Essential Info for Thailand
Official name: Kingdom of Thailand
Population: Around 68 million
Capital city: Bangkok (also largest city)
Neighbouring countries: Thailand shares borders with Myanmar to the west and northwest; Laos to the north and northeast; Cambodia to the southeast; and Malaysia to the far south, across the Gulf of Thailand.
Political system: Constitutional monarchy administered by a military junta.
Major religions: Buddhism is the majority religion in Thailand, with Islam and Christianity being the two most prominent minority religions.
Main languages: Thai is the official language. English is widely understood in tourist areas but there are fewer fluent English speakers in rural areas.
Money: The Thai Baht (THB), which is divided into 100 satang. It is usually possible for expats to open a local bank account and ATMs are widely distributed, many of which accept foreign cards.
Tipping: Tipping isn't customary or expected in Thailand, but adding a tip will usually be appreciated - depending on the situation, this may be in the form of rounding up the billed amount, adding 10 percent to the bill, or leaving loose change behind.
Time: GMT +7
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Both flat and round two-pin plugs are frequently used.
Internet domain: .th
International dialling code: +66. Area codes are in use, such as (0)2 in Bangkok and (0)53 in Chiang Mai
Emergency contacts: 191 (police, general), 1554 (ambulance), 199 (fire)