Where is Thailand situated? Map of Thailand…
Where Is Thailand Situated? Thailand Map
Thailand is located in Southeast Asia between the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. It is part of the Indochinese peninsula and extends about 805 km from east to west and 1,770 km from north to south. To the north, Thailand is bordered by Burma, Laos and Cambodia to the east and Malaysia to the south. This central situation influenced its development and history.
Thailand is characterized by high mountains, a vast central plain irrigated by the Chao Praya and a high plateau that occupies the eastern third of the country (called Isan) and borders the Mekong Valley. The mountains cover most of the north of the country and the massif that runs along the Burmese border is the highest, peaking at 2,595 meters at Doi Inthanon.
Chao Phraya and the Mekong are the basis of the country’s agricultural economy, providing waterlogged land suitable for rice cultivation, as well as waterways for the transport of both people and goods.
Thailand has an equatorial climate in the extreme south and tropical from the center to the north. The temperature varies between 19 ° to 38 ° C on average. The whole country is governed by monsoons.
The best season to visit Thailand is from November to March. Avoid September and October, it is the time of typhoons. Be careful, from March to May, the sun is strong and temperatures often exceed 40 ° C.
The great season to visit Thailand is from November to March. It is the dry and cool season because it follows the monsoon. The nature is green and the temperatures are pleasant. In the north, it can be less than 10 ° C in January. In return, prices increase especially at Christmas time. For the seaside, prefer the Andaman Sea in winter and the Gulf of Thailand in summer (not recommended especially the months of December and January). From March, the wind blows from China and temperatures rise considerably.
Every year Thailand attracts more tourists, including a growing number from neighboring countries such as China, India or Indonesia. In 2016, 32.2 million tourists visited the country. The country offers a wide variety of historical as well as natural tourist sites.
Tourism accounts for about 10% of Thailand’s GDP.
At the beginning of the 1970s, tourism began to take hold in Thailand, it is about pleasure tourism of congress or business, that will play a very big role in the economic growth the international tourism having become the first provider of the country’s currencies, also generating a large number of direct or indirect jobs (services, crafts).
The 1980s will remain, for Thailand, the roaring years of unprecedented tourism growth, where tourism products have become the country’s main source of income. Frenzy of hotel construction, development of the sites, creation of new tourist products adapted to the international demand, development of the crafts and efforts to welcome with smile more than 10 million visitors (in 2002).