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Thailand and its population

  • The Kingdom of Thailand:
    Covering an area of 514,000 square kilometers, lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, roughly equidistant between India and China.
    It shares borders with Myanmar to the west and north, Lao P.D.R. to the north and northeast, Cambodia to the east and Malaysia to the south.
    Thailand is divided into four distinct areas : the mountainous North, the fertile Central Plains, the semi-arid plateau of the Northeast, and the peninsula South, distinguished by its many beautiful tropical beaches and offshore.
    When comparing Thailand to an European country it is almost as big a France. People say that the shape of Thailand can be compared to an elephant.
  • Climate:
    Thailand lies within the tropics and remains warm throughout the year. Average temperatures are about 29 C.
  • Population:
    Thailand has a population of about 60 million. Ethnic Thais form the majority.
    The Thai people are well known for their tolerance, hospitality and cheerfulness. This is one of the reasons that makes Thailand so popular for the tourist, the Thai people are so very friendly, hence the nick name "The Land Of Smiles"
  • Religion:
    The national religion is Theravada Buddhism, practiced by more than 90 percent of all Thais. The remainder of the population adheres to Muslim, Christian, Hindu and other faiths, all of which are allowed full freedom of expression.
    Everywhere in Thailand you will encounter Buddha statues and temples.
  • Currency:
    The Thai monetary unit is the baht, which is subdivided into 100 satang.
  • Electricity:
    The standard electricity supply in Thailand is 220V. Electricity sockets are usually of the flat or round two-pin type, but there is a trend towards earthed three-pin outlets in many modern buildings
  • Cuisine
    The Thai cuisine is considered to be one of the most finest in the world. During your visit you can taste a great variety of delicious meals. Enjoy your meal.

do and don'ts

  • The Monarchy:
    All members of the Royal Family are held in the highest reverence in Thailand and visitors should show similar respect. Do not insult the monarchy.
  • Religion:
    Do not insult the religion in any way, whether it be the majority religion, Buddhism, or any of the minority faiths. For the traveller, this means proper conduct in temples or any location containing religious images. All Buddha images, large or small, are considered sacred. Don't climb atop or pose for photos in front of images of the Buddha.
    Always dress neatly in temples - shorts and sleeveless shirts are considered inappropriate. Do not wear shoes in the main chapel of a temple where the principal Buddha image is kept.
    Monks are forbidden to touch or be touched by a woman.
  • Social etiquette:
    • Thais greet each other with a ' wai ' , a prayer like, palms-together gesture, not a handshake. Generally, a younger person ' wais ' an elder or senior person, who will then return the gesture. Even though most Thais are familiar with the Western handshake, a ' wai ' is always appreciated.
    • Thais regard the head as the highest part of the body, literally and figuratively. Don't touch Thais on the head, even playfully.
    • The foot is considered the lowest part of the body. Don't use your feet to point at either people or objects. Don't touch anyone with your feet. Don't rest your feet on tables or chairs.
    • When handing objects to people, use both hands or the right hand only.
    • Never raise your voice or show anger, it will get you nowhere. Keeping cool, hiding your emotions and smiling is far more productive.
    • When visiting someone's home or at certain offices and shops, it's polite to remove your shoes at the entrance. If you see shoes arranged on the floor at the door, don't wait to be asked - remove your shoes before entering



thai art

elephants everywhere


the longnecks

the wai

thai dancing

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Culture in Thailand