Thailand, officially designated as the Kingdom of Thailand (ราชอาณาจักรไทย), is located in Southeast Asia. This country is mysterious and enchanting to foreigners, especially Westerners, for the combination of its characteristics – the cultural heritage, the warm climate and incredible sunny beaches of “Tropical Thailand”, lively modern urban areas as Bangkok, and mountainous impressive places, such as Chiang Mai province.

Thai culture received influences mainly from India and China, and is profoundly defined by its national religion - Buddhism - represented by monumental and exquisite Buddhist temples, some of them giant, as Was Muang (92m tall), others outstanding, as Wat Burapha Phiram, a Buddha literally standing (59.2m tall). The two rivers, Chao Phraya and the Mekong, define Thailand's landscapes and sustain the country’s agriculture of wet rice (the major occupation of the rural population, thus being important for the national economy), providing a network of waterways, essential for the transportation of people and goods across the country.

Population: around 68 million

Capital: Bangkok

Other major cities: Nonthaburi, Udon Thani, Chonburi, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Hat Yai, Pak Kret, Khon Kaen

Religion: Buddhism (State religion)

Climate: Tropical (rainy monsoon season between May and October)

Main attractions: Wat Arun, Phi Phi Islands, Doi Inthanon National Park, Sukhothai Historical Park, Wat Saket, Golden Buddha, Railay Beach

Thailand is nowadays a thriving country — its economy is in the world’s top 20, having tourism, agriculture and manufacturing as its main contributors. This constitutional monarchy is, in fact, a serious tourism destination thanks to its culture, ancient monuments, extraordinary Buddhist temples, splendid islands, impressive beaches and waterways, mountainous natural parks, traditional farming, flourishing villages and dashing cities. Discover more about this mysterious nation through these live webcams in Thailand.