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Thailand 2016



Prathet Thai

Southeast Asia

Area 513K km²

Arable 31%

Population 67.7M (136/km²)

Gov’t Constitutional Monarchy

Capital Bangkok (8.4M)

GCP/capita $9,900

In poverty 13%

Wealth owned by top 10 percent 31%

Life expectancy 74 yrs

Infant Mortality 10/1K live births


Literacy 94%

Languages Thai, Isan, Yawi, Burmese, English, other

Religions Buddhist, 
Muslim, Christian, other

Labor Force Agriculture 38%, industry 14%, services 48%

PCVs 1962–present CURRENT: 91 TTD: 5,200; education, youth development

Adult Books

Travelers' Tales Thailand: True StoriesTravelers' Tales Thailand: True Stories
ed James O'Reilly and Larry Habegger, 2002

Publisher: Travelers' Tales
Series: Travelers' Tales Guides
Format: Paperback: 488 pages
ISBN-10: 1885211759 / ISBN-13: 978-1885211750

About this book: Winner of the Lowell Thomas Award for Best Travel Book, this newly designed collection paints a unique portrait of a complex and captivating land. One contributor lives as a monk for a month, gaining an inside look at monastic life. Another discovers Bangkok’s riverine pleasures, a world away from its car-choked streets. Yet another finds refuge as the houseguest of an isolated tribesman. Through these engaging personal stories, readers witness how Thailand satisfies just about any traveler’s hunger for the exotic, the beautiful, the thrillingly different. Writers include Pico Iyer, Norman Lewis, Diane Summers, Simon Winchester, Ian Buruma, Thalia Zepatos, and Tim Ward.

Kids' Books

Even a Little Is Something: Stories of NongEven a Little Is Something: Stories of Nong
Tom Glass, illus Elena Gerard, 1997, AGES 9–12

Publisher: Linnet Books, North Haven, Conn.
Format 119 p.
ISBN 0-208-02457-3

Synopsis: Twenty-three vignettes present Nong, a ten-year-old girl living in present-day Thailand, and the characters of her village as they slowly make the transition from rural poverty to western modernization.


Film: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethalkul, 2010
Languages: Thai

Film: Pee Mak
Director: Banjong Pisanthanakun, 2013
Languages: Thai


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