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General facts

Population: 66.7 million
Capital: Bangkok
Official language: Thai
Currency: Baht
Religion: Thai Buddhism
Motto: Chat, Satsana, Phra Mahakasat (Country, Religion, Monarch)
National Anthem: Phleng Chat Thai

Interesting facts

  • Thailand shares a border with four countries: Myanmar (formerly Burma) to the north and west, Laos to the north and east, Cambodia to the southeast, and Malaysia to the south.
  • Seventy five percent of the people in Thailand are Thai, 14% are Chinese, and 11% are “other”.
  • It is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized by a European nation.
  • Bangkok is one of Asia’s top tourist destinations. In 2013, more than 26 million foreign tourists visited Thailand.
  • Thailand is the world’s largest producer of tin.

More obscurely, did you know...

  • Thailand is home to the largest crocodile farm!
  • Thailand is the 13th friendliest country in the world!
  • Elephant polo is a popular pastime!