Thailand, one of the most favoured tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, is fast blossoming into a tourist haven. With its breathtaking natural scenery, warm hospitality and amazing range of mouth-watering delicacies, it has become a hot spot for travellers from all over the world.
Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand is one of the most travelled destinations in the world and has grown into one of the finest cities in the world. And if this has stirred you to find out more about Thailand, here are some facts about Thailand.
Thailand means the ‘land of the free’ and was known as Siam till 1939. Originally, it was completely under the rule of the Thai monarchy. But, at present, it is a constitutional monarchy that has King Bhumibol Adulyadej as the ruling monarch. He has set a record of being one of the largest serving kings of Thailand. In a first for the country, a woman Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has assumed office in the country.
The predominant season in Thailand is the monsoons and it experiences rains during the months of June and October. However, after November the dry season begins and is the best time for tourists coming to Thailand. Thailand’s economy is largely dependent on tourism and manufacturing. Though, the country had suffered from financial crisis, it has recovered very well and at present, has a flourishing economic scene.
Language And Population Of Thailand
The official language of Thailand is Thai but due to the presence of ethnic minorities, various languages like Teochew, Viet, Lao, Akhan, Karen, Hmong, Yawi or Malay and Mon Khmer are also common in the country. Its population mainly consists of the ethnic Thais.
But, it also has a considerable Chinese population. Apart from these, various ethnic minorities and tribal groups are also found in Thailand. People in this country have a strong religious bent of mind and a majority of them are believers of Buddhism. However, Muslims are also present in the country.
Geographical Facts About Thailand
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Thailand is located at the core of Southeast Asia and is surrounded by the neighbouring countries of Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. The Mekong River, one of the longest rivers in this area separates Thailand from Laos.
Thailand also holds the record of having one of the highest waterfalls in Asia, Tee Law Su Waterfall. And Phuket, one of the most favoured tourist destinations in Thailand is the largest island in the country. Due to the abundance of canals in the country, a number of waterways have been developed in Thailand. And businessmen use these routes for ferrying and selling goods on boats. In fact, boat markets are a common sight in Thailand and you can easily buy goods while taking a boat ride.
The Thai Culture
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Art, architecture and music are some of the essential components of Thai culture. Some of the best examples of Thai art are visible in their temple decorations and religious sculptures. They are also famous for the wood carvings. Mor Lam, one of the most prominent forms of folk music in Thailand has a lot of followers along with Luk Thung, the Thai country music.