ABOUT THAILANDThailand, formerly Siam, is an independent country that lies in the heart of Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast and Indonesia and India in the Andaman Sea to the southwest.
Festivals and Events
Phuket's Big Buddha
Phuket's Big Buddha is one of the island's most important and revered landmarks. The huge image sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and at 45 metres high it is easily seen from far away."
Poy Sang Long parade
Deemed by the local authority and the Tourism Authority of Thailand as a unique festival, Poi Sang Long, is one of the most significant and important traditions practiced in Mae Hong Son. This particular festival celebrated during the month of March marks the Buddhist novice ordination ceremony which the Thai Yai people hold to be a highly meritorious occasion."
Surin Elephant Festival
Pack your trunk and head for the Surin Elephant Festival. Every year, more than 100 elephants take part in this event. The Elephant Round-up displays the amazing grace, strength and intelligence of this huge creature in games of soccer, log carrying, and the tug-of-war against human teams. The talent and playfulness of the pachyderms never fail to draw cheers from the spectators.