Thailand

Mandy Myers 2nd

Introduction

Thailand is a gorgeous country full of beautiful architecture and charm. Thailand means, "Land of the free," that's how we live. Freely! This country has a great living environment for its citizens. Many Chinese citizens have moved here and they have a real passion for it. The people are farmers of rubber and teakwood. Thailand is the main exporter of tin and gemstones. Thailand has of population of 62.4 million people. Most practice Buddhism religion. About 80 percent of Thailand's people live in rural areas. Here, ancient temples stand next to skyscrapers. So come to Thailand, it is a beautiful place to start your journey.

Slogan - "The Miracle of Thailand"

Geography

Thailand looks like a flower on a stem. The country's main waterway is the Chao Phraya River. Two other major rivers that run through the area are the Chi and the Mun Rivers. Thailand has wet summers and dry winter monsoons Mountains occupy the Northern part of Thailand and extend along the western border. The Khorat plateau lies in Northern Thailand and takes us about 1/3 of their land. The central plains extend from the North, all the way to the Gulf of Thailand. The southern peninsula shares its border with Myanmar. Narrow plains run along the coast.

Climate

Tropical, rainy, warm, Cloudy Southwest monsoon-(Middle of May to September). Dry, cool, Northeast monsoon-(November to the middle of March). The souther ithsmus is always hot and humid. It always stays above 85 degrees Fahrenheit, (30 degrees Celsius).

Culture

Thailand is a country of very diverse cultures. First of all, the arts. Thai loves to dance, play music, and art. There is no such thing as drama in Thailand, but Thai dance fills its place. Most art is based on Buddhist religon.


Next, the main sport in Thailand is Thai boxing. (Basicly just kick boxing). Most people in Thailand are Buddhist.

gOVERNMENT

The kingdom of Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy under a parliamentary democracy since 1932. Thailand does not have a judical system like most governments. Instead they have a judge who specializes on the dispute on hand.


The citizens do have the right to vote. Both men and wemon can vote... Of course at the age of eight-teen. Although wemon do have the right to vote and to be in the government, they are not respected enough. Wemon and men do not have equal rights. For instance, wemon can not file a divorce to their jusbands, nut the husbaqnds can to the wife. In a divorce situation, custody of kids goes to the dad. Wemon are allowed to leggaly make bank loans, but they have to get their husbands approval. Therefore, equality is not in Thailand. Education in Thailand: Children do have acsess to free schools, at the age of six to twelve. About ninty percent of children go to school. In 1995, only six million were attending school. That following year only three point eight million were attending school.




economy

Thailand's economy is a newly industrialized economy. It depends on its large amount of exports, with exports making two-thirds of their income. It is growing quickly. Thailand is the second largest economy in Southeast Asia. The united states is Thailand's largest export market. Next comes Japan and Europe.

Some things we export:


  • Textiles
  • Footwear
  • Fishing products
  • Rice
  • Rubber
  • Jewelry
  • Cars
  • Computers
  • Electrical Devices
  • Antiques
  • Bedding
  • Bags
  • Food
  • Leather products
  • Household products
  • Kitchenware
  • And much, much, more: http://www.thailandexportguide.com/

We have many industries. First, the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry. In 2008, this only took up 8.4 percent to GDP. Some crops grown are coconuts, corn, rubber, soy beans, sugarcane, rice, and tapioca. The next industry is manufacturing. In 2007, this industry made up about 44 percent of the GDP. Thailand is becoming the center of car manufacturing in the Southeast Asia Nations market. Thailand;s electronic industry faces competition against Malaysia and Singapore, while its textile faces China and Vietnam. Now the tourism economy. Tourism is the largest in Thailand compared to other Southeastern countries. Most tourist come to Thailand for relaxation. (Beaches) Although Bangkok has seen an tourism increase over the past years. In 2007, about 14 million people visited Thailand!


Thailand imports:

  • Food
  • Computers
  • Oil