513,115 sq km or 198,115 sq miles
Thailand is bordered to the west by Myanmar(Burma) and the
Indian Ocean, to the south and east by Malaysia and the Gulf of
Thailand, to the east by Cambodia, and to the north and east by
Laos. Central Thailand is dominated by the Chao Phraya River.
Head of State:
HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) since 1946.
of Government: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra since
Thai is the official language. English
is widely spoken in some main tourists areas.
The majority adhere to Buddhism (Theravada form), 4 per
cent are Muslim and there are some Christian minorities.
GMT + 7 hours.
220 volts AC, 50Hz. American- and European-style
two-pin plugs are used.