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Kingdom of Thailand is an independent country that lies in the heart of Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Laos and Myanmar, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and Myanmar. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast and Indonesia and India in the Andaman Sea to the southwest. The capital and largest city of Thailand is Bangkok. It is also the country's center of political, commercial, industrial and cultural activities. Thailand is the world's 50th largest country in terms of total area , with a surface area of approximately 513,000 km2 , and the 21st most-populous country, with approximately 63 million people. About 75% of the population is ethnically Thai, 14% is of Chinese origin, and 3% is ethnically Malay; the rest belong to minority groups including Mons, Khmers and various hill tribes. The country's official language is Thai. About 95% of the population are Buddhist. Thailand is one of the most devoutly Buddhist countries in the world, while having the third highest firearms related homicide rate in the world , and significant underground sex and gambling industries. The national religion is Theravada Buddhism which is practiced by more than 95% of all Thais. Culture and traditions in Thailand are significantly influenced by India, as are Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy with King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the ninth king of the House of Chakri, as the ruling monarch. The King has reigned for more than half a century, making him the longest reigning Thai monarch and the longest reigning current monarch in the world. The King is recognized as the Head of State, the Head of the Armed Forces, the Upholder of the Buddhist religion, and Defender of the Faith. Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that has never been colonized by a European power. During the Second World War, the country was allied with the Imperial Japanese Army. Thailand experienced rapid economic growth between 1985 and 1995 and today is a newly-industrialized country with an emphasis in exports and a flourishing tourism industry, thanks to various world-famous tourist destinations such as Pattaya, Bangkok, and Phuket.

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Embrace Your Inner Mahout in Chiang Mai - Chiang Mai
Embrace Your Inner Mahout in Chiang Mai For those contemplating a career change, Exotissimo now has a fantastic option. Guests can spend time learning how to be a professional mahout or elephant handler. Participants will learn about daily care for elephants and the secrets of Thailand's “elephant whisperers.” The mahout training course includes information on elephant health and biology, as well as painting, bathing, riding and handling elephants directly. Through Exotissimo, prospective elephant handlers will receive a traditional mahout outfit, the course is conducted by professional mahout training staff.

Heritage Hotel to Open in Sukhothai - Sukhothai
Heritage Hotel to Open in Sukhothai The Heritage Hotel will open in Sukhothai in November this year and will be in full operation by early 2008. With a total 72 rooms, The Heritage will be Sukhothai's first superior 4-star hotel and should be attractive to series and incentive groups, as well as FIT clients looking for a more comfortable hotel under international management. Sukhothai is one of Thailand's most underrated destinations and is often missed by travelers that fly directly to Chiang Mai. As the cradle of Thailand's civilization and boasting a UNESCO World Heritage ranked historical park, Sukhothai should be on every visitor's tour itinerary. We would like to remind agents that Bangkok Airways flies to Sukhothai twice-a-day offering an inte...

The Elephant Nature Park - Mae Taeng
The Elephant Nature Park Established in 1995 in Chiang Mai, the aim of the Elephant Nature Park is to provide a sanctuary and rescue centre for over 30 Asian pachyderms. In the scenic Mae Taeng Valley, the Park is one of the rare places in Thailand where elephants no longer work for humans. The park allows visitors to see elephants as they should be seen, roaming free in a picturesque and natural environment. Throughout the day, visitors learn about the problems elephants face in Southeast Asia, as well as the changes advocated by the Park regarding their care, treatment, and training. By helping the park's volunteers feed and bathe the elephants, guests will experience a true eco-tourisim adventure, unique for any visitor to Southeast Asi...

Thailand Home of Sun and Smiles - Phuket
Thailand Home of Sun and Smiles The Kingdom of Thailand is one of–if not the most—popular and beautiful destinations for travelers in all of Asia. So much so, that oftentimes, visitors go for a vacation, but end up staying a lifetime. From its numerous sun-filled beaches, to the hectic sophistication of Bangkok, and the serene spirituality of the Buddhist temples, Thailand is sure to impress, inspire, and awe with its friendly people, fantastic food, and beautiful scenery. When traveling to Thailand, all roads (and flights) lead to Bangkok, the kingdom's sprawling, high-rising capital city. Official population reports put the population at around seven million inhabitants, but many say that the population is really much higher, and even rises...

Chumporn: The new Thai beach destination - Chumporn
Chumporn: The new Thai beach destination Located an hours drive north of Surat Thani Airport or 5 hours south of Bangkok, Chumporn is a remote but still accessible beach destination that promises all the attractions that first brought intrepid travelers to Thailand. Pristine beaches, friendly people, good food, warm water and miles of empty sand. With the recent opening of Tusita Resort and the upgrading of Chumporn Cabanna, Chumporn now also has attractive and comfortable accommodation.