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Thailand officially the Kingdom of Thailand features a modern capital city, Bangkok, and friendly people who epitomize Thailand’s “land of smiles” reputation. Located in the centre of Southeast Asia, The geography of Thailand features many natural borders with neighbouring countries: a mountainous border with Myanmar (Burma) to the north and west; a long stretch of the Mekong River separating Thailand from Laos to the north and east; and the Mekong River and the Dongrak Mountains delineating the border of Cambodia to the east.
Thai means "people" or "human being", The Thai refer to Thailand as "land of the freedom”. This is because Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia never colonised by a European power.
Thailand is a Constitutional Monarchy presided over by the King of Thailand, who is the official head of state. The Thailand government is based on a constitutional monarchy quite similar to that of the United Kingdom, in which a Prime Minister serves as head of a parliamentary government and a hereditary Thai king functions as head of state.
Thailand is an emerging economy, the 2nd largest economy in Southeast Asia after Indonesia, with the seventh lowest unemployment rate in the world, and only 10% of the population living below the poverty line. The country’s exports consist primarily of agricultural products, including fish and rice, the latter of which Thailand is the largest exporter of in the world, as well as textiles, rubber, automobiles, jewellery, and computers/electronic appliances.
While the official Thai language is widely spoken throughout Thailand, many Thais also speak and understand English.
Thailand is largely tropical, so it's hot and humid all year around with temperatures in the 28-35°C range (82-95°F).
In addition to the Gregorian calendar, Thailand also uses the Thai solar calendar, which is 543 years ahead. Thai dates in English are often written as B.E., short for "Buddhist Era".
Thailand is home to the world’s ninth tallest statue, The Great Buddha of Thailand. Buddhism is the country's main religion, practiced by 95 % of the population.
10 most popular study destinations for students in Thailand
1. United Kingdom
2. United States