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Thailand General Info
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Area

513,115 sq km or 198,115 sq miles

Population

80,606,947

Capital

Bangkok.

Geography

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.

Government

Constitutional Monarchy

Head of State: HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) since 1946.

Head of Government: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra since 2001.

Language

Thai is the official language. English is widely spoken in some main tourists areas.

Religion

The majority adhere to Buddhism (Theravada form), 4 per cent are Muslim and there are some Christian minorities.

Time

GMT + 7 hours.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. American- and European-style two-pin plugs are used.
Useful travel links
CIA Thailand the World Fact Book web site
Tourism Thailand Tourism Authority of Thailand official web site