Sightseeing in Thailand
Tourism and Culture
Different Forms of Tourism
-In Bangkok: Wat Po (the oldest temple of Bangkok and the biggest convent of Thailand) and the Great Palace
-In Phuket: the Chinese and Buddhist temples.
-In the Northeast: the Khmer temples and the Thai silk manufacture.
-Islands and beaches located in the Bay of Thailand
- You can access information on tourism and culture in Thailand on tourismthailand.org.
- You can access information on tourism and nature in Thailand on Thailand Tourism Directory website.
- You can access information on tourism and religious sites on The Thailand Tourism Directory website.
- Located inside Mae Ka Sa village, the Mae Ka Sa Thermal bath offers several thermal baths with beautiful scenery. Go to this link.
- You can access information on the best beaches in Thailand on this link.
- Winter Sports
- Outdoor Activities
- Thailand is a popular holiday destination for young backpackers, partly because of the multitude of outdoor adventure activities that can be done at a fraction of the cost in other countries.
- You can access information on tourism and shopping on The Thailand Tourism Directory website.
|Top Highlights of the Country|
|Ko Chang's mountainous interior.|
|Phi-Phi Leh and Phi-Phi Don.|
|Party island Ko Samui .|
|Sirinat National Park.|
|The Khmer temple complex at Phanom Rung.|
Individual and Civic Freedoms
- Political Freedom
- The Thai government still impose restrictions on free speech in its sptember 2008 emergency decree.
- Civil Liberty
- Freedom of the Press
- In contrast to television, print media in Thailand are not subject to close government supervision. Readers have a choice of numerous papers, ranging from sensationalist mass-circulation dailies to newspapers that specialize in coverage of political and business news. Thailand's so-called "business newspapers" also include substantial coverage of politics and culture.
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 130/175
Evolution: 6 places down compared to 2008
- For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
- Free Access to the Internet
In the 2008 context, the Internet in Thailand is among the most free of media in the country. Nevertheless, Thailand's Information and Communications Technology Ministry sought court orders in September 2008 to shut down about 400 websites and advised internet service providers to block 1,200 sites it considers are disturbing the social order or are a danger to national security. One of the largest Internet forums in Thailand is Pantip.com, which often contains political discussions and criticism of the government, is currently shut down due to latest ICT Ministry consideration. It was allowed to freely operate. However, users were required to register their identities using their national identification number. The website of Midnight University was ordered shut down by the military junta after the 2006 Thailand coup.
- Freedom of Assembly
- Freedom of association remains limited in some part of the country.
- Rule of Law
- When under civilian rule, Thailand is largely ruled by law. Nevertheless, official corruption is widespread in the country. It is also alleged that the nexus between politics and big business is strong and growing.
- Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
The Thai government has currently put restrictions on free speech in a september 2008 emergency decree and seems to be using the current state of emergency to silence free speech and infringe on other human rights.
- Women's Condition
- As more women are displaced by rampant poverty, the trafficking and prostitution of girls and women is escalating. Japan is now home to more than 100,000 Thai and Filipino sex workers. Activists estimate that there are at least 1 million women and girls working in Thailand's sex trade. On another issue, there is serious concern for the lives of hilltribe, Burmese, Nepali and other women prisoners in Bangkok's notorious women's prison.
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- Degree of Freedom
- The law provides for freedom of religion, and the Government generally respected this right in practice; however, it does not register new religious groups that have not been accepted into one of the existing religious governing bodies on doctrinal or other grounds. In practice, unregistered religious organizations operated freely, and the Government's practice of not recognizing any new religious faiths has not restricted the activities of unregistered religious groups.
- 95% of Thais are Buddhists of the Theravada tradition. Muslims are the second largest religious group in Thailand at 4.5%. Thailand's southernmost provinces - Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and part of Songkhla Chumphon have dominant Muslim populations, consisting of both ethnic Thai and Malay. Most often Muslims live in separate communities from non-Muslims.
- Role of Religion in Society
- The culture of Thailand incorporates a great deal of influence from India, China, Cambodia, and the rest of Southeast Asia. Thailand's main theology Theravada Buddhism is central to modern Thai identity and belief.
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