There are times when you visit somewhere new, yet there is something familiar. Like maybe you have been there before, in another life, another form, another time. A sense of irritating déjà vu that you cannot quite place.
My first (and so far only) time to Thailand was like this. A wonderful mixture of the exotic and comforting. What is especially charming about Thailand is the people. While stereotyping is by its nature often inaccurate. From my experience, the Thai people I meet where cordially, kind and accommodating. As a short woman, I am used to being a bit of an oddity, so come to a land where I am one of many shorties. Well it is an interesting experience. Spirituality is rife in Thailand, not in a pushy, dogmatic manner. More a feeling, sensing; not always tangible but always close. With an established affinity with Buddhism, the abundance of temples is always a relief. Even if you are not religious, they possess a presence of peace that I for one have not felt elsewhere.
Formerly known as Siam, Thailand is located in South-Eastern Asia, sharing a border with Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Sharing two sea along its coastline (Gulf of Thailand to the south and the Andaman sea to the west), makes Thailand a very rich source of marine life. As far as terrestrial wildlife, Thailand is blessed with Elephants, Tigers, many species of monkeys and countless gorgeous flora.
One day, Thailand and I will be together again.