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The kingdom of Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, making it a natural gateway to Indochina, Myanmar and Southern China. Its shape and geography divide into four natural regions : the mountains and forests of the North; the vast rice fields of the Central Plains; the semi-arid farm lands of the Northeast plateau; and the tropical islands and long coastline of the peninsula South.

The country comprises 76 provinces that are further divided into districts, sub-districts and villages. Bangkok is the capital city and centre of political, commercial, industrial and cultural activities. It is also the seat of Thailand's revered Royal Family, with His Majesty the King recognised as Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, Upholder of the Buddhist religion and Upholder of all religions.

Thailand is a constitutional monarchy with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, or King Rama IX, the ninth king of the Chakri Dynasty, the present king. The King has reigned for more than half a century, making him the longest reigning Thai monarch. Thailand embraces a rich diversity of cultures and traditions. With its proud history, tropical climate and renowned hospitality, the Kingdom is a never-ending source of fascination and pleasure for international visitors.

Neighboring countries:
1) Myanmar - west and north,
2) Lao P.D.R. - north and northeast,
3) Cambodia - southeast and
4) Malaysia - south.

 Area: 513,115 sq. km.

FACTS AT A GLANCE Detail
Capital Bangkok
Government Constitutional Monarchy
Currency Thai baht (THB)
Area total: 514,000 km2
water: 2,230 km2
land: 511,770 km2
Population 63,038,247 (December 2007 est.) 
Language Thai (official), ethnic and regional dialects
Religion Buddhist 95%, Muslim   3.8%, Christian 0.5%, Hindu 0.1%, other 0.6% (1991)
Electricity 220V/50Hz (American   and/or European plug) 
Calling Code +66
Internet TLD .th
Time Zone UTC +7

Thailand National Holidays
DATE HOLIDAY
1 January New Year's Day
21 February Makha Bucha Day
6 April Chakri Day
7 April Substitution for Chakri Day
April 13 - 15 (12+16+17 in some areas) Songkran Days
1 May Labour Day
5 May Coronation Day
9 May Ploughing Day
19 May Visakha Bucha Day
17 July Asarnha Bucha Day
18 July Buddhist Lent Day
12 August H.M. The Queen's Birthday
23 October Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
5 December H.M. The King's Birthday
10 December Constitution Day
31 December New Year's Eve

Web Links
Tourism Thailand : Facts at a Glance http://www.tourismthailand.org/


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