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History of Thailand
The history of Thailand was hugely influenced by the cultures and religion of India. Many believe that Buddhism flew into Thailand from India during the Mauryan Empire. The Indian Pallava Dynasty and north Indian Gupta Empire also had a strong influence on Thailand.
In the 20th century, the first Parliamentary elections were held in 1933 marking the emergence of Constitutional Rule. After the Second World War, and later the civilian government, Thailand returned to the Military Rule 1947 and continued till 1973. Multiple Democracy was chosen in 1992 and retained till 2006 only till military forces set up a military-controlled regime.
Weekend Getaways in Thailand
Cambodia: With its landscapes of cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap along with seaside town of Kampot, Cambodia is a perfect weekend getaway from Thailand. Tourists can trek at Bokor National Park, take an elephant safari at Mondulkiri jungles, watch Mekong dolphins at Kratie or sunbathe at beaches in Sihanoukville.
Vietnam: Vietnam is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway from Thailand. The historical pagodas, boulevards and museums in the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, among several other things to do in the beautiful country. Tourists can also visit the sand dunes of Mui Ne and the beaches of Phan Thiet.
Laos: Laos offers a great deal as a weekend getaway. Tourists can visit the old French colonial architecture in Luang Prabang, rejuvenate themselves by visiting Vang Vieng, a scenic town surrounded by rivers, cliffs and rice fields. One can also visit the Buddha Park, the Plain of Jars, the Bolaven Plateau and the Tad Fane waterfall.
Things to do in Thailand
From Bangkok and Pattaya to Phuket and Krabi; from beaches and temples to shopping, food and spas; Thailand is one of those destinations that offer a wide variety of things to do.
While in Thailand, visit the Madame Tussauds Museum, pose for paparazzi and explore the lives of notable people. Visit the many dazzling wats in Thailand and experience spirituality at its best. In one of the many beaches, enjoy water-sports such as jet skiing, windsurfing, paragliding, scuba diving and banana boat rides, to name a few. Hit the bars, shop till you drop, indulge in spa massage and relish mouth-watering Thai cuisine.
If you have kids in tow, don’t forget to visit the Safari World, Thailand's greatest open zoo and leisure park, and has something for everyone! Also visit the Siam Ocean World, which is one of the largest aquariums in Thailand and features some rare species from marine life.
How to Reach Thailand
By Air: Bangkok is well connected by air to the rest of the world with two airports in the city. The Suvarnabhumi Airport is located 25 kilometers east of Bangkok and the Don Mueang Airport located 24 kilometers to the north. Most international and domestic airlines operate at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is linked to the city by buses, taxis, and Airport Rail Link, a high-speed train service into downtown Bangkok.
Weather in Thailand
December to February: Considered as the peak season, the months from December to February is the perfect time to discover Thailand on foot. During this time, temperatures tend to drop below 20 degree Celsius in the evening.
March to May: March to May are Thailand’s hottest months. One can expect sudden bouts of rain and boats cruises, lounging by the pool and shopping at the malls during these months are highly recommended. Thailand celebrates the Thai New Year during these months.
May to October: May to October is regarded as the rainy season in Thailand. One can fetch some great deals on hotels and excursions as not many tourist visit Thailand during these months.