The Land of Smiles, THAILAND
Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It's known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canal side communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Nearby beach resorts include bustling Pattaya and fashionable Hua Hin.
Flag of Thailand
The flag of the Kingdom of Thailand shows five horizontal stripes in the colours red, white, blue, white and red, with the central blue stripe being twice as wide as each of the other four. The design was adopted on 28 September 1917, according to the royal decree issued by Rama VI.
Thailand, country located in the centre of mainland Southeast Asia. Located wholly within the tropics, Thailand encompasses diverse ecosystems, including the hilly forested areas of the northern frontier, the fertile rice fields of the central plains, the broad plateau of the northeast, and the rugged coasts along the narrow southern peninsula. Until the second half of the 20th century, Thailand was primarily an agricultural country, but since the 1960s increasing numbers of people have moved to Bangkok, the capital, and to other cities. Although the greater Bangkok metropolitan area remains the preeminent urban centre in the country, there are other sizable cities, such as Chiang Mai in the north, Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat), Khon Kaen, and Udon Thani in the northeast, Pattaya in the southeast, and Hat Yai in the far south. Siam, as Thailand was officially called until 1939, was never brought under European colonial domination. Independent Siam was ruled by an absolute monarchy until a revolution there in 1932. Since that time, Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy, and all subsequent constitutions have provided for an elected parliament. Political authority, however, has often been held by the military, which has taken power through coups. During the last two decades of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st, parliamentary democracy steadily gained wider popular support. Although a crisis emerged in 2006, when the military, aligned with the monarchy, overthrew an elected government, new parliamentary elections were held—as promised by the interim government—in 2007.
Provinces of Thailand
Thailand is divided into 77 provinces (Changwat), which are grouped into 5 groups of provinces by location. There are also 2 special governed districts which are the capital - Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon in Thai) and Pattaya.
Brief historical summary of the Province structure
Interesting fact on Thailand's History
The Thai people are thought to have originated in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. They are related to other people that either live there now or originated there such as the Dai and the Lao. The Thais began migrating southward in successive waves, perhaps as early as A.D. 1050.
From about the 10th to the 14th centuries, Thailand saw a period of Khmer domination over a large portion of what is now Central Thailand, as well as a southward expansion of Thai tribes. Thai city states gradually became independent as the Khmer Empire weakened. ... The resulting country was then called Siam. Thailand has a rich and lengthy history. A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century and Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been colonized by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to the establishment of a constitutional monarchy.
Despite being in the heart of South East Asia and having been through the World Wars, Thailand was never colonised by Europeans. Thailand remains the only country in Southeast Asia not colonised by Europeans. All of its neighbours were controlled by either the British or the French. ... During WWII, Thailand was allied with Japan, so technically it was never conquered.
Join us on our Thailand Adventures
The Great Isaan Loop 2019
Riding Khao Sok 2016
Northern Thailand Exploration 2017
The Gathering - Samui 2018
Ride The Andaman 2019
Eastern Thailand Ride 2015
Exploring Western Thailand - Kanchanaburi & Sangkhlaburi 2018
SG 50 Ride: hatyai - Betong 2015
Ride To Phuket 2017
Samui (2 Educators Ride) 2018
Ko Lanta (Labour Day) Ride 2015
Betong - A Historical Perspective 2019
Solo Ride To Chill (Krabi) 2019
An Island Retreat Koh Samui 2022