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Thailand 2010




Thailand / Prathet Thai
In southeastern Asia, central plain; Khorat Plateau in the east; mountains elsewhere. 514,000 km2 (slightly > 2x WY), 28% arable.

Capital Bangkok (Pop: 5,882,000)

Population 65M (127.4/ km2)

Life expectancy 73 years


Literacy 93%

Lang(s) Thai, English

Religions Thai 75%, Chinese 14%, other 11%

Ethnic Groups Melanesian, Papuan, Negrito, Micronesian, Polynesian

Gov’t Constitutional monarchy

GDP/cap $8,700

PCVs 1962-present; Education & business development (Volunteers in country: 103; total to date (TTD): 4,804)

Nat’l holiday Birthday of King PHUMIPHON, 5 December (1927)

Adult Books

Thailand Confidential
by Jerry Hopkins

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Periplus Editions (HK) ltd.; 2 edition (September 15, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0794600938

Book Description
Essays exploring the mystery and mayhem of "The Land of Smiles" to hilarious-and sometimes disturbing-effect.
The book explores aspects of day to day life in the kingdom.

Kids' Books

Hush! A Thai Lullaby
by Ho, Mingfong

Format: Paperback, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-0786838608
Age Range: 2–5 years
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Reprint edition, 2000

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1993)
A worried Thai mother tries to quiet all the animals and insects that might wake her napping baby in rythmic verse graced with gentle humor. Observant readers and listeners will find delight in the supposedly sleeping baby's active endeavors while his mother appeals to each animal in turn to "Hush!", and all will enjoy the soothing pattern of the text. Cut-paper collage illustrations in warm earth tones fill each double-page spread with varied visual perspectives. Ages 2-5.
© Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Reprinted with permission.



Film: The Overture
Director: Ittisoontorn Vichailak


Various Artists (Music Rough Guide): Rough Guide to the Music of Thailand

Focus Word

Focus Word for 2010 - "Justice"

Thai: yuthictham (yoot-tee-tum)

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