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The Kingdom of Thailand lies in Southeast Asia, with Laos to its northeast, Cambodia to its east, the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia to its south, the Andaman Sea to its west and Myanmar (Burma) to its northwest. Formerly known as Siam, the word Thai means 'freedom' in the Thai language.

Thailand draws more visitors than any other country in Southeast Asia with its virtually irresistible combination of breathtaking natural beauty, inspiring temples, renowned hospitality, robust cuisine and ruins of fabulous ancient kingdoms. From the mountains of Mae Hong Son to the limestone islands of the Andaman Sea, popularised in the film 'The Beach', from the modern, trendy dance clubs of Bangkok to the backwater villages along the Mekong River, Thailand offers something for travellers of every type.

Thailand, like many other Asian countries, has been influenced by contact with foreign cultures, particularly the West, however the never-changing character of Thai culture has remained dominant, even in the hustle and bustle of modern city life. Although often depicted as fun-loving, happy-go-lucky folk (which indeed they mainly are), the Thais are also proud, independent and strong, and have struggled for centuries to preserve their independence of spirit.

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