As a travel destination, Thailand is synonymous with the exotic and mysterious, a land of ancient kingdoms, gleaming temples, graceful dancers, and top-tier accommodation. Here, cities combine culture and tradition with bustling commerce and modern architecture. The country’s cuisine remains distinctly its own, while displaying hints of other Eastern countries. Come to Thailand, the “land of smiles,” to be entertained, pampered, and held spellbound.
The Kingdom of Thailand lies at the center of the Southeast Asian Indochinese peninsula and is composed of 76 provinces. It borders Myanmar and Laos in the north, Laos and Cambodia in the east, the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia in the south, and the Andaman Sea and southernmost Myanmar in the west. Once known as Siam, Thailand faced pressure from Britain and France in the 18th and 19th centuries to concede territories, but it was ultimately the only Southeast Asian country to avoid direct Western rule.
A bloodless revolution in 1932 ended with the establishment of a constitutional monarchy and a change of name to Thailand. Since that time, the country has alternated between democracy and military rule. After a political crisis and two coups in 2014, Thailand became a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy overseen by a military junta. It has achieved a high level of human development and possesses the second largest economy in the region. It is considered a newly industrialized nation, with the leading economic sectors consisting of manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism
As a top vacation and business destination, Thailand is known for its cosmopolitan capital city, Bangkok, its opulent palaces, historically significant temples and ruins, dazzling beaches, and lush mountains. And everywhere, travelers find hotels, resorts, retreats, spas, and lodgings of the highest quality, offering the most sought-after amenities. In fact, Thailand is one of the few places where the price of a 5-star hotel might be within reach for the average traveler—as little as $100 per night. Not to mention, incredible body and foot massages costing less than $5. So why not indulge yourself and experience the beauty, pageantry, and history of this Asian jewel?