Top tip: Weekend market on week days
Thailand is bounded by Burma, to the west, the Indian Ocean, to the east and Malaysia and the Gulf of Thailand to the south. Kampuchea and Laos dominate the northern borders.
Although Thailand is relatively prosperous, by Asian standards, it is a predominantly an agricultural economy with the main crops including rice, sugar, maize, rubber, cotton and tobacco.
The climate is generally hot, particularly between mid-February and June. The monsoon season runs from May to October.
Facts and Figures
|Area||513,115 sq km (198,115 sq miles).|
|Population||63,878,267 (2010 estimate).|
|Capital||Bangkok- population 9,100,000 (2010 estimate)|
|Language||Thai is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially is establishments catering for tourists.|
|Religion||The vast majority adhere to Buddhism (Theravada form), 4 per cent and Muslim and there are Christian minorities.|
|Time||GMT + 7|
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