Thailand is considered as a wonderland featuring Buddhist monuments and temples, exotic wild life and some picturesque islands attracting tourists from all corners of the world. Thailand has an interesting history, unique culture with delectable cuisines and has won the praise and many critics. Buddhism is majorly practised in Thailand with almost 95% penetration, followed by Muslims and Christians. It is considered as the heart of Southeast Asia and shares borders with Myanmar, Malaysia, Laos and Cambodia. The history of Thailand is very old originating from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ban Chiang. It has been ruled over by famous kings with least influx of foreign kingdoms. It is abundant with natural resources, rich flora and fauna, various ecological zones. There are many national parks, marine parks with unique attractions in each park.
Thailand’s economy is export driven with a lion’s share of 60% in GDP and a major economy in South East Asia. Fish and rice are the major exported commodities and Thailand is considered the largest exporter of rice in the world. Rubber, textiles, electronics, jewellery and automobiles are other major export industries. It is considered economically developed with very low percentage of unemployment. Tourism is another major money earning sector though the contribution to GDP is less than ten per cent.
Places to Visit
Thailand has a lot of interesting and must visit places across the country. The northern part is famous for the natural beauty, indigenous hill tribes and wild life. The central part of the country is the main rice growing region. The prominent islands of Phuket and Samui offer pristine beaches. Thailand hosts a number of events and festivals in the categories of art & culture, fashion, films, food, nature, photography, shopping, sports, travel and lifestyle which are spread across the calendar attracting tourists round the year.
Planning a trip to Thailand can be made easy with Thailand Tour Packages offered by various travel and tourism operators. While it takes a minimum of seven days to completely explore Thailand, a minimum of three to four days is recommended to explore the major sightseeing places and shopping locations. It is advisable to keep a Thailand guide with you while travel the country. It is always of great help for the tourists.
Major attractions in Thailand
Two major tourist choices to Thailand are Buddhism and shopping. Thailand is increasing considered as a chosen destination for the people from the West who want to understand and practice the religion of Buddhism. A number of temples and Buddha statues are distributed across the country. One of the age old practices of tying sacred cloth to the ancient banyan trees is followed to honour the resident spirits.
Thailand has major shopping destinations for different choice of items. Out of all the cities in the country, Bangkok is one of the well-known cities for both temples and mega malls. Phuket is famous for beaches, shopping and backpacking tourism, and hence, is maintaining its place in the visiting list of the tourists.