Thailand's capital city for over 200years, Bangkok offers the
international traveler a facinaing, sometimes chaotic rush of
sensory atimulation exotic sights, world-class shopping, super spas,
and splendid cuisine, plus a complex mix of the old and the new-from
the centuries old temples to state of the art public transport.
Local time GMT+7 hours. Thailand follows the western 12month
calendar. Year designation, however, may be based on either the
Gregorian, or Buddhist clender. The western year 2007 corresponds to
the Buddhist year2550. Religious and seasomal ceremonies are based
on the lunar calendar.
Thai is the national language. Various
regional dialects are also spoken. English is understood in Bangkok
and major cites.
Thai names and Spelling
As these is no standard for the
Romanized spelling of Thai names and works, a variety of spelling
may be encountered. In most cases, either a phonetic spellings or
direct transliteration is used, resulting in silent "h"s and thus
Thai street and place names may appear with a number of spellings.