By: Amanda L 6th Period
Bangkok's growing economy causes there to be many cars and roads like in the picture
In Thailand, Budda is skinny because he fasted to focus on meditating like he is in the picture
These are some of the precious gems that Thailand mines produce.
Thailand, it's land you'll love!
This is at a resort in Thailand, at Phulay Bay. This represents the beautiful water and sky Thailand has.
This is the Chao Phraya River and the community around it.
This is one othe villages located on the Malay Paninsula.
People & Culture
Today, there are about 65,000,000 million citizens living in Thailand. Many immigrants have come from all over Asia, but most of us are from the ethnithicy of Thai. About 15% of our popoulation can be traced back to Chinese travelers and settlers. The Chinese immigrants that came in the early 1900s also adapted to Buddhism and the language of Thai. Though, most of the popoulation are the original Thai ethnithicy. Thai people follow the religion of Muslim and speak the language of Malay. Most of our Thai ancestors are from Laos. There is also a small minority known, that live with a agarian way of life.
If you were to come here and visit, there is some proper etiquite that you need to know, so you dont stand out or feel uncomfertable. Lets start with when you say hi to someone, you wei or do a prayer like gesture. When you congradulate kids, you should not pat any of the kids on the head, it is thought to hurt the well being of them. When you enter a house or temple, it is proper to remove your shoes before you enter. You will be concidered inproper, if you show too much emotion or loose your temper in public.
Most Thai people, are also buddhist which causes 85% of the population to be concidered buddhist. You can reconize a buddhist because most people in Thailand preserve houses and trees, to give them offering. The rest of our population is taken up by the 10% of muslims and other minorities. Even though, there have been christian misionaries in Thailand for many years, only 1% of the population are concidered christians.
This is how you should greet people in Thailand, with a wei.
You should take your shoes off before you enter a temple, like you see in the picture.
This is what part of the Thai language looks like in writting form.
In the past 50 years, the population has grown by 40 million people. From 25 million, to 65 million people.
In this picture, us Buddhist are celebrating Makha Bucha Day in Thailand.
This is one of the few christian churches in Thailand.
Government & Citizenship
GovernmentThere are many parts to the Thailand government, and many people are contributes There are many people including, a king, a prime minister, a group of representatives, a national assembly, and a senate. We are ruled by the constitution that was created in 2007, but there is also a Prime Minister who is the head of the government. The king's job is to be the head of state. The prime minister is elected by the house of representatives, and can't serve for more than 8 years.The National Assembly consists of the Senate, whose 150 members serve six-year terms, and the House of Representatives, whose 500 members serve four-year terms.
We in Thailand, don't have many rights and they are trying to fix that. For now though, we have some basic rights, such as voting. To vote, you must be 18 and of the Thai nationality. If at one point you were not Thai, but have become Thai you must be Thai for 5 years before you can vote. Plus, you must have been a citizen for at least 90 days, until the election day. Education for kids in our country is very limited. Most kids, especially in North Thailand can't afford to go to school, but there is help. An organization called Foundation for the Education is a non-profit organization that gives scholarships to kids who can't afford school.
This is where the King of Thailand lives.
This is Thailand's 2012 Prime Minister, who happens to be a lady, even though America hasn't had a women president.
This is what it looks like when you vote in Thailand. It is very similar to America.
EconomyOur economy here is BOOMING and trade is very important. In Thailand the currency is called Baht and it comes in coins and bank notes. In America the normal business hours are 9-5, Monday-Friday. In Thailand, the average work hours are 8:30-6:30, Monday-Friday. The central bank in Thailand is the Bank of Thailand, what a surprise!
Here, our economy is based off of exporting goods with the principle of free trade. An effect of this is economy is 80% based off of how fast the manufacturing plants can produce. This does create many jobs for the people who normally don't have jobs. These are some of the products that have caused such a great economy, computers and electronics, furniture, garment, footwear, toys, gems, and jewelry. It isn't all export though, we also import goods. In 2011 we imported $200 million dollars worth of goods!
This is what the baht looks like in Thailand.
This is one example of how hard working we are in manufacturing plants.
This is an example of what it looks like when Thailand exports goods.