April 27, 2009
Thailand is, an independent country, located in southwest Asia and is considered a tropical country. The capital is Bangkok and is also the largest city within Thailand. It is the 51th largest country in the world with a surface area of 513,000 km2 (198,000 sq mi). “In the Thai language, the full name of the city is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. The lengthy name is usually shortened to "Krung Thep Mahanakorn," or "Krung Thep", which means "City of Angels".” Within Thailand there are 63 million people making Thailand the 20th most-populated country. About 3% of the population is Malay, 14% are Chinese, and 75% are Thai. Being most of the population is Thai the official language is Thai. (Thailand) (Division)
Area of Bangkok Mountainous landscape of Northern Thailand Thailand is mostly Buddhist with 95% of the population practicing Theravada Buddhism. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy with King named Bhumibol Adulyadej as the current leader. He is the longest raining king of the Thai monarch and is the 9th king of the house of Chakri. He is also the longest raining king in the world, raining for more than half a century. The King is recognized as the Head of the Armed Forces, the Head of State, and the upholder of the Buddhist religion. (Thailand) In Thailand the Ministry of Education supervises public and private education. Starting 2002 free education was introduced with the standard 12 year program, similar to what we have in the United States. With six years of primary education starting around the ages of six or seven. Which is followed by three years of middle school and three years of high...