Thailand - the land of smiles - is a country of renowned hospitality and fascinating culture, scenic diversity and ancient traditions, quiet temples and modern urban excitement. With an independent history dating back more than seven centuries, contemporary Thailand shows a variety of cultural influences and blends them into something distinctive and memorably Thai. The kingdom of Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, a natural gateway to Indochina, Myanmar and Southern China. The country is geographically divided into four natural regions offering a unique experience for the traveler in search of discovery: the green misty mountains and forests of the North with their exotic hill tribes and Chiang Mai’s traditional customs and crafts preserved over generation; the endless rice fields and the evocative ruins of ancient Thai capitals of the Central Plains; the semi-arid farm lands of the Northeast plateau; and the tropical islands and long coastlines of the Southern peninsula, some of the world's most beautiful beaches and off-shore islands. Bustling Bangkok, the capital city and centre of political, commercial, industrial and cultural activities is the seat of Thailand's Royal Family, a dynamic city of history and countless pleasures.