishes are based on noodles, in particular rice. Meat is a delicacy, Thais eat it a little and on holidays, because income does not allow.
From the first course, try the soup withShrimps Tom Yam and Tom Ha Cai with mushrooms and chicken. Try to eat in the restaurants of hotels, there hygiene standards are the closest to the required. Do not drink ice drinks on the beach or in cheap eateries - the water in Thailand is not very clean. Remember that many dishes of the local cuisine can be unusually sharp. Therefore, if you do not accept the excess of the characteristic ingredients, inform the waiter about it.
Ways to save money
Making a purchase - bargain. Thais enjoy it, and they willingly reduce the price. The southern islands, including Pattaya and Bangkok - are invariably expensive resorts. If you are limited in finances, choose more budget lines.
Try to eat masterpieces of local cooking. For example, at a cost, one pizza is equated to 5 Thai dishes. Concerning the quality and freshness of the products, you do not have to worry, here the cookery is treated with awe and with a soul.
Go for long distances to the publicTransport. To do this, you need to know the route and schedule of the bus or coordinate it with the driver. In addition, for 7-10 dollars a day you can rent a scooter.
Thailand is considered one of the safest countriesAsia. The government takes care of the safety of tourists, because the money is the main share of the state budget. From the human factor can be petty theft of yard thieves. On the part of the natural factor, one should be afraid of insect bites and avoid swimming in the sea in stormy weather. Green and red flags are displayed on the beaches, which indicate the degree of risk. Red is a warning about a possible threat.
A great danger is attached to scuba diving. The multifaceted world of colored fish and other amazing inhabitants attracts divers, however, remember that among them there are many dangerous representatives of the flora. Remember the rule: do not touch anything!