GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It is known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Nearby beach resorts include bustling Pattaya and fashionable Hua Hin.

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COUNTRY FACTS

POPULATION

65,002,000

CAPITAL

Bangkok (6,604,000)

GDP PER CAPITA

U.S. $7,000

LANGUAGE

Thai, English

RELIGION

Buddhist, Muslim

LIFE EXPECTANCY

71

AREA

513,115 square kilometers (198,115 square miles)

LITERACY PERCENT

96

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LOCATIONS EXPERIENCED

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BANGKOK

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to the opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.

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JOMTIEN AND PATTAYA

Pattaya is a city on Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast, known for its beaches and nightlife. A quiet fishing village as recently as the 1960s, it is now lined with resort hotels, high-rise condos, shopping malls, cabaret bars and 24-hour clubs. Nearby, hillside Wat Phra Yai Temple features an 18m-tall golden Buddha. The area also features several designer golf courses.

Jomtien is immediately south of Pattaya and, practically speaking, they form one municipality. Jomtien is popular with tourists, but has a significant population of permanent expats, making for a more sedate bar and night life scene.

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KOH SAMUI

Koh Samui, Thailand’s second largest island, lies in the Gulf of Thailand. It is known for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest, plus luxury resorts and posh spas. The landmark 12m-tall golden Big Buddha statue at Wat Phra Yai Temple is located on a tiny island connected to Koh Samui by a causeway.

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KRABI

Krabi is the capital of southern Thailand's Krabi Province. It lies in an area of limestone karsts and mangrove forest. On a hilltop reached by stairs, the Tiger Cave Temple is a Buddhist site with panoramic views. Khao Kanab Nam, two slanting hills rising out of water, form a local landmark. Andaman Sea destinations like the Phi Phi Islands are accessible by ferry.

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SAKAEW

Sa Kaeo is a province in the east of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are Chanthaburi, Chachoengsao, Prachinburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Buriram. To the east it borders Banteay Meanchey and Battambang of Cambodia.

BANGKOK

Thailand -Bangkok-Transportation-Bangkok Khlongs -15426 COVER

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to the opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.

JOMTIEN AND PATTAYA

Thailand -Jomtien and Pattaya-Tourism-Jomtien Beach-18231 COVER

Pattaya is a city on Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast, known for its beaches and nightlife. A quiet fishing village as recently as the 1960s, it is now lined with resort hotels, high-rise condos, shopping malls, cabaret bars and 24-hour clubs. Nearby, hillside Wat Phra Yai Temple features an 18m-tall golden Buddha. The area also features several designer golf courses.

Jomtien is immediately south of Pattaya and, practically speaking, they form one municipality. Jomtien is popular with tourists, but has a significant population of permanent expats, making for a more sedate bar and night life scene.

KOH SAMUI

Thailand -Koh Samui-Chaweng-Canoa trips-15635 COVER

Koh Samui, Thailand’s second largest island, lies in the Gulf of Thailand. It is known for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest, plus luxury resorts and posh spas. The landmark 12m-tall golden Big Buddha statue at Wat Phra Yai Temple is located on a tiny island connected to Koh Samui by a causeway.

KRABI

Thailand -Krabi-Four Islands tour-Beaches and snorkeling-15221 COVER

Krabi is the capital of southern Thailand's Krabi Province. It lies in an area of limestone karsts and mangrove forest. On a hilltop reached by stairs, the Tiger Cave Temple is a Buddhist site with panoramic views. Khao Kanab Nam, two slanting hills rising out of water, form a local landmark. Andaman Sea destinations like the Phi Phi Islands are accessible by ferry.

SAKAEW

Thailand -Sakaew-Other pictures Sakaew-15410 COVER

Sa Kaeo is a province in the east of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are Chanthaburi, Chachoengsao, Prachinburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Buriram. To the east it borders Banteay Meanchey and Battambang of Cambodia.

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