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Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic city of Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 and became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Destroyed in the 18th century by the Burmese, Ayutthaya’s remains are now just a memory of the splendor this expansive city once held.

   
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Bangkok

Bangkok

With a population of over 8.3 million, Bangkok is the capital and largest city of Thailand. Built originally as a city marked by waterways and canals in place of streets, Bangkok was once referred to as “the Venice of the East.” Bangkok is now one of the most important economic centers in Asia, as well as a renowned tourist destination. Filled with towering skyscrapers, as well as ancient temples and palaces, Bangkok is world famous both for its fascinating history and sizzling nightlife.

   
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Phuket

Phuket

Located in southern Thailand, in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is the nation’s largest island. It is a popular tourist destination, drawing over five million people every year. The island and surrounding area is known for its spectacular scenery and expansive snorkeling and diving opportunities. In 2004, Phuket was devastated the tsunami caused by the Indian Ocean earthquake.

 

   
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Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai was built in 1296 to be the capital city of the Lan Na Kingdom, now part of northern Thailand. The city was the main trading center between southern China and the sea ports of Burma. The Lan Na Kingdom became part of Siam (later Thailand) in 1892, and now Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand.

The city is now a travelers’ paradise, with access to trekking and excursions across northern Thailand. Chiang Mai is located near Doi Inthanon, the highest peak in Thailand (8,415 feet).

   
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Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai serves as the main commercial hub for the Golden Triangle – the name for the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. Chiang Rai is located in the mountainous area of northern Thailand. For tourists, Chiang Rai is the northernmost city in Thailand.

   
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Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok is located across 285 square miles of southern Thailand. Many believe its jungle is over 160 million years old. It is covered by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, and holds limestone mountains, deep valleys, lakes, caves, and many rare species of plants and animals.

 

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Mekong River

Mekong River

At 2,703 miles in length, the Mekong River is the world’s 12th longest river. It forms much of the northern border of Thailand and serves as a major trade route between western China and southeast Asia.

 

   
   

Fast Facts About Thailand

   
Population: 65,002,000
Area: 198,117 square miles
Capital City: Bangkok
Largest City: Bangkok
Currency: Thai Baht
Official Language: Thai
GDP (Gross Domestic Product) $1.1 trillion
   

Ten Interesting Facts About Thailand

 
– Until 1939, Thailand’s official name was Siam
– Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country to never have been colonized by a European power
– 93.6% of the population is Buddhist, with Buddhism being Thailand’s official religion
– “Thailand” means “land of the free"
– The King’s Anthem is performed before movies and cultural performancesin Thailand. Everyone must stand.
– Thailand is the world’s largest exporter of rice.
– The majority of the population is Thai and Buddhist, though about three million Muslims reside in southern Thailand
– Thailand is home to about 130,000 refugees from neighboring Myanmar
– Siamese cats are native to Thailand
– Thailand is the only land connection between mainland Asia and Malaysia and Singapore

 

 

Thailand Flag

 
Thailand Flag
 

The red stripes on the flag represent the blood shed to maintain Thailand’s independence. White is the color of Buddhism, and represents purity. The blue stripes represent the Thai monarchy.