Thailand is a constitutional monarchy. The head of state is Rama X. His majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindrahebayavarangkun.
Economy Thailand is a fast-moving economy and a member of ASEAN. By 2030 Southeast Asia’s economy is predicted to eclipse Japan’s and be the World’s 4th largest single market after the EU, US and China.
Geography Asia is the world’s largest continent, and Thailand is just one small part of that, but it is by far one of the most open and charismatic countries on that continent. Thailand is the fiftieth largest country in the world, nearly the same size as Spain in land mass. It has a coast line that stretches 3,219km.
Population Thailand has a population of around 65 million people. Most of these are Thais, the others consist of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, Cambodian, Burmese and Lao.
Bangkok has a greater diversity, than other areas of Thailand including thousands of subjects from both the UK as well as Ireland, as well as from all over the world.
All religions are represented in Bangkok, with a large Anglican as well as Catholic following. The religious structure of Thailand is as follows
There are approximately 292,000 Catholics in Thailand
amounting to 0.46% of the population.
Language The official language of Thailand is Thai, although the population speaks various dialects depending upon the vernacular. The English language is widely understood in Thailand especially in Bangkok.
Temperature and Rainfall
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The temperature in Thailand never hardly drops below 26 degrees centigrade. In the UK and Ireland, you are just hoping that in the summer it will reach that temperature.
Money and Banking The official currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht. This consists of coins and notes. The Thai banking hours are generally Monday to Friday 9:30am to 3:30pm. Saturday opening until 12:00 noon. Most banks have outlets in the numerous shopping centres and these tend to open between 11:00am to 7:00pm. There are also currency exchanges in many of the BTS and RMT stations, which have different opening hours.
Weights and Measures Thailand uses the international metric system for all of its weights and measures, although clothes sizes in Thailand may vary somewhat to those in the UK and Ireland.
Electricity The electricity supply in Thailand is 220 volts, which is compatible with appliances from the UK and Ireland and most of Europe. Plug sockets are different, ranging from two pranged plugs to three pranged plugs. So, adapters are necessary in most cases.
PLACE TO VISIT
To study in Thailand, for many students, it is a dream come true, especially if you are the adventurous type. Thailand is teeming with places to explore and exciting islands to discover. Travelling in Thailand is both cheap and affordable. The topography ranges from the mountainous forested landscape of Mae Hong Son Province in the north, to the flat plains of the ancient Kingdom of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya.
Then around the magnificent coastline, you have the tropical islands of Khao Samet, Khao Chang, and Khao Phing Kan known as James Bond Island. For those who love their history, there is the town of Kanchanaburi, where the British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War, helped to build the infamous ‘Burma Railway.’
North of Bangkok there is the Lopburi, famous for its monkey temples. As a visitor you will be outnumbered by these monkeys, they are everywhere from rooftops to sitting on cars.