Thailand is one of the most desirable countries for travelers around the world. It is located in Southeast Asia. The former name of this beautiful county was Siam. Presently its official name is the Kingdom of Thailand. This country has 76 provinces and covers an area of 513,120 square kilometers.
The population of this country is over 66 million people. It shares its border to the north with Myanmar and Laos and to the east with Laos and Cambodia. The Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia are surrounding this country to the south. To the west, it has borders by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Myanmar.
Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand. It is also the largest city in the country and a special administrative area. The Thai Baht is the official currency of Thailand.
European powers never could make Thailand their colony. The present city-states of Thailand and kingdoms arose in this region long before the Thai people migrated from southern China.
The Thai language is the common language of Thailand which is also called the Siamese. It is belonging to the Tai language family of Southeast Asia. Besides that, it is home to 71 other living languages.
Buddhism is the largest religion in this country. 95% of the population have practiced this religion and is the second-largest Buddhist population on earth. Thailand has no official state religion by its constitution. So it guarantees religious freedom for all Thai citizens. But the king is required by law to be a Theravada Buddhist.
Thailand is an enchanting island country packed with rich cultural history. Thailand has an ancient cultural history combination with rich heritage and spirituality. It is extremely influenced by the ethnic groups from India, Cambodia, China, and Southeast Asia. Theravada Buddhism is the national religion and that is very important for their national identity. Hindu spirituality such as worshiping ancestors and animism also including with that.
Thailand is famous for its scrumptious cuisine. People like Thai food for its distinct and strong taste. As a result, Thai food has become one of the most popular cuisines in the world.
Like most other Asian cuisines, the staple food in Thailand is rice (especially Jasmine rice) which forms part of almost every meal. Thai food blends five fundamental tastes, those are sweet, spicy, sour, bitter, and salty. Each region of Thailand has its special foods.
The herbs and spices are mostly used in Thai cooking which has medicinal qualities. Those are like garlic, lemongrass, Kaffir lime, galangal, turmeric, coriander, and coconut milk. Thai food is healthy because they use a lot of green vegetables and herbs in it.
According to the World Bank Thailand is the 8th largest economy of Asia. Thailand’s economy is dependent on its exports. Thailand is a mixed economic country. The Thai government provides most of the infrastructure. However, the private sector makes up the rest of the economic system.
The manufacturing sector constitutes Thailand’s main industry. They produce a wide variety of goods such as textiles and garments, plastics, footwear, electronics, integrated circuits, computers and components, automobiles and parts, and cement.
Otherwise, the tourism industry is also one of Thailand’s main economic sectors. tropical sea beaches, luxurious royal palaces, ancient relics, and ornate temples of Buddha attract a number of travelers around the world to this spectacular country.
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