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Thailand Child Visa Information

Thailand Child Visa Information

This information applies to expat children living in Thailand, regardless of whether they were born in Thailand or not. Click title to read more.

Children under the age of 14 years do not get charged for overstaying and therefore do not usually require a visa. However the immigration department state that it does not “look good” for a child to have number of overstays stamped on their passport but as yet there is no clear indication as to what else parents are supposed to do. When you do leave Thailand you will be escorted to an overstay room where you should show a copy of your child’s birth certificate (if they were born in Thailand) and wait while the overstay is stamped. Immigration recommend that you take your child and their passport with yours when you do the 90 day immigration check in. They also recommend that if you are doing a visa run that you always take the child with you.

True Thailand; Beyond the Full Moon Party

True Thailand; Beyond the Full Moon Party

With a booming, and ever-growing tourist industry, Thailand has become a well known hotspot for travellers, party seekers, and sex tourists. Boasting over 22 million international guests in 2012, and generating around 11 billion a year for the Thai economy, tourism has hit Thailand hard, for better-or-worse.

Whilst revellers party on at the full moon party, a tribe is busy performing an ancient moon rite deep in the jungles of Chaing-Mai. For every person taking the sky-train in Bangkok, there is another walking mindfully up a mountain, and for every sex tourist getting his wallet hit harder than a nomorerack scam, there is a celibate monk worshipping in a forgotten temple.

Behind it’s growing image as a place of booze, sun, and casual sex, lies a beautiful and mystical country, rich in culture, and spirituality, and a history of political turmoil.

There are many theories as to the origin of the Thai people; it was previously presumed that Thai’s originated in Szechuan in China, and migrated down to Thailand around 4500 years ago. However, new theories and archeological evidence now suggests that they have always lived in Thailand, and later migrated to various other parts of Asia.

The country as we recognize it, then named Siam, rose in 1782 with King Rama I, under the Chakri dynasty; a dynasty which still rules there today. It was at this time that the modern day capital of Bangkok (current population 7.2million) was founded.

From this point Siam began to gradually westernise. The reign of Rama IV from 1804, saw a deliberate initiation of Thailand’s modernisation, and the subsequent kings continued the changes, hiring western advisors for commerce, building modern railway networks, and introducing a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary government.

It wasn’t until 1939 that Siam changed it’s name to Thailand.

The word “Thai” means free. So Thailand translates as “land of the free.” But the political turmoil of the country did not stop there, and the land of the free has continued to see trouble all the way up until the current day, with a cycle of riots and protests, military rules, government ousting, and collapsed replacement governments. The country is still locked in a battle for political stability.

Despite this political turmoil the country is greatly religious. The modern day Thai culture has incorporated cultural aspects from India, China, and Cambodia, and is greatly influenced by Buddhism, Hinduism, Animism, and Spiritualism.

The population consist of around 95% Theravada Buddhists, with only 5% Muslims, and 1% Christians.

It is clear to the eye, from the thousands of temples scattered across the country, that Buddhism is the main religion. In fact, there are over 40,000 buddhist temples, of which nearly 34,000 are still in use. All over the country an aware observer can spot signs of the spiritual nature of the locals; from their temples and statues, to the presence of monks, to the more unusual practices such as the offerings made to “spirit houses”; small structures which are said to contain household spirits.

Theravada Buddhism is believed to be one of the oldest forms of buddhism, and literally translates as “the Teaching of the Elders”. The religion is very much alive in Thailand, and the government supports and oversees the religion, offering many benefits to monks.
Thai culture is not all politics and religion, although it is obvious that Buddhism in particular is heavily fused with the culture and the many Thai customs.

Thai people often greet each other with a prayer like gesture and a slight bow of the head, accompanied by a serene smile, which is seen to represent a welcoming disposition. Disputes, and displays of anger are not accepted, and issues are best resolved with a smile and the commonly heard phrase “mai pen rai”, which translates as “it doesn’t matter”.

Respect is very important in Thai culture; respect for elders, for family, for monks, and for the buddha. It can be disrespectful to touch somebody’s head, or to point your feet at someone, because in Thai culture the head is the most important and sacred part of the body, and the feet the most lowly.

Much of the art is traditionally Buddhist imagery, and much of the literature is heavily influenced by Indian Hinduism. Thai holidays, too, are tied in with religion, and include full moon event of Loi Krathong where a decorated raft is sent down a river to represent the letting go of grudges and angers.

The tourism industry in Thailand is certainly changing the country. Along with it’s economic benefits it can bring with it a foreign disregard for the countries’ customs, traditions, history, and spirituality. It is important that if we visit a country like Thailand, which faces a delicate balance of maintaining ancient traditions in a modern world, we visit with an intention to learn, to understand, and to respect the people and the culture.

Looking Beyond Thiland’s Tourism Industry

Looking Beyond Thiland’s Tourism Industry

As per the Global Destination Cities Index, Bangkok was the most visited place in 2013. This should be no surprise since after the 1960s, Bangkok has enjoyed a position of crossroads for international transport due to the stable political ambiance.  In 2008 Bangkok was also ranked 3rd behind only London and New York in Euromonitor International’s list of Top City Destinations. Furthermore, other major cities like Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai were also featured on the list. This article will not entirely focus on the tourist destinations in Thailand. In fact it will look beyond the country’s tourism industry, how it has evolved the country and its people over time.
Thailand uses two promotional slogans to advertise its tourism both to Thai people, and to the international markets. To the Thai, the slogan given out is ‘Unseen in Thailand’. For foreigners the slogan is ‘Amazing Thailand’. These slogans act not only as marketing tools, but somewhat of identity representatives of  Thailand to the people of Thailand and the rest of the world. And considering the successful tourism industry that the country boasts of we can only assume the slogans have been more than helpful. Moreover Thailand boasts of world-famous cultural festivals that are viably different and more attractive to tourists worldwide. The reason why they are different is that these festivals are practiced almost no where outside Thailand. That could also be the reason why they have been successful. Some examples are the water splashing festival of Songkran, or the Loy Krathong.
For the Thai, adopting their national festivals and promoting them to such an extent is evidence that the Thai take pride in their country, their heritage and their culture. What some countries do often, Pakistan included, is that they find out what kind of activities their tourists are fond of, and then they present those very activities to them. What they don’t do is take their own culture and present it to their tourists, like Thailand does. Furthermore Thailand has one of those tourism industries that use as little as commercial cashing techniques as possible: For example, inane offers like using a specific typeof money, a minimum amount of money that definitely has to be used or buying soundcloud followers or youtube views for certain facilities to be made available. As a result even if foreigners in Thailand find themselves in attractions they have felt anywhere else, they also find themselves completely impressed with the fact that Thailand is bold enough to believe that with the cultural heritage it owns, it does not need anything outside of it to impress its millions of tourists.
The world we live in today has been synchronized to  just the LCD of a pocket sized smart phone. Since we are looking beyond the tourism industry we must also consider its impact on the social world. For instance, as per a list released by the photo sharing network Instagram, the two most photographed locations in the world in 2012 were the Suvarnabhumi Airport and the Siam Paragom Shopping mall, both in Thailand. They finished ahead of NYC’s Times Square and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Furthermore, Thailand is home to some of the most accredited hospitals, hence attracting medical tourists as well. Undoubtedly Thailand’s tourism industry has left its marks everywhere in the world.

Thiland; a magical journey

Thiland; a magical journey

Beaches, white sand, perfect water and weather conditions that complement outdoor activities perfectly, when I think of all these things the first thing that comes to my mind is Thailand. By its very name, it means the land of the free. It surely is the land of the free because you will find hundreds of tourists on vacation in this magnificent country roaming about freely. They come to this beautiful land to get away from their hectic routines, depressing lives and to enjoy the taste of freedom that life no longer can offer them in their normal routines back at home. Thailand, therefore, perfectly complements its own name. let’s take a look into the magical journey that is in store for you if you plan on taking a trip to Thailand and the wonders that you are missing out on if you haven’t yet planned a trip!

When you hear the sound of the waves against the white sand under a perfectly blue sky, you will forget all pains, including that of a bulging disc, if you have one! Yes, such is the power of the calmness that this country has to offer to anyone who visits it. You can simply close your eyes on one of the beaches and drift into a world where there are no worries or responsibilities; you will be able to enjoy perfect freedom unlike something that you have ever experienced before.  The trip will refresh your soul and you will definitely see a very positive difference once you go back to your country.  You will notice that you are happier and much more actively involved in socializing once you get back from this trip.

Thailand is also very well known for the amazingly relaxing massages that you can get from a number of massage parlors there. These massages will leave you completely relaxed beyond your expectations and are a must for anyone who visits this country. The price ranges for these massages vary so it is convenient for you to indulge in something that your budget allows. After all, the main purpose is to rid you of stress! However, you need to be aware of the fact that tourists can easily get ripped off and you may end up paying twice than the actual amount in one of these massage parlors. Beware of such cunning people at the parlors and try taking a local friend with you if possible so that you get the best value for your money.

There is an ample lot of information regarding Thailand available on the internet. You will see that you may not even need a travel agent to help plan your trip with all the information present online! However, as I mentioned earlier, you definitely need to be careful of thieves and people who take advantage of tourists by charging them too much. Make sure that you get to know the prices of everything beforehand. You can learn more about such things from a number of different websites on the internet. Plan your trip accordingly and have a wonderful time in the amazing Thailand!

Beach Resorts in Thiland

Beach Resorts in Thiland

Counting several hundred gorgeous tropical islands and some of the finest beaches in the world, Thailand can take great pride in its natural scenery. Millions of visitors choose Thailand as their main location for the summer and most of them come back the following years, thanks to the extraordinary beach resorts they have discovered here. If you are interested to check it out on your own and you are wondering if you should visit that place or not, get advantage by getting the information you need.

First of all, know that Thailand is a country that is hosting many hotels in all price ranges. This means you should be able to come across a decent hotel and not be forced to spend a small fortune on accommodation, but also get to enjoy some luxurious accommodation conditions at a proper price. However, keep in mind that the best time to visit Thailand from a financial standpoint is during the monsoon season, the time of the year considered to be the low season Thailand.

The Bo Phut Resort & Spa is a magnificent Thai beach resort that beautifully combines exotic scenery with a peaceful setting. Locate dup in the north of Koh Samui right in the Gulf of Thailand and counting more than 30 villas and close to 30 deluxe rooms, this modern resort is an excellent place where you could be trying your natural hair products without a care in the world.

Le Méridien Khao Lak Beach has more than ten kilometers of pristine beach and the resort itself counts three swimming pools, along with a spa center that has been officially rewarded for its amazing perks, along with six different restaurants where creativity is the keyword. If you are currently attending some schools for nurse practitioner specialists and you are afraid you will get easily bored here, the modern sports facilities here should convince you of the opposite.

The Mai Samui Beach Resort is yet another Thai pearl in terms of spectacular beach resorts. It counts close to 100 rooms and you could be opting for a decadent Mai Pool Villa or an exceptional deluxe room. Enjoy a wide range of top of the class treatments, facials and purification treatments include, and let the ancient Thai massage specialists feel like you have reached the seventh heaven.

The breathtaking Koyao Island Resort is located near Phuket and it has tons of secluded beaches all around, along with gorgeous islands where there are no inhabitants. The hotel has more than 20 luxurious villas and all of them have been specially designed in the traditional Thai style of architecture. Each of these villas features its private garden and has a view to the beach.

Delicious Thai Seafoods

Delicious Thai Seafoods

If you are visiting Thailand any time soon, perhaps the most important thing you ought to never forget is to try a serving or two of the world-famous Thai sea foods cuisine. For sure, one of the reasons why you decided to visit Thailand was because of its famed beaches and resorts such as those in Phuket, Thailand but with beaches also come the sea. By extension, the sea begets marvelous and sumptuous seafood delicacies that demand nothing short of your attention and palate.

Now, there are a myriad of ways to try and satisfy your get it now urge for Thai seafood. The easiest, and perhaps the safest, is to head to the big restaurants in Thailand such as those in metropolitan Bangkok where the all sorts of seafood dishes are being served. You will find grilled, fried, stewed, or baked fish fresh from the sea surrounding Thailand. Curry is also a mainstay and it is often cooked with all types of seafood delicacies, from mussels to crab legs. As far as seafood dining does, you will be well served with the big and well-known restaurants across Thailand’s cities.

The adventurer in you, of course, may crave for something that is off the beaten track. In fact, many tourists would say they had the most unforgettable meals in Thailand by staying off of the big restaurants and instead spending more time in places that the locals frequent. Why visit site of the well-known restaurants when you can get more fulfilling meals at more affordable prices in places that are popular to the local crowd?

For this, you have to find spots along the beach which are never out of customers. These types of places get their ingredients fresh out of the sea, straight from the hands of fishermen and not from the markets where the price has already considerably jumped. This direct purchase of goods straight from the source means that the food can be great but still cheap. There is no need for a professional institute of culinary joy when the small restaurants are more than sufficient.

In these restaurants, look for the best Thai seafood recipes. Pat Pak Ruam, for example, is a simple stir-fried fish and vegetable recipe but you can also find grander dishes like Gai Pat Med Muang which is a stir-fry of fish with cashew nuts and spices. Noodles are also particularly famous as can be expected, much like payday UK a week before the payday arrives, owing to its versatility, simplicity, and affordability. You will find clever dishes where the noodles are wrapped around the shrimp giving it an elegant, exotic, and fresh look. Other typical noddle dishes include Pat Thai (a simple stir fry of noodles, tofu, quail eggs, fish and bean sprouts with a peanut oil and lemon juice flavoring), Pat Sii-Yew (with Chinese kale) and Pat Kii Mao named because it is also called drunken noodles due to the spicy flavoring.

Detailing all the Thai seafood recipes is a tall and challenging order so instead of just reading about them, head down to Thailand – or to any Thai restaurant in your locale – to get a taste of what Thailand has to offer. It’s a gastronomic feast of astronomical proportions, something you are not likely to forget for the rest of your life.

Thailand: The emerging export capital of South East Asia

Thailand: The emerging export capital of South East Asia

Whenever I think of Thailand, I can only imagine the sight of beaches and green paddy fields as shown in movies. Though, Thailand is more popular as a tourist destination, it is also the second largest economy and one of the biggest exporters of South East Asia. As exports form the major part of its GDP, Thailand has established trade relations with many developed and developing nations of the world. Its most significant trade partners are United States of America, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Thailand’s exports fall in a number of categories; major of which are agricultural products, textiles, gems and minerals, electronics, automobiles and wooden articles.

Agriculture and fishery are the main occupations of Thailand. Thailand is the world’s leading exporter in rice. It is also the biggest exporter of shrimp in the international market. In addition to the agricultural products, Thailand also leads as a supplier and research and development center for rubber and its products. Whether it is the cushion on pool tables, gloves or vehicle tires, you can find an imprint of Thai rubber technology everywhere.

Thailand has a strong manufacturing sector and competes with many of the ASEAN countries in the areas of textiles, electronics and automobile manufacturing. Thailand enjoys a special relationship with Japan that has helped it maintain growing exports in the automobile and textile sectors. Thailand has a free trade agreement with Japan and provides for high quality textile to design carpets, curtains, foto canvas etc. for its interior decoration industry.

In addition, Thailand is considered a hub of the electronic circuits, computer accessories like hard disk drives, circuit boards etc. It shouldn’t surprise you if someone tells that the PC or Mac you are using to play temple run online has been assembled from the parts made in some distant factory of Thailand.

Thailand’s craftsmanship is also world renowned. It is widely in demand for its gems and jewelry, silk clothing, ceramics and wooden furniture. Thailand has a history in crafting and designing jewelry and ceramics. It is this rarity that makes Thai products famous with collectors. In spite of the fact that Thai people do not usually have as furnished houses as the serviced apartments London and other western cities have, they are known for their artistic, simple and green wooden furniture which, is highly sought in European markets.

The export market of Thailand saw a decline in 2012 but has been forecasted to regain its growth in the coming year. Thailand’s natural resources, manufacturing prowess and craftsmanship have the ability to make Thailand the export capital of not only South Asia but of the entire world.

Despite Thailand’s economic success some people still worry about their health and safety while visiting Thailand. One of my friends, an accident lawyer by profession, even said that you might get locked up for years if not careful in Thailand. Surely, Thailand has strict laws for the safety of its citizens and visitors but most of such concerns are unwarranted and spread by some unwary travelers. Thailand is bound to become a major economic success and only trend one needs to look for is its development.

Cultural Festivals of Thailand

Cultural Festivals of Thailand

Despite the grandeur, beauty, and hospitality that Thailand is known for, one of the best reasons why tourists continue to flock to this exotic country in Southeast Asia is because of its extensive array of cultural festivals. Thailand is predominantly a Buddhist nation and many of its cultural displays are influenced by this belief but Thailand has plenty of other things to offer to tourists and pilgrims of all shapes, sizes, and callings. From the working capital in Bangkok to the picturesque beach destinations in Phuket,Thailand has plenty to offer for those that are interested to know more about what Thailand’s culture can offer.

Here are some of the most renowned and celebrated cultural festivals in Thailand that you should plan to check out one of these days:

  • Flower Festival Chiang Mai. Thailand is home to an extensive variety of flowers which begin to bloom in February. These flowers have a special place in various religions, and as such commands a festival all to itself. The Flower Festival in Chiang Mai is one such celebration, and it is certainly a wonderful excuse to check out Thailand’s thriving handicraft culture and its well known array of beauty pageants which also happen in and around this 3-day festival. You can learn more about the Flower Festival in Chiang Mai by reading about it, or scheduling a visit to Chiang Mai during the 3rd week of February.
  • Songkran Festival. Thailand’s Buddhist culture celebrates the turn of the New Year in April and the Songkran Festival is a concerted, nationwide, effort to make this into a full cultural display of Thai beauty and religious belief. If you want to enjoy Thailandat a time when everyone else is on a merrymaking high, you can continue reading about the Songkran Festival, or better yet plan a trip during the 2nd week of April.
  • Phi Ta Khon Festival. This is one of the most important festivals in the Buddhist calendar. It has its origins in an old Buddhist tale celebrating the Buddha’s last reincarnation prior to enlightenment. It consists of a colorful array of parades, with men dressed as spirits to celebrate the various incarnations of the Buddha’s life. You can visit site at Loei where the it is celebrated by planning a trip toThailand in June.
  • Candle Festival. You’ve probably seen pictures of lanterns being flown at night; these pictures are of the candle festival celebrated in July. Of all the cultural festivals in Thailand, this one is certainly worth a pikalaina just so can enjoyThailand at its most solemn moment. Don’t pass up on the opportunity to enjoy one of the hallmarks of the Buddhist faith by joining the candle festival celebrations during this time of year.

Thailand is a great destination for its picturesque beaches but its colorful cultural festivals are certainly worth the trip too. If you are planning to schedule a trip to Thailand any day soon, make sure to do it during one of Thailand’s many festivals so you can fully appreciate the country for its beliefs and appeal. Truly, it is a sight you are bound to remember for the rest of your life.

Key Monuments in Thailand

Key Monuments in Thailand

Thailand is a fascinating country located in the centre of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is a place where one can keep exploring the cities, the small villages, the amazing natural scenery and the world-famous historical monuments without showing signs of boredom too soon. Speaking of Thai monuments, the country possesses quite a few of those. Here are some of the most notable.

The Democracy Monument is part of Bankok’s heritage and it is a public monument located in the centre of the country’s capital. Interested tourists can watch it in all of its glory on the east-west Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, at an easy-accessible intersection of Dinso Road. It was commissioned in 1939 to commemorate the Siamese Revolution which resulted in the formation of the constitutional monarchy – the Kingdom of Siam. Military ruler Phibun envisioned the Democracy Monument as the centre of new Bankok. Visitors can get service reception in this particular area hassle-free, as the monument is located in the middle of an important traffic circle in the city. Also, filming or photographing the monument that was designed by Mew Aphaiwong should not be an issue.

Another spectacular monument that the Thai people is extremely proud of it the Great Buddha of Thailand, also referred to as The Big Buddha or Maha Nawamin. This is the tallest statue in the country and it also ranks ninth in a top ten of the tallest monuments in the world. It is located in the Wat Muang Monetary in Ang Thong province. It counts a height of 300 feet and a width of 210 feet. Its construction lasted for 18 years and was completed in 2008. The statue is covered in gold and it is made of simple cement. Pulling out a south beach smoke electronic cigarette from one’s pocket and smoking it around the statue might not be exactly regarded as a positive approach to visiting this monument. On the other hand, ordering some flowers victoria bc located and placing them at the feet of the statue might sound more natural.

The Victory Monument is an impressively large military monument located in Bankok. It is placed in the northeastern part of central Bangkok, again at the center of a traffic circle at the intersection of three important roads. Its western design features an obelisk in the centre and its shape suggests a sword and also an important element that can hold in a territory. The monument is designed in the shape of 5 bayonets that are clasped together, representing the navy, the army, the air force, the police and the civilian bureaucracy. The 5 bayonets were designed by Corrado Feroci, an Italian Sculptor who was not particularly pleased with the combo between his own work and the obelisk in the center, hence referring to the Victory Monument as “the victory of embarrassment.”

Wongwian Yai is yet another roundabout monument located in Thon Buri, where the Statue of King Taksin is to be found. There are certainly a lot of affitti apartments here tourists can rent and get to admire the entire historical area, as well as the Wongwian Yai monument itself.

The Natural Beauty of Thailand

The Natural Beauty of Thailand

Thailand has been a popular tourist destination for many years. For many people a holiday to Thailand means a big shopping experience. You can pick up some fantastic bargains there and even with paying import duty when you get to the customs gate when you get home, you will not be able to pick these things up cheaper anywhere else.

But when traveling to Thailand you can expect to be amazed by this countries natural beauty. Long stretches of sandy beaches, crystal blue waters and a choice of mountains to explore.

This is a country perfect for anyone who enjoys the outdoors as you wander along the beach in the evening watching the sunset or you go hiking up the mountains only to find the most beautiful panoramic views. Smaller islands can be found here and you can swim out to them and have a new experience to explore, there is just so much to do and see, who knows you may find some loose diamonds.

Thailand is also very popular for its beach resorts, resorts where you can lie on the beach and soak up the sun and then head to the pool for a swim before heading to your room for some relax time before the night falls and the beach parties begin.

This is a completely different way of life for many of us, it’s such a relaxing and peaceful part of the world where you can really let your hair down and let all the stress of the past year melt away.

Besides the beauty of Thailand, it’s an affordable vacation option for so many people. Everything is cheaper in Thailand from the air tickets to accommodation and as mentioned before, the shopping opportunities are guaranteed to have anyone delighted when in the mood for some retail therapy.

This is not an area where you do your shopping online or search the internet for a law example or project source. This is an area where you leave the hotel and go out, explore and come back with your arms filled with great souvenirs to take back home with you.

When in Thailand you should take the time to visit some of the spectacular temples. These Buddhist temples are architectural masterpieces that will have you in awe and then there are the quaint fishing villages where you can take a leisurely walk and watch as the locals go about their business and catch fish for their meal tonight. Don’t be surprised if they try and sell some of their catch on to you, but remember you probably have a fantastic meal waiting for you back at the hotel.

The jagged cliffs of Thailand offer adventure seekers the opportunity to go mountain biking or hiking, reaching the highest peaks and then just gazing at the picturesque views. You can learn more about this beautiful area online, do a search the same as you would for Dentist in Everett or community resource. A trip to Thailand will always be remembered with fond memories.