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Every year, thousands of Australian tourists visit the “Land of Smiles”, aka Thailand, attracted by the beauty of its landscapes, beaches, and weather. It stands as a top destination for those seeking a blend of history, culture, and relaxation. From the vibrant streets of Bangkok with its colourful markets and flavorful street cuisine to the secluded beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui, Thailand has something for everyone.


Thailand enjoys a warm tropical climate all year round, characterised by three distinct seasons:

  • Cool Season: From November to February, the climate is more temperate, ideal for exploration.
  • Hot Season: March to May sees temperatures soar up to 40°C in certain regions.
  • Rainy Season: June to October marks the monsoon period, particularly in the southern areas. It’s advisable to pack light clothing and include a jacket for the cooler evenings.

Sightseeing and Touring Suggestions

  • Bangkok: Thailand’s bustling capital, celebrated for its intricate canal systems and dynamic city life.
  • Phuket: Thailand’s largest island, renowned for its idyllic beaches and vibrant nightlife.
  • Ratchaburi: Known for its iconic Damnoen Saduak floating markets and striking limestone landscapes.
  • Chiang Mai: Often referred to as the “new city,” it is the largest city in Northern Thailand. Rich in history, Chiang Mai boasts over 300 temples and was a crucial hub on the ancient Silk Road.

Culture and Religion

Thailand has a rich Buddhist culture, where tradition is highly valued. Respect local customs, cover up when visiting temples, and be mindful of religious sites. If you're up for it, catch a Muay Thai fight for some local entertainment.

Embassy and Emergency Info

Here's what you need to know in case of emergencies:

  • Australian Embassy: 181 Wireless Road, Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand. 10330.
    • Phone: (+66 2) 344 6300.
    • Fax: (+66 2) 344 6593.
    • Open from 8:00 am to 4 pm.
  • For emergencies:
    • Fire and rescue: Dial 199.
    • Medical emergencies: Call 1669 for medical emergencies and rescue services. In Bangkok, dial 1724 for an ambulance.
    • Police: For regular police, dial 191. For tourist police, dial 1155.


Thailand uses 220V and 50MHz power supply. Keep in mind that plug types may vary, so bring adapters.

So… why is Thailand called The Country of Smiles?

Thailand earned the nickname “Land of Smiles” in the 1970s and 1980s, thanks to the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s effective slogan that highlighted the country’s warm hospitality and the friendly nature of its people.