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The Kingdom of Thailand

Thailand, situated in mainland Southeast Asia, is a regional hub of business and transportation and he gateway to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with its combined market of around 600 million people.

  • Geography: 
    Land: 513,115 sq. km.
    Population: 67.2 million
    Capital: Bangkok (Thailand’s largest city,
    with over 11 million inhabitants)
    Climate: Tropical monsoon
    Average Temperature: 27˚C
  • Religion: Buddhism (89%), Islam (10%),
    Christianity (0.7%),others (0.3%)
  • National Language: Thai
  • National Flag 
    The national flag comprises five horizontalbands
    of red, white and blue.
    The central blue band represents the monarchy.
    It is hemmed by two white and two red bands
    representing religion and the nation,
    respectively
  • Form of Government 
    Parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarchy.
    Head of State: His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Prime Minister: Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra 
    Minister of Foreign Affairs: Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul
  • Economy (2012 projection (USD))
    GDP: 380.2 billion
    GDP (Per capita): 5,598.3
    Exports: 270.0 billion
    Imports: 256.6 billion
  • Rankings 
    Tourism
    • Bangkok is 1st in the top 10 “World’s Best Cities” rankings for the second consecutive year
    Source: Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Award 2011 
    • Bangkok is the 3rd most visited city in the world
    Source: MasterCard Worldwide Index of Global Destination Cities 2011 
    • Bangkok ranked 20th in the Top 25 Global Cities of 2011
    Source: 2011 Citi Index 
    • Koh Phi Phi Don ranked 4th in the 25 Top Destinationsin Asia; Bangkok ranked 9th ; Koh Tao ranked 11th ;Chiang Mai ranked
    13th ; Pattaya ranked 25th
    Source: Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Award 2011 
    • Chiang Mai named 10th best city in the world for tourists
    Source: Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities for 2011 
    • Bangkok ranked 2nd in Top Cities in Asia with ChiangMai coming in 4th and Phuket ranked 3rd in Best Islandsin Asia with Koh Samui coming in 10th
    Source: Condé Nast Traveler 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards 
    • Thailand ranked 2nd Best Spots for Medical Adventure
    Source: Lonely Planet 2010 
    • Thailand ranked 1st in Best Quality of Life for Expatriates for the second consecutive year
    Source: 2011 HSBC Expat Experience Award 
    • Thailand awarded the title of “Best Tourist Country2010” for the ninth consecutive year
    Source: Travel News Magazine (Sweden) Business 
    • 2nd in Southeast Asia and 17th in the world for “Ease of Doing Business”
    Source: World Bank, Doing Business 2012: Doing Business in a More Transparent World