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Thailand is a country on the Asian continent. The country is located in a region referred to as Southeast Asia. The Southeast Asian country shares borders with four countries: Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia.
The capital city is called Bangkok.
Thailand's shape is said to resemble the shape on an axe as you can see on the map.
The Gulf of Thailand is to the Southeast of the country and the Andaman Sea to the West. Thailand has 1430 islands, of which the largest is Phuket. The island of Phuket is located in southwestern Thailand in the Andaman Sea.
The tallest mountain in Thailand is Doi Inthanon which is located in Chiang Mai. Thailand's highest mountain is 2,565 m/ 8,415 ft high.
The longest river in Thailand is the Mekong River with 4,350 km/ 2,703 miles.
Thailand is home to some of the oldest dinosaur fossils that were ever found in Southeast Asia!
Thailand is known for its colourful and vibrant cultural heritage and festivals and its stunning beaches such as Maya Bay on Phi Phi island.
Thailand is slightly larger than Spain, about a quarter bigger and longer than Italy, or about three times the size of Florida in the USA.
A flight to Bangkok takes about 12.5 hours from London/England and 17.5 hours from New York/USA.
Here are the most popular Thailand landmarks and attractions for kids:
Thailand is the country with most buddhists among the country's population. About 95% of the Thai are Buddhists.
There are over 35,000 temples in Thailand! Among the most well known temples are Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple and Wat Pho, the temple of the reclining Buddha as well as Wat Arun, the temple on the banks of the Chao Phraya River that runs through Bangkok.
Over half of the population live in and around in urban areas. The biggest cities in Thailand are Bangkok, Chon Buri, Samut Prakan and Chiang Mai. Bangkok is the only city in Thailand with more than two million inhabitants.
The most popular sports in Thailand are soccer, volleyball and rugby. Thailand is also known for the Thai Boxing style called Muay Thai.
The rivers in Thailand always were and still are the place where people went to shop for food and goods. Floating markets are not only a tourist attraction but part of Thai daily life. If you want to see how Thai people shop for groceries, you must rise early in the morning to not miss out on a wonderful experience!
Good to know: In Thailand the head is considered a sacred body part, so don't touch other people's head! Don't point with your feet and don't show the soles of your feet as these are considered the lowest part of your body.
The official language in Thailand is Thai. The written Thai language uses symbols.
The Thai alphabet has 44 symbols for consonants and 16 symbols for vowels. The Thai language has five tones and thus is a called a 'tonal language' similar to the Chinese and Vietnamese languages.
More than 60 languages are spoken in Thailand. English is a mandatory school subject.
The traditional Thai greeting style is called 'wai'. Younger people greet older people first to show respect.
Male speakers say "sawatdi khrap" and female speakers say "sawatdi kah". These words are accompanied by a gesture. Hands are pressed together. The fingertips pointing upwards while the head is bowed and the head touches the fingertips.
Many festivals are celebrated in Thailand throughout the year such as Loi Krathong which is celebrated this year on 27 November 2023.
Thai festivals are usually related to the Buddhist religion. At Loi Krathong the people ask for forgiveness from the Mother of River.
Then the people also celebrate the Candle Festival or the Flower Alms Offering Festival. Some other festivals originated from traditional beliefs to ask for favors from the God of Rain. Popular are also Rice Blessing Ceremonies and long boat racing festivals.
Among the Thai staple food is rice (khao), noodles, vegetables, sprouts, seafood and pork. Common foods sold at food stalls include chicken rice, stewed or barbequed pork, and noodles.
The Thai cuisine includes lots of fresh spices such as garlic, galangal, lemon grass, lime juice, hot chillies, peppers, coriander as well as palm sugar. Many dishes are prepared with clear fish sauce (nam pla) and shrimp paste.
Thailand grows a large variety of exotic fruits such as mango, papaya, jackfruits, durian or langsat, which looks similar to a larger lychee, but has a sweet sour taste.
Popular Thai dishes are:
Thai dishes are mainly eaten with cutlery, spoon, fork and knife. Only Chinese-style dishes are eaten in Thailand with chopsticks.
The Thai cuisine is also known for stunning fruit and vegetable carvings.
Thailand is the second biggest economy in South East Asia - after Indonesia.
Thailand is the biggest producer and exporter of cut orchids in the world. In 2018 Thailand exported more than 50,000 tonnes of orchids. Did you know that there are about 1,300 orchid species grown in Thailand's orchid farms?
The main trading partners of Thailand are China, Japan and the USA. The main export products of Thailand are automobiles, computers, jewellery, gold and precious stones, rubber products and rice and processed food products.
Elephants are the official national animals of Thailand. At the Elephant Nature Park near Chang Mai one can experience these majestic animals in their natural habitat. This elephant park is Thailand's largest elephant sanctuary. Here the rangers look after the elephants - and of course there are no elephant rides as elephant rides are a big no-go!
Did you know that Asian elephants have smaller ears than African elephants?
Thailand is home to rhinos, tapirs and whale sharks. These species are among the world's endangered species. Monitor lizards and other lizard species are common native animals.
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