The Kingdom of Thailand (formerly known as Siam), is an independent country that lies in the heart of Southeast Asia. The country is bordered to the north by Laos and Myanmar, enclosed by Cambodia and Vietnam on the east, bounded by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysiaon the south, and encircled by the Andaman Sea and Myanmar on the west.
For centuries, Thailand has delighted visitors. An awe-struck 17th-century traveler, after seeing Thailand’s royal capital of Ayutthaya for the first time, wrote that Thailand is, “A city with golden spires and more than 2,000 gilt images.” Thailand has seen considerable change since then, but its allure is undiminished. It is easily the most popular travel and business destination in Southeast Asia.