INTRODUCTION

WHY STUDYING IN ASIA
Asia is the world’s largest continent, and Thailand is just one small part of that, but it is by far one of the most open and charismatic countries in that continent. It also has a tremendous amount of potential to offer, and it has one of the world’s fastest-growing economies and a fantastic education system.
For a potential student, Thailand will not only give you a first-class education, but it will develop you for your future career. Most employees prefer employees who can articulate themselves, are independent and can stand on their own two feet, one of the many attributes that you will develop by studying in Thailand, there is much more to it.

YOUR INDEPENDENCE

The chance of living and studying in another country is something that most students would jump at, let alone studying in the tropics, so compelling are the attraction. If nothing else it will help you to quickly adapt to your new horizons developing you for your independent lifestyle. You will also discover yourself, as you discover the charms of your surroundings, building confidences which will pay dividends in your future working life.

EXPERIENCE ASIA

Degrees have never been as important for gaining the kind of career that you will want to strive for, but hand-in-hand, the experience that you will gain is equally important. Not only will it mould your opinions of the world at large, but it is also becoming a sought-after quality that employees are seeking to find in potential employees. Nothing can beat the first-hand experience that living in another country can offer, let alone being educated in one. So, studying in Asia will give you that solid foundation that you will never forget or regret.
Since the year 2000, the world’s power base has slowly shifted from Europe and North America to Asia. Books have been written about how this will be the ‘Asian Century.’ So, by studying here, you will become a part of it.

AFFORDABLILITY

Studying in Thailand is incredibly cheaper than studying in the UK, even after taking into consideration your flight.
INTRODUCTION TO THAILAND

ABOUT THAILAND

Thailand is a constitutional monarchy. The head of state is Rama X. His majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindrahebayavarangkun.
Economy Thailand is a fast-moving economy and a member of ASEAN. By 2030 Southeast Asia’s economy is predicted to eclipse Japan’s and be the World’s 4th largest single market after the EU, US and China.
Geography Asia is the world’s largest continent, and Thailand is just one small part of that, but it is by far one of the most open and charismatic countries on that continent. Thailand is the fiftieth largest country in the world, nearly the same size as Spain in land mass. It has a coast line that stretches 3,219km.
Population Thailand has a population of around 65 million people. Most of these are Thais, the others consist of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, Cambodian, Burmese and Lao. Bangkok has a greater diversity, than other areas of Thailand including thousands of subjects from both the UK as well as Ireland, as well as from all over the world.
Religion All religions are represented in Bangkok, with a large Anglican as well as Catholic following. The religious structure of Thailand is as follows
Buddhism 94.6%
Muslim 4.6%
Christianity 0.7%
Other religions 0.1%
There are approximately 292,000 Catholics in Thailand amounting to 0.46% of the population.
Language The official language of Thailand is Thai, although the population speaks various dialects depending upon the vernacular. The English language is widely understood in Thailand especially in Bangkok.
Temperature and Rainfall
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The temperature in Thailand never hardly drops below 26 degrees centigrade. In the UK and Ireland, you are just hoping that in the summer it will reach that temperature.
Money and Banking The official currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht. This consists of coins and notes. The Thai banking hours are generally Monday to Friday 9:30am to 3:30pm. Saturday opening until 12:00 noon. Most banks have outlets in the numerous shopping centres and these tend to open between 11:00am to 7:00pm. There are also currency exchanges in many of the BTS and RMT stations, which have different opening hours.
Weights and Measures Thailand uses the international metric system for all of its weights and measures, although clothes sizes in Thailand may vary somewhat to those in the UK and Ireland.
Electricity The electricity supply in Thailand is 220 volts, which is compatible with appliances from the UK and Ireland and most of Europe. Plug sockets are different, ranging from two pranged plugs to three pranged plugs. So, adapters are necessary in most cases.

PLACE TO VISIT

To study in Thailand, for many students, it is a dream come true, especially if you are the adventurous type. Thailand is teeming with places to explore and exciting islands to discover. Travelling in Thailand is both cheap and affordable. The topography ranges from the mountainous forested landscape of Mae Hong Son Province in the north, to the flat plains of the ancient Kingdom of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya.
Then around the magnificent coastline, you have the tropical islands of Khao Samet, Khao Chang, and Khao Phing Kan known as James Bond Island. For those who love their history, there is the town of Kanchanaburi, where the British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War, helped to build the infamous ‘Burma Railway.’
North of Bangkok there is the Lopburi, famous for its monkey temples. As a visitor you will be outnumbered by these monkeys, they are everywhere from rooftops to sitting on cars.
THAILAND EDUCATION SYSTEM
Thailand has come a long way in the last twenty years with many British and American schools setting up in Thailand, fuelled by the demand for excellent education. As a result of this, the higher education end has been forced into investing heavily to satisfy domestic demand. The ranking of universities in Thailand has also dramatically increased as they enjoy competing with the rest of the world.