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.
Nakhon Ratchasima 20,493,964 sq km Chiang Mai 20,107,057 sq km Kanchanaburi 19,483,148 sq km
Phuket 543.00 sq km Samui 239.90 sq km Chang 212.09 sq km
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