514,000 km squared. Thailand borders Burma to the North West, Laos to the North East, Cambodia to the South East and Malaysia in the South.
The national currency is the Baht and smaller denomination coins are satang (1BHT = 100 satang). 1GBP=49.3BHT
Thai is the main language of Thailand, though local dialects exist. Basic English is spoken in the more touristy areas.
Mainland Thailand is heavily influenced by Buddhism - with the majority following the Theravada school. Thai temples, known as wats are easily identifiable throughout Thailand. Some of the larger ones are popular tourist attractions and well worth a visit. When visiting a temple it is important to dress appropriately.
The international access code for Thailand is +66. Internet cafes are widespread and connectivity is good. Mobile phone coverage is also extensive throughout the country.
UK visitors do not require a visa to enter Thailand and will receive a 30-day holiday visa on arrival. Make sure your passport has six months left before it expires!
Health insurance is highly recommended. Medical facilities are good in Bangkok and the major cities however in the more rural parts of the country will be limited. Malaria tablets may be required - check before you go. Use your common sense when buying food from street vendors.
Tourists are not advised to travel to the Preah Vihear temple area due to recent violence. The southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla are also not recommended for travel. There have been a number of recent political and possible terrorist events in Thailand over the past three years. The situation can change rapidly. For the most up to date travel advice it is recommended that you check the latest advice on travelling to Thailand on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website before you go.