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THAILAND
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Weather
Thailand's climate is tropical, high both in temperature and humidity, and dominated by monsoons. April and May are the hottest months of the year, when even the locals are moved to complain about the heat. June sees the beginning of the South West Monsoon, and brings with it the rainy season, which continues intermittently until the end of October.
Currency
The currency of Thailand is the 'Baht'. One Baht is divisible into 100 Satang. Major credit cards are accepted by hotels and large shops, but 'hard cash' is the preferred tender almost everywhere. Travellers cheques are not widely accepted outside of hotels, so change them for cash at a bank exchange.

Visas
The following information related to travellers obtaining tourist visas for Thailand:- DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:
- Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months
- Visa application form completely filled out
- One recent (4 x 6 cm.) photograph of the applicant
- Air ticket paid in full
- Financial means (20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family)
- Consular officers reserve the rights to request for additional documents as deemed necessary
Religion
The three greatest religions in the world exist here: Buddhism, Christianity and Mohammedanism.
Buddhism, however, is the oldest of the three. It was founded 2,500 years ago by Lord Buddha. Buddha was the name he called himself after his Enlightenment, meaning 'The Enlightened'. His real name was Prince Siddhartha. His father was King Suddhodana of Kapilavasdu. The official breakdowns of religion in Thailand are: Buddhist (94.6%); Muslim (4.6%); Christian (0.7%); and other (0.1%) - 2000 census.
Food
Thai food is internationally famous. Whether chilli-hot or comparatively blands, harmony is the guiding principle behind each dish. Thai cuisine is essentially a marriage of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences harmoniously combined into something uniquely Thai. The characteristics of Thai food depend on who cooks it, for whom it is cooked, for what occasion, and where it is cooked to suit all palates. Originally, Thai cooking reflected the characteristics of a waterborne lifestyle. Aquatic animals, plants and herbs were major ingredients. Large chunks of meat were eschewed. Subsequent influences introduced the use of sizeable chunks to Thai cooking.
Health
The most common complaint is stomach troubles. All Thai pharmacies have over the counter medications. Remember to stay hydrated.
The health industry in Thailand is one of the booming tourist businesses. For relatively little money you can have plastic surgery or spend your holiday in a spa resort indulging in thai massages, cleansing therapies, saunas and a long list of other treatments.
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