UTC+7 (12 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Located at 20 degrees north latitude, Thailand is generally hot and humid with a climate that is classified as tropical monsoon. A pronounced rainy season lasts from July to October. From November to February, the northeast monsoon brings a cooler, drier period, when humidity drops from an average high of 95 percent to an average low of 58 percent. During this season, temperatures typically range from the mid-60s in the early morning to the mid-80s during the day. The period from March to June is Bangkok's summer, which is usually hot and humid; temperatures can reach 100° Fahrenheit.
Central Thai is the official language, with other dialects being spoken in the country. Chinese and Malay are spoken by many people. Thai is a tonal language, meaning that a given syllable can have different meanings depending on the inflection with which it is pronounced. Central Thai has five tones.
Thai, English , ethnic and regional dialects
Thai 75%, Chinese 14%, other 11%
Birthday of King PHUMIPHON (BHUMIBOL), 5 December (1927)
15 00 N, 100 00 E
Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, southeast of Burma