Thailand Joes de Kock & Daantje van meurs

The capital Bangkok

Bangkok is a big city with more than 8 million people. The tourism in Bangkok is very important for the revenues of Bangkok. The city is standing on the fourth place after New York, London and Paris with revenues from foreign tourism. The centre of Bangkok is the island Rattanakosin. Bangkok has got more than one centre, but the Siam area is often seen as the centre because there is a large shopping centre. There is also the only transfer station that has two lines through the skytrain and the express ways, that both lay above street level. There are more big cities in Thailand like Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is also a big city in Thailand. Chiang Mai is 700 kilometres away from Bangkok and between the highest mountains of the land. The last few years Chiang Mai is really modernized. Later the city became a very important centre because of the self made things such as umbrellas, jewellery and woodcarvings.

The languages

The language is Thai. Thai is the native language of 90% of the people living in Thailand. The language can be separated in four dialects. In the middle of the country they speak Thai. Also called as Siamees. In the Northeast of the country the people speak Isaan. In the south and North of the country the people speak Northern and southern Thai.

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River Kwai

The River Kwai is a tourism place. There is a bridge over the River Kwai. The bridge was a railroad. It was a Japanese plan to build the railroad so that they could trade with Thailand. Workers needed to make it, but it was very dangerous. It was a really high bridge. The bridge took at least five years until it was ready. 61.000 British, Dutch, American and Australian prisoners and 200.000 military Asians were put to work. 16.000 people died building this bridge. That is why the bridge is called: The rail of death. During the second world war there were actually two bridges. One was the real wooden bridge where the train drove on. And the second one was a bridge where you could walk on. The second bridge was broken so now there is only one bridge. A bridge where you could walk on and where the train ride.

Khao Yai

Khao Yai is a National Park. The park lays 180 kilometres at the north of Bangkok. There only live a few people. Khao Yai is a beautiful park with waterfalls, elephants and a lot more animals. It has a big surface. The National Park is principally a rain forest. The entrance is on 400 metres high. The highest mountain in Khao Yai is 1351 kilometres high.

The king of Thailand

King Rama IX Bhumibol Adulyadej died on 13 october 2016. Crown prince Vajiralongkorn has indicated that he wanted his coronation to delay, so then he can prepare himself. On 1 december 2016 he got invitedfor his coronation and he accepted. There will be waited 1 year after the death of his father until the formal coronation. The national holiday is 5 december, the birthday of Rama IX. Thailand has two anthems: the civil anthem (Phleng Chat) and a kingdom anthem (Phleng Sansasoen Phra Barami).

Thailand

The surface of Thailand is 514.000 km². There living 63.000.000 people and the capital city is Bangkok. The official religion is Buddhism. There are 76 provinces. The languages is Thais.

The climate in Bangkok is warm during the whole year. It’s average is above the 30 degrees. From may to october are the rainy seasons. You have a lot of monsoons in this time of the year.

About the food in Thailand, you find a lot of coconut milk, ginger, garlic, lemongrass and peppers in the Thai cuisine. There are also a lot of fruits like mangoes, pineapple, bananas and papayas.

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My vacation in Thailand

Bangkok

At first we stayed in the Royal Benja Hotel in Bangkok for two days. We didn’t really do anything those two days. We were a lot in the swimmingpool and we just discovered the city. After those days we cycled through Bangkok. First just through the city and after that we cycled through the forest. We had a really nice guide and he told us a lot about Bangkok.

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Khao Yai

The fourth day we travelled to Khao Yai. This is a national park. Here are many waterfalls, mountains and a tropical rainforest. There are also a lot of protected species. We walked two days in this beautiful park and we stayed in the Juldis Khao Yai Resort.

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The River Kwai

When we came back from the park we went to the River Kwai area. We stayed here for three days. We made a rift trip over the river and we rode on elephants the first day. the second day we went to the Erawan waterfall. The last day we made a boat trip over the River Kwai and we visited the bridge. After this day we went by train to Chiang Mai to relax and recover from the long train journey.

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Chiang Mai

Then we went to a elephant camp. We were staying in a cottage. We rode elephants and we took care of them for three days. We all had our own elephant to take care of. We stayed here for three days and it was really awesome to do, so after these days it was a pity to go. But we went to one of the most pretty islands I've ever been to so that was really cool to go to.

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Koh Samui

The island Koh Samui is a “Bounty-Island” with the whitest beach and the most beautiful sea i’ve ever seen. We stayed here the last week after the two active weeks. We stayed in the Chaweng Regent Beach Resort.

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