There are few people who don't enjoy Thailand, and many, like me, decide to make LOS their home for a while; some for life. Thailand combines cultural diversity, paradise-like beaches and an array of unique experiences for every age and gender, so much so that it's easy to remain ignorant to what's going on behind the smiles, fresh fruit, rejuvenating massages and epic adventure. In this post I explore some not so well know facts about Thailand to give you a deeper insight into the country and its operations.
*Facts researched from the following sources:
- National Statistical Office of Thailand
- National Economic and Social Development Board
- Thailand Meteorological Department
- Thailand Ministry of Industry
- Department of International Trade Promotion.
The total population of Thailand is 64,076,033
The total (official) population of Bangkok is 6,574,843, although that figure is thought to actually be nearer the 10 million mark.
GDP (Q4 2012) – 18.9%
Inflation – 3.2%
Export value – $56.415m
Land area – 514,000 square kilometres
Maritime Economic Zone – Total – 212,200 Sq Km: Andaman Sea -72, 200 Sq Km, Gulf of Thailand -140,000 Sq Km
Although seasons differ slightly in some parts of the country, the three seasons in Thailand are generally as follows:
- Summer – mid-February to mid-May
- Rainy season – mid-May to mid-October
- Cool season – mid-October to mid-February
Buddhist – 93.3%
Islam – 5.1%
Christianity – 0.1%
Hinduism – 0.08%
Sikhism – 0.02%
Confucianism – 0.01%
6. Top 3 Exporting Industries
- Computers and spare parts
- Gems and jewellery
7. Top Manufacturing Industries
- Electronic appliances
- Food and beverages
8. Top 5 Labour Force Industries
- Agriculture, forestry and fishery
- Mining and quarrying
- Electricity, gas, steam, and air-conditioning supplies
- Water supply, sewage, waste management and remediation services.
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