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Thailand 2011




Prathet Thai
In southeastern Asia, central plain; Khorat Plateau in the east; mountains elsewhere. 513,120 km2 (slightly > 2x WY), 28% arable.

Capital Bangkok (pop est. 5.8M)

Population 66M (128.6/ km2)

Life expectancy 73 years


Literacy 93%

Lang(s) Thai, English

Religions Buddhist 95%, Muslim 5%, Christian .7%, other 0.1%

Ethnic Groups Thai 75%, Chinese 14%, other 11%

Gov’t Constitutional monarchy

GDP/cap $8,100

PCVs 1962-present; education & business development (Volunteers in country: 90; total to date: 4,915)

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

Adult Books

A Portrait Of Thailand
by David Devoss

Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: New Line Books (September 1, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1597641012

Book Description
An exploration of this country of unique and rich traditions -- from bustling Bangkok with its splendid temples and palaces to hilltop villages and ancient ruins.

Kids' Books

The happiness of Kati
by Jane Vejjajiva; translated by Prudence Borthwick

Format: Paperback, 120 pages
ISBN: 978-1741147537
Age Range: 9–13 years
Publisher: New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2006


Film: Rak haeng Siam
Director: Chukiat Sakveerakul (2007)


Tata Young (Album: Ready for Love): Music from Thailand

Focus Word

Focus Word for 2011 - "Celebration"

Thai: Chalong (CHA-long)
Hmong: Ua kev zoo siab ua ke (oua kay zong sh-ia oua kay)

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