Thailand is one of the most heavily visited places in southeast Asia. It is an especially popular destination for travellers because of its tropical climate, its beach areas, nightlife, and hospitable people.
Formerly known as Siam, Thailand is located in southeastern Asia, bordered on the North and West by Burma, the North and East by Laos, the Southeast by Cambodia, and the South by Malaysia. It stretches south in a thin strip of land which is bordered on the west by the Andaman Sea and east by the Gulf of Thailand.
The weather in Thailand is tropical; it has a rainy, warm, and cloudy southwest monsoon mid-May to September, and a dry, cool northeast monsoon November to mid-March. The southern isthmus is always hot and humid.
In December 2004, the west coast of Thailand was hit by the tsunami caused by the Indian Ocean earthquake. Several beach areas suffered extensive damage, however even with the damage, many places are operating again, waiting for visitors. Please update this if you know the status of any of these affected areas in regards to travel and tourism.