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The Kingdom of Thailand is bordered by Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia and lies at the heart of South East Asia. The country covers an area of 513.000 square kilometers and is home to 63 million Thais. The country is divided in 76 provinces and 5 distinct regions.
Central Thailand and Bangkok with its many canals and abundant water supply was the traditional bread basked and today still is the manufacturing and business center of the country. The capital Bangkok is by far the largest city with 12-14 million inhabitants now covering 3 provinces. From Kanchanaburi in the east bordering Burma to Uthai Thani in the north and the Khao Yai national park in the east the region offers may fascinating und surprisingly still little visited national parks and cultural attractions for travelers.
The north stretching from the central provinces to the Golden triangle is home to Thailand's highest mountains, beautiful national parks, rivers and the distinct cultures of various hill tribes. During the winter months from October to February/March the region is dominated by cooler temperatures and many residents of the central regions travel to the north to escape the heat.
|Ban Mae Kampong||Bang Pa In|
|Chiang Khong||Chiang Mai|
|Chiang Rai||Golden Triangle|
|Khao Koh||Khao Yai|
|Mae Chaem||Mae Hong Son|
|Mae Sa Elephant Camp||Mae Sai|
|Mae Sariang||Mae Sot|
|Mae Tang (Trek)||Nakhon Pathom|
|Nakhon Rachasima (Korat)||Nakhon Sawan|
|Si Sawat (Si Nakharin Dam)||Singburi|
The East stretching along the gulf coast from Bangkok to Cambodia offers some beautiful islands like Koh Samed and the Koh Chang marine National Park as well as the bustling life of Pattaya. The Region is a favorite destination for Golfers or travelers who want to relax on one of the islands after a tour through central Thailand or Cambodia.
The high plateau of the Northeast (Isan) stretches from Central Thailand to Cambodia and Laos. The area is dominated by rice farming and one can travel through miles and miles of flat picturesque rice fields only interrupted by sporadic palm trees and small villages. Due to its close association throughout history with the former Khmer empire, the region is home to some of Thailand's most impressive and well preserved Khmer temples.
The narrow peninsula of Southern Thailand stretching from Phetchaburi and Hui Hin between the Gulf of Thailand, Myanmar and the Andaman Sea to Malaysia has a very distinct subtropical climate. The West coast with Koh Samui and Koh Phangan shares the weather system of Central Thailand whilst the East Coast is dominated by the Monsoon from India. The region is home to Thailand's most beautiful islands, beaches, dive spots as well as some lesser known and little visited national parks like Khao Sok between Phang Nga and Surat Thani province and Khao Luang in Nakhon Si Thammarat. Especially Khao Sok with its rugged lime stone cliffs and dense jungles offers travelers a unrivaled, breathtaking scenery.
|Chumphon||Coral Island (Koh He)|
|Hat Yai||Hua Hin|
|Khao Lak||Khao Sok|
|Kho Khao||Koh Bulon Lae|
|Koh Hai (Ngai)||Koh Jum (Koh Phu)|
|Koh Kradan||Koh Lanta|
|Koh Libong||Koh Lipe|
|Koh Mook||Koh Phangan|
|Koh Racha||Koh Samui|
|Koh Sukorn||Koh Tao|
|Nakhon Si Thammarat||Phang Nga|
|Phi Phi Islands||Phuket|
|Similan Islands||Surat Thani|
Thailand is dominated by two different weather systems. Central and northern Thailand as well as the region around the Gulf of Thailand have four distinct seasons. From November until May the regions weather is dominated by the northeast monsoon with the cool and dry season from November to February, the hot and dry season from March until April. The approaching Southwest Monsoon in May marks the beginning of the rainy season which ends in late October.
The southern West Coast along the Andaman Sea has only 2 season with the dry season lasting from November until April and the Rainy Season from Mai until October with most of the rainfall in the later half starting late July or August.