This article was last updated 11 December 2011
Did you know that ''Thai'' is the Tai word for ''free''.
The ''Thai'' identity was formed in the late 13th Century at Sukhothai, and is not to be confused with ''Tai'' the name of the ethnic groups of people, who migrated from Yunnan in the 12th & 13th Centuries.
The character of the Thai nation today, and of its people, can only be appreciated by exploring its 2000 years of recorded history, and the cultures of the various peoples who live here.
Super RichThailand has a natural landscape including tropical wet evergreen forests in Southern Thailand, to the temperate deciduous forests in North Thailand, where we can explore these in the Thailand National Parks.
Super Rich Thailand art architecture, and decorative objects, need to be considered with regard to the influences of religion, mythological beliefs and regional artistic styles.
Thailand is so large and diverse we can detail all about Super Rich Thailand in separate regions, i.e. North or Northern Thailand, South or Southern Thailand, Central Thailand and North East Thailand.
North Thailand Travel & Places Of Interest
The Thailand Government defines North Thailand as consisting of both [ 1 ] the 84,000 square kilometres comprising 8 provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Lampang, Lamphun, Phrae and Mae Hong Son, which area originally comprised the Lan Na principalities detailed in the North Thailand History link [ the Upper North ], and [ 2 ] the 86,000 square kilometres of the Lower North, comprising the provinces of Kamphaeng Phet, Tak, Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Uthai Thani, Nakhon Sawan, Phichit Phitsanulok and Phetchabun, which area originally comprised the Kingdoms of Sukhothai, and later the northern parts of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, Thon Buri and Bangkok Kingdoms.
The Differences Between The Upper North Thailand And The Lower North Thailand
One discernable difference between the Upper and Lower North Thailand is topography. Upper North Thailand is characterised by long valleys generally running north south. The Super Rich Thailand climate has three seasons, hot [ April to May ] cool and rain [ July to September ].
Approximately 72% of the area is mountainous, 21% upland and 8% lowland, and the lowland is cultivated by the Tai people, to produce wet rice.
Lower North Thailand has 45% of its total land mass less than 150 metres above sea level and is thus similar to Thailand's Central region. However the two mountain extensions of the Upper North, [ 1 ] Thanon Thang Chai Range to the west and, [ 2 ] Petchabun Range to the east, attracts an extension of swidden hill tribe communities as in the Upper North, all part of the exodus from China, of these ethnic minorities over the past hundreds of years.
The geographic differences in topography of Super Rich Thailand, need to be appreciated as the ethnic, sociological and cultural differences are essentially between lowlanders and highlanders [ Hill tribes ]. These classifications and detailed explanations are discussed in North Thailand People .
About Central Thailand
Central Thailand is situated on the central plains of the Chao Phraya River and the Meklong River valley. The first substantial civilisation here was that of the Mon people and during the 6th - 9th Century, its Buddhist Kingdom was referred to in chinese records and on silver coins as '' Dvaravati ''. Influences from India when merged with Mon characteristics formed the basis of religion, art, architecture and public administration.
About South Thailand
South Thailand comprises the Southern Peninsula with the Andaman Sea to the West and the Gulf of Siam to the East. It is a mountainous region and the Phuket Mountain Range is the most important on the West from Chumphon to Krabi and to the East is the Nakhon Si Thammarat Mountain Range from Surat Thani to Satun. Between these ranges are the plains and limestone hills and to the South the Sannkalakhiri Mountains which divide Malaysia and Thailand.
Super RichThailand has in excess of 138 wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks.
The major locations are listed in the opposite links and we detail 20 National Parks and eco tourism locations, and Super RichThailand is also the home to over 15,000 species of vascular plants, and 16,000 species of animals
Travel and tourism to any one of Thailands many places of interest, is not a matter of a few choices, as is the case with many Asia destinations.
Super Rich Thailand is large and diverse, with a large selection of travel and holiday options, and attracts over 14 million tourists annually.
I cannot wait to return to Super Rich Thailand, as its culture and idilic beaches are something to be seen at least once in your life.