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Thailand

About Thailand

Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It's known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha.

 

In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Nearby beach resorts include bustling Pattaya and fashionable Hua Hin.

  • Population: approximately 69.80 million.

  • Area: 513,120 km² (barely smaller than France).

  • Capital: Bangkok (10 million inhabitants, 15 million in the "greater Bangkok").

  • Languages: Thai (tonal language, like Chinese and Vietnamese).

  • Currency: Baht.

  • Religions: Buddhism (nearly 94%), Islam (less than 5%), Christianity (about 1%)

  • Nature of the regime: constitutional monarchy with authoritarian tendencies.

  • Head of state: King Maha Vajiralongkorn, also known as Rāma X.

  • Prime minister: general Prayuth Chan-ocha (since May 2014).

  • Human development index: 0.765 (ranked 77th in the world).

  • Unesco World Heritage Sites: the historic city of Sukhothai and associated historic towns; the historic city of Ayutthaya; the archaeological site of Ban Chiang; the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai forest complex.

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