Asia
Thailand

Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist kingdom almost equidistant between India and China. For centuries known by outsiders as Siam, Thailand has been something of Southeast Asian migratory, cultural and religious crossroads. Thailand is divided into six major regions: The mountainous north where elephants work forests and winter temperatures are sufficiently cool to permit cultivation of temperate fruits such as strawberries and peaches. Another important region is the northeast plateau, which is largely bordered by the Mekong River, where the world’s oldest Bronze Age civilisation flourished some 5,000 years ago. The central plain, one of the world’s most fertile rice and fruit-growing areas; the eastern coastal plain, where fine sandy beaches support the growth of summer resorts; western mountains and valleys, suitable for the development of hydro-electric power: and the peninsular south where arresting scenic beauty complements economically vital tin mining, robber cultivation and fishing.

Thailand
GMT +7
Bangkok
Baht
514,000 sq Km.
+66
Thai (Siamese) and English