As one of the most visited countries in the world, Thailand continues to fascinate tourists with its beauty. From gleaming temples, sparkling tropical beaches, rich culture, a great welcome, to scrumptious food, it is not hard to see why many people love this Land of Smiles. Today, the country has also become a prime medical tourism destination. Taking $600 million in revenue each year, it is the third biggest medical destination globally. The country boasts more than 60 JCI accredited medical facilities with experienced doctors, cost-effective treatments, and no waiting times. The most sought-after procedures are cosmetic surgery including breast augmentations and CoolSculpting. Bumrungrad Intl Hospital, Sikarin Hospital, and KTOP Clinic are some of the top medical facilities in the country.
Popular Cities and Regions
Thailand has around 68 million inhabitants, with the capital city of Bangkok as the most populated city. Thanks to its bustling markets and vibrant nightlife, Bangkok is the perfect place for anyone looking for energetic and vibrant city life. For those who want to immerse in Thailand’s culture and nature, the city of Chiang Mai is the ideal place to visit because it lies in the jungle of northern Thailand and houses over three hundred glittering temples. The country is also widely known for its stunning beaches and tropical islands, such as Phuket, Ko Samui, Ko Phi Phi, and Ko Tao.
International tourists usually arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, which is the main gateway to the country and is located in Bangkok. The airport connects Thailand with almost every country around the globe. In addition to the international flights, each popular region of the country is well-connected by domestic flights since almost every region has an airport. Budget airlines such as AirAsia, Scoot, Lion Air, and Nok Air, make traveling around the country a lot more affordable.
For inexpensive travel, trains and buses are available. However, trains are more comfortable since tourists do not have to be stuck in traffic. However, trains can also be slow, but they allow tourists to see the scenic countryside. To travel inside cities, opt for a taxi. Be sure to agree on a price or insist on using the meter before riding one to avoid taxi cheats.
Tourists are advised to check the visa policy to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand. Nationals from 76 countries including, Australia, Brazil, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States can stay in Thailand for up to 90 days. Other nationals, such as China and India, need to apply for a visa on arrival.
Thailand enjoys a tropical climate, which means it is hot and humid throughout the year. The average temperatures are around 28 °C to 35 °C. The wet season starts in July and ends in October, tourists can expect heavy rainfall and humid weather during this season. The cool season which begins in November until February experiences less rain and the temperatures are below 35 °C. March to June is the hot season, be aware that the temperature can soar to 40 °C during these months.
- Local Currency: The official currency is the Thai Baht (THB). 1 USD converts to 30.8 THB.
- Money & Payments: ATMs that accept international cards are widespread. Credit cards are accepted in many established restaurants and hotels. However, it is best to always carry some cash. Tipping is common but not expected.
- Local Language: Thai is the official and the most widely spoken language. Most locals, especially those who work in the tourism industry, speak good English.
- Local Culture and Religion: Most of the population follows Buddhism, but there are also small groups of Muslims. Disrespecting the Royal Family will result in punishment.
- Public holidays: The country celebrates major public holidays, including Songkran (Thai New Year, Labor Day, Coronation Day, Asanha Buja, and Constitution Day.