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Thai Language :

While the official Thai language is widely spoken throughout Thailand, many Thais also speak and understand English, though more so in Bangkok and the major tourist areas.  As visitors to Thailand also include many Europeans and other Asians, Thai people's language skills often also include these other languages to varying degrees.  The Thai language itself is challenging to master, but Thai people are happy to help foreigners learn a few words to help them get around.  However, English is typically the common currency for cross-cultural conversation as Thailand hosts visitors from around the world.

With so many visitors, the Thailand communications system has many features that make it very accessible to foreigners.  In regards to telephone use, it is possible to get a Thai SIM card at most international airports and both rental mobile phones and SIM cards are readily available in destinations including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket.  Workers in post offices generally speak some English, and there are internet cafes throughout Thailand that feature Skype headsets specifically to cater to visitors wishing to communicate with friends and family back home.  The Thailand communications system is both modern and convenient for visitors to use.

Thai Culture:

Thai culture needs to be understood from the ethnic traditions of the various peoples who migrated to Thailand to form the Thai culture as we understand it today, the influences from India of religion and mythology, the origin myths of some of the minorities living in Thailand and animist traditions which continue today.

From these traditions we have a Thai culture where belief systems are distinguishable from elsewhere and the themes of these are reflected in the performing arts of music and dance, in the art forms of woodwork, sculture, murals, pottery and bronze and significantly in architecture forms and decorations, both in the past and continuing in new buildings today.

Most importantly Thai culture is significant in the behaviour, customs and beliefs of the Thai people today.

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Tha Kham Dolphin Festival (Chachoengsao)
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November 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015

Let's take a look very closer at dolphins jump and swim on the surface Bangpakong river more than 50 species such as Irrawaddy dolphin, Pacific humpback dolphin and Bottlenose dolphin. Besides, you can join watching birds activity and study the fisherman's life.

   

Trekking Season at Phu Soi Dao National Park
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August 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015

Venue : Phu Soi Dao National Park, Nampad district, Uttaradit.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting tourists to take part in this year's trekking season at Phu Soi Dao National Park between August and January. The rainy season is the best time to take in the magical sights of the kingdom's indigenous flowers in full bloom.

   

Wawee tea tasting and luscious coffee of Doi Chang Festival (Chiang Rai)
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December 1, 2014 - January 31, 2015

Venue : In the event, you can taste tea from Doi Wawee, fresh coffee from Doi Chang, tribal performances, Doi's people sport competition such as running and pushing mortar, shooting crossbow, throwing pestle and tug-of-war etc.

   

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