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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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Weather of Thailand - Bangkok
Weather of Thailand Thailand weather is generally humid in the majority of the country since it is a tropical country. The weather of Thailand is determined by its climatic conditions which are characterized by three seasons in the northern part of Bangkok and whereas southern part is determined by only two. The weather conditions are mostly dry between November and May. The weather of Thailand experiences cool breeze in the northern areas from November to February. May to November is another season for northern part as there is a very heavy rainfall in the north. The southern parts of Thailand have only two seasons unlike the northern one and are wet and dry. The western and eastern sides of peninsula both have different timing...

Shopping in Thailand - Bangkok
Shopping in Thailand Shopping in Thailand is an enriching experience as this country has allured everyone with its reputation of being a bargain hunter's paradise. With the introduction of the currency Baht in 1997 shopping in Thailand got more boost. What mazes the people who come here is the enormous variety of items which you can shop for here . Staring from designer items in the up market Malls to ethnic handicrafts and bric a brac in the various markets. As the department stores keep open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm it is all the more easier for people to indulge in shopping to their heart's content in Thailand. There are also Night Markets where you can dine in the open before going on a shopping spree. Things for which you can do...

Buddhism in Thailand - Sukhothai
Buddhism in Thailand Buddhism in Thailand is of supreme significance as nearly 95% of Thailand's population has embraced Buddhism and the Buddhism in Thailand primarily belongs to the Theravada school. Buddhism in Thailand has also incorporated traditional folk beliefs like ancestor worship and also gets influenced by the Chinese religions from the large Thai Chinese population in Thailand. The various Buddhist temples in Thailand are marked by tall golden stupas and the style of architecture bears strong resemblance with other Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia and Laos and Thailand also shares cultural and historical heritage with both these countries. Buddhism in Thailand has three strong influences and the most significan...

National Parks in Thailand - Kanchanaburi
National Parks in Thailand National parks in Thailand along with wildlife sanctuaries amount to 25,000 square kilometers and they are scattered uniformly throughout the country. Thailand wildlife tours are an experience in itself and provide the nature lovers options to explore the forests and amazing variety of flora and fauna. There are some National Parks in Thailand like the Khao Yai, Doi Inthanon and Khao Sok which are a tourist destination in themselves and here you can spend some days as well as there are facilities for accommodation and food. Here you will find well-equipped guest houses, restaurants and whole range of exciting activities. Then you can go for a day excursion to other National Parks in Thailand and it may be a na...

Thailand: Money & Costs - Bangkok
Thailand: Money & Costs For buying baht, US dollars are the most readily acceptable currency and travellers cheques get a better rate than cash. British pounds are the next-best option. Credit cards are becoming increasingly acceptable in quality shops, hotels and restaurants. Visa is the most useful, followed by MasterCard. Currency of Thailand is Baht. Baht notes come in denominations of 20 (green), 50 (blue), 100 (red), 500 (purple) and 1000 (beige). There are 100 satang in one baht; coins include 25-satang and 50-satang pieces and baht in denominations of 1, 5 and 10. Changing Your Money - Banks or legal money-changers offer the best rates. ATMs that accept Visa and other credit cards are widespread throughout Thailand, and many...