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Thailand Information - Facts at a Glance

Country Name | Capital | Geography | Neighboring Countries
Area | Typography | Population | People | Language | Religion
Government | Head of State | Prime Minister | Administration
National Flag | Time | Climate | Electricity | Driving | Phoning

Full Country Name

Thailand (Prathet Thai, meaning "land of the free")

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Bangkok (Krung Thep, meaning " city of angels")

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Lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, roughly equidistant between India and China.

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Neighboring Countries

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

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514,000 sq. km.

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Thailand is divided into four distinct areas:
1) the mountainous North,
2) the fertile Central Plains,
3) the semi-arid plateau of the Northeast, and
4) the many beautiful tropical beaches & offshore islands of the Southern peninsula

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60.2 million (6 million in Bangkok alone)

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Thai (80%), Chinese (10%), Malay (3%), and the rest are minorities (Mons, Khmers, hilltribes)

Ethnic Thais form the majority, though the area has historically been a migratory crossroads, and has thus produced a degree of ethnic diversity. Integration is such, however, that culturally and socially there is enormous unity.

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Thai (though English is widely understood in most major cities)

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Buddhism (95%), Muslim (4%), others (1%)

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Democratic Constitutional Monarchy

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Head of State

H.R.H. King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX of the Chakri Dynasty)

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Prime Minister

Thaksin Shinawatra

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76 provinces, each subdivided into amphoe (district), tambon (sub-disrict) and muban (village)

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National Flag

The red, white, and blue stripes symbolize the nation, Buddhism, and the monarchy, respectively.

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GMT + 7 hours

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- Tends to be humid and hot throughout the year.
- Average annual temperature = 28 degree C (83 degree F)
- 3 seasons: Hot (Mar-May); Rainy (Jun-Oct); Cool (Nov-Feb)

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220 volts AC at 50 cycles per second

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Drive on the left and give way to traffic approaching from the right.

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If you wish to make an overseas call, you have to first dial 001, which is Thailand's international access code. You then dial the country code, area code and the number of the person you wish to call.

Economy Call: You can also use 001 809 as Thailand's international access code, by doing so, you can save up to 40%. Although voice quality is not good as dialing 001, it's fine for most cases.

For example, if you make a call to Sydney, Australia, telephone number 123 4567 you can dial 001 61 2 123 4567 or 001 809 61 2 123 4567.

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