Thailand

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Date(s) visited: June 2015

Location: South East Asia

Bordering Countries: Myanmar/Burma, Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos

Capital City: Bangkok

Other Main Cities: Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Chiang Rai, Kanchanaburi, Krabi, Lampang, Ao Nang, Pai, Phanom Rung, Railay, Ayuthaya, Islands (Koh Chang, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Tao, Koh Samet)

Language(s): Thai, Karen, Khmer, other minority languages

Population: 67 million+

Religion: Theravada Buddhism (94.6%), Islam (4.6%), Christianity (0.7%), minorities of Sikhism and Hinduism

Currency: Baht (THB)

National Airlines: Thai Airways

Known for: Islands, Full Moon Party, marshall arts, beaches, temples, cuisine, Buddhism, snorkelling, Muay Thai, tuk-tuk’s, floating markets, national parks

Celebrations and Festivals: Thai New Year Water Festival, Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival, Vegetarian Festival, Umbrella Festival (Chiang Mai), Flower Festival (Chiang Mai), International Blues Rock Festival (Phuket), Rocket Festival (Isaan), Por Tor Hungry Ghost Festival (Phuket), Lantern Festival (Chiang Mai)

Fun Facts…

  • The official name for Thailand is The Kingdom of Thailand
  • 100 years ago there were more than 100,000 elephants which lived in Thailand, now there are only 5000
  • Thailand is the worlds largest exporter of rice
  • The worlds smallest animal, the bumble bat originates from Thailand
  • Thailand is home to the world’s largest golden Buddha
  • Siamese Cats are native to Thailand
  • Thailand is the world’s 57th largest country
  • Bangkok used to be called “The Venice of the East”
  • Thailand is the only country that has not been colonised by a European nation
  • For many years the country’s name switched between Thailand and Siam, meaning dark or brown in Sanskrit