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Facts about Thailand

GEOGRAPHY- Thailand has a land area of 513,115 sq km bordered by Malaysia (South) Myanmar (West & North) Laos (North & East) and Cambodia (Southeast).

CLIMATE- Tropical, high temperature and humidity. Temperature varies from 38 degrees Celsius to 19 degrees Celsius, humidity from 82.8% to 66%.

POPULATION- About 59.6 million. Of the total, 81.3% live in rural areas, 10.8% in Bangkok and 7.9% in other towns and cities. 75% Thai, 14% Chinese, 11% other.

LANGUAGE- Thai is the national language. English is widely understood in cities.

RELIGION- Buddhist 95.5%, 4.5% Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians.

GOVERNMENT- A democratic constitutional monarchy headed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej with 76 provinces, each sub-divided into Amphoe, Tambon and Muban. Current Prime Minister Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh.

NATIONAL FLAG- The red, white and blue bands symbolize the nation, Buddhism and the monarchy respectively.

NATIONAL DAY- December 5, the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

CURRENCY- Baht and Satang.

EDUCATION- Compulsory from Prathom 1-6 and is free in local municipal schools.

LARGEST PROVINCES-

Nakhon Ratchasima 20,493,964 sq km Chiang Mai 20,107,057 sq km Kanchanaburi 19,483,148 sq km

LARGEST ISLANDS-

Phuket 543.00 sq km Samui 239.90 sq km Chang 212.09 sq km

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