THAILAND, officially the Kingdom of Thailand
Tourism has been just one factor in the country’s development, it made up about 6-7% of the economy
Asian tourists primarily visit Thailand for Bangkok and the historical, natural, and cultural sights in its vicinity. Western tourists not only visit Bangkok and surroundings, but in addition many travel to the southern beaches and islands. The north is the chief destination for trekking and adventure travel with its diverse ethnic minority groups and forested mountains
Thailand's attractions include diving sites, sandy beaches, hundreds of tropical islands, nightlife, archaeological sites, museums, hill tribes, flora and bird life, palaces, Buddhist temples and several World Heritage sites
Bangkok shopping malls offer a variety of international and local brands. Towards the north of the city, and easily reached by skytrain or underground,
Prostitution in Thailand and sex tourism also form a de facto part of the economy, The poverty and the lure of money have caused prostitution and sex tourism.
Geography: aproximately 513,000 km2, and 2,230 km2 of Water
Population: 68 million people
Religion: accounting for 94.6% of the country's population are Buddhist . Muslims is the second largest religious group in Thailand, comprising 4.6% of the population, and others
Capital: Bangkok is the offical Capital of Thailand, and also the largest city, it covers about 1,600 km2 and has about 10 - 12 million people
Ethnic groups: About 75 - 85% of the population is ethnically Thai, The remaining 4.1% of the population are Burmese, 14% are ethnic Chinese,and the others
Climate: Thailand is divided into three seasons, Thailand's climate is influenced by monsoon winds that have a seasonal character (the southwest and northeast monsoon)
Langugage: The main language is Thai, numerous smaller languages spoken are regional Chinese
Culture: Thai culture has been shaped by many influences, including Indian, Lao, Burmese, Cambodian, and Chinese.
Economy: The Thai economy is the world's 20th largest. Manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism are leading sectors
History: There is evidence of human habitation in Thailand that has been dated at 40,000 years before the present,
Government: The politics of Thailand is currently conducted within the framework of a constitutional monarchy, whereby the Prime Minister is the head of government and a hereditary monarch is head of state.