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THAILAND-AN OVERVIEW

Thailand… as rich in geographic diversity as it is rich in history and culture. There are few places on earth that offer the visitor so much… jungles and mountains, rivers and countryside, islands and beaches, temples and palaces, cities and technology… Thailand has everything a visitor could ask for - and substantially more besides. But most tourists and potentialvisitors would know some fundamental facts.
Thailand was for centuries known as ‘Siam’, the official title changing to ‘Muang Thai’ (‘home of the free’) in 1939. The country is located in Southeast Asia and borders Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. It has a population of nearly 65 million in a country roughly the same size as France and has 3,219 kilometers of coastline.
Thailand is a moderncountry with a thriving economy. Exports include computers, office machine parts, transistors, rubber, motor vehicles, plastic, seafood and rice. Annual exports total around $75.99 billion. Although Thailand is recognized globally as a tourist destination, tourism accounts for only 3.6% of GDP.
Situated in the northern hemisphere but in the tropics, Thailand is a tropical country with often hot andrainy weather and annual monsoons. Thailand has a range of geographic regions - mountainous, plains and plateaus, as well as a number of beach areas.
Thailand has many wonderful tourist attractions both inland and coastline such as islands, beaches, under the sea, hills, caves, waterfalls, natural forests, sightseeing, and historical places, where attract more than 10 million travellers fromeverywhere all over the world each year. Not only the beautiful tourist attractions that magnet tourists, it’s also the tropical climate, wonderful tasty foods, interesting activities, and friendly Thai people. That makes, Thailand, where tourists can enjoy Unforgettable Amazing Travelling Experiences.  
COUNTRY FILE

Country Name: Thailand (Kingdom of Thailand) means The land of the free.National Flag:
Thailand's national flag, ceremoniously raised each morning in every town and village, is composed of five horizontal bands of red, white, and blue. The harmony of design expresses the complimentary nature of these three pillars of the Thai nation.
This tri-colored flag, called in Thai the "trirong", first introduced by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) in 1917, succeeded an earlier designthat placed a white elephant (emblem of the absolute monarch) on a red background.



Location:
Thailand is situated in the heart of the Southeast Asian mainland, covering an area of 513,115 sq.km. and extends about 1,620 kilometres from north to south and 775 kilometres from east to west. Thailand borders the Lao People's Democratic Republic and the Union of Myanmar to the North, the Kingdomof Cambodia and the Gulf of Thailand to the East, the Union of Myanmar and the Indian Ocean to the West, and Malaysia to the south.
Geography:
Thailand is the 50th largest country in the world; most nearly equal in size to Spain. Located just 15 degrees north of the equator, Thailand has a tropical climate and temperatures typically range from 19 to 38 degrees C (66-100 F).
Thailand’slargest peak, Doi Inthanon, is 2,565 meters (8,415 ft) tall.
Thailand covers 510,890 sq km of land and 2,230 sq km of water.
The coastline of Thailand is 3,219 km long.
Thailand’s longest shared border is with Myanmar (Burma), stretching 1,800 km.
Capital: Bangkok
The full name is “Krung Thep Maha Nakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthrayuttthaya Mana Dilokphop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom UdomRatchaniwet Maha Sathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Wisanukam Prasit”. This means “The city that is very large like the city of angels, Houses the sacred Emerald Buddha, Has prosperity and stable beauty, is abundant with the pleasant nine gems, has numerous royal grand palaces, and is a fairy abode created on the earth by Thao Sakka Thewarat Witsanukam for the incarnated divinities."...
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