Thailand, a wondrous kingdom, is located in the center of Southeast Asia, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. Along with a fascinating history and a unique culture that includes delectable Thai food and hospitality, Thailand features a modern capital city, and friendly people who epitomize Thailand’s “land of smiles” reputation.
The weather in Thailand is generally marked by three seasons, the rainy season, hot season, and cool season, though the climate is generally pleasant year round.
The Thai language can be tricky to master, but most Thais speak English and encourage visitors who try to speak Thai.
Bangkok is the capital, largest urban area and primary city of Thailand. Known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, meaning “city of angels” for short, it was a small trading post at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River during the Ayutthaya Kingdom. It came to the forefront of Siam when it was given the status as the capital city in 1768 after the burning of Ayutthaya.
Bangkok has a large number of hospitals and medical centers, which include eight of the country’s fifteen medical schools. Many hospitals in Bangkok act as tertiary care centers, receiving referrals from distant parts of the country. Lately, especially in the private sector, there has been much growth in medical tourism, with many hospitals providing services specifically catering to foreigners.
Bangkok is considered to be one of the world’s tourist hotspots. Bangkok is Thailand’s major tourist gateway, which means that the majority of foreign tourists arrive in Bangkok. The city boasts some of the country’s most visited historical venues such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun. There are numerous projects to maintain Bangkok’s historic sites in the Rattanakosin area and river districts.
TRAVEL AROUND THAILAND:
Thailand travel is convenient for visitors as there are many ways to get to Thailand by bus, air, or rail, whether your destination is Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, or the most remote provinces.
Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) serves as the primary international airport in Thailand for numerous international airlines, most with direct flights from abroad landing in the Thai capital. However, some chartered flights and international service from nearby Asian nations may land at one of the other, smaller international airports within Thailand, such as Phuket (HKT), Chiang Mai (CNX), Hat Yai (HDY), and Koh Samui (USM) International Airports.
Airport Rail Link provides train service at the maximum speed of 160 kilometer per hour on an elevated track parallel to the eastern railway, which covers the distance of approximately 28 kilometers, passing through 8 stations; Phyathai Station, Rajprarop Station, Makkasan Station and City Air Terminal, Ramkhamhaeng Station, Hua Mark Station, Thab Chang Station, Lad Krabang Station, and Suvarnabhumi Station.
Bus & Coach
- The Thailand bus network is arguably the number-one mode of transportation both in and around Bangkok, as well as for long distance travel.
- The Bangkok bus system features busses of various size, type, and cost. This is due to the fact that there are both public and private city busses. Although waiting for a Bangkok bus can be a sweaty and air-polluted prospect, so can walking from A to B. If you are on a budget and don’t mind a little adventure, hopping on a bus that appears to be going your way will only cost you as little as 8 baht.
Taxi & Tuk Tuk
- Bangkok may arguable have more taxis than any city on Earth. Not only are they plentiful, they are very reasonably priced now that meters have become the norm. Rates for a Bangkok taxi begin at 35 baht ($1 US) and then charge 2 baht for the first two kilometers and 2 baht per kilometer thereafter.
- One of the most iconic modes of transportation, the tuk tuk is a truly Thai vehicle. The colorful, noisy, open-air tuk tuks are both a “must ride” experience for both visitors and locals to quickly travel around.
BTS & Sky Train
- Thailand has two primary metropolitan rail lines, the BTS skytrain, consisting of two Green Lines (Sukhumvit and Silom) and the first of several planned MRT underground lines, the Blue Line.
- Bangkok’s MRT underground Blue Line is the newest addition to the metropolitan rail system.
HISTORY & CULTURE
- The chance to experience the rich diversity of Thailand is one of the most rewarding aspects of studying abroad at Sripatum International College.
- The Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) is a complex of buildings in Bangkok. It served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th century onwards.
- The Emerald Buddha (Phra Kaeo Morakot,) is the palladium of the Kingdom of Thailand, a figurine of the sitting Buddha, made of green jasper (rather than emerald), clothed in gold, and about 45 cm tall. It is kept in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) on the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
Bangkok has number of shopping malls to suit all kinds of lifestyles and budgets. Siam Paragon, one of the biggest shopping centers in Asia, was opened in Bangkok on December 9, 2005, it includes a wide range of specialty stores and restaurants as well as a multiplex movie theater (consisted of 15 large size theaters) and the Siam Ocean World (Underwater world) aquarium (the largest aquarium in South East Asia) and an exhibition hall and the Thai Art Gallery and also an opera concert hall.
As you can see Thailand has many unique advantages as a study abroad destination. Additionally, here are 10 reasons why you should consider studying abroad in Thailand.
1. Friendly People
The people of Thailand are revered for their friendliness and hospitality; forge genuine, life-long relationships with your host family, fellow students, and acquaintances.
2. Natural Landscapes
Simply put, Thailand has some breathtaking, picturesque, tropical landscapes and natural areas that draw tourists and divers from all over the world. From mountains to picturesque beaches, there is something for every nature lover.
Food in Thailand is varied, delicious and often extremely cheap (as well as often being comparatively healthy to what students are used to eating at home). If you love tropical fruit, you will love Thailand.
Thailand is tropical, with six months or more of generally little more than pure blue skies during the dry season. This makes it a favorable location for students studying abroad during the winter (or really during any time of the year).
The tropical climate perfectly compliments Thailand’s fantastic beaches – some of which could be considered the most beautiful in the world. Many Thailand study abroad programs will take you to these picturesque locations, but regardless of your location and program of study, you are never that far from a beach.
6. Cost of Living
For students that want to make the most of their money while abroad, Thailand is an excellent choice. Food is inexpensive (as little as $1 USD/meal), and other living costs are equally low.
7. Thai Language
It goes without saying that if you are interested in learning Thai or have any previous exposure, Thailand is the only place for you.
Roughly 95% of the country identifies as Buddhist, and the influence of the religion has an almost tangible positive influence on the ambiance of the country.
9. Backpackers’ Paradise
Many students select Thailand because it is a good place for travelers on a lower budget, but Thailand also provides a gateway to the rest of Southeast Asia – many students choose to visit Cambodia or other destinations after their program concludes.
10. Environmental & Development Initiatives
The strength of programs in these areas makes Thailand very attractive to students interested in ecology, biological and human communities, and international development.
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