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  • pakarang
    started a topic Facts and News from/about Kingdom of Thailand

    Facts and News from/about Kingdom of Thailand

    FACTS: Kingdom of Thailand.

    Background: A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century; it was known as Siam until 1939. Thailand is the only south east Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US ally following the conflict.

    Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, southeast of Burma

    Geographic coordinates: 15 00 N, 100 00 E

    Area:
    Total: 514,000 sq km
    Land: 511,770 sq km
    Water: 2,230 sq km

    Area - comparative:
    Spain 504.880 sq.km
    France 543.965 sq.km

    Land boundaries:
    Total: 4.863 km

    Border countries:

    Burma 1.800 km,
    Cambodia 803 km
    Laos 1.754 km
    Malaysia 506 km

    Coastline: 3,219 km

    Maritime claims:

    Continental shelf: 200 m depth or to the depth of exploitation

    Exclusive economic zone: 200 nm

    Territorial sea: 12 nm

    Climate: tropical; rainy, warm, cloudy southwest monsoon (mid-May to September); dry, cool northeast monsoon (November to mid-March); southern isthmus always hot and humid

    Terrain:

    Central plain; Khorat Plateau in the east; Mountains elsewhere

    Elevation extremes:

    Lowest point: Gulf of Thailand 0 m
    Highest point: Doi Inthanon 2,576 m

    Natural resources:

    Tin, rubber, natural gas, tungsten, tantalum, timber, lead, fish, gypsum, lignite, fluorite and arable land.

    Land use:

    Arable land: 34%
    Permanent crops: 6%
    Permanent pastures: 2%
    Forests and woodland: 26%
    Other: 32% (1993 est.)

    Irrigated land: 44,000 sq km (1993 est.)

    Natural hazards:

    Land subsidence in Bangkok area resulting from the depletion of the water table; droughts

    Environment - current issues:

    Air pollution from vehicle emissions; water pollution from organic and factory wastes; deforestation; soil erosion; wildlife populations threatened by illegal hunting

    Geography - note:

    Controls only land route from Asia to Malaysia and Singapore

    Population: 61,230,874

    Note: Estimates for this country’s explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and *** than would otherwise be expected (July 2000 est.)

    Age structure: (2000 est.)

    0-14 years: 24% (male 7,386,231; female 7,107,010)
    15-64 years: 70% (male 21,102,363; female 21,714,411)
    65 years and over: 6% (male 1,726,043; female 2,194,816)

    Population growth rate: 0.93% (2000 est.)

    Birth rate: 16.86 births/1,000 population (2000 est.)
    Death rate: 7.53 deaths/1,000 population (2000 est.)

    Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2000 est.)

    *** ratio: (2000 est.)
    At birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
    Under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.97 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.79 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.97 male(s)/female

    Infant mortality rate: 31.48 deaths/1,000 live births

    Life expectancy at birth:

    Total population: 68.55 years
    Male: 65.29 years
    Female: 71.97 years

    Total fertility rate: 1.88 children born/woman

    Nationality:

    Noun: Thai (singular and plural)
    Adjective: Thai

    Ethnic groups: Thai 75%, Chinese 14%, other 11%

    Religions:
    Buddhism 95%
    Muslim 3.8%
    Christianity 0.5%
    Hinduism 0.1%
    other 0.6%

    Languages:

    Thai, English (secondary language of the elite), ethnic and regional dialects

    Literacy:

    Definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    Total population: 93.8%
    Male: 96%
    Female: 91.6%

    Country name:

    Conventional long form: Kingdom of Thailand
    Conventional short form: Thailand

  • pakarang
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    June 3rd has become a new national holiday in Thailand, the birthday of former Thai Airways Air Hostess, now Her Royal Highness, Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalashana:

    2019_06_03 New Thai Queen Birthday by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

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  • pakarang
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    Thailand has a new King, AND a new Queen.

    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south...oronation-king
    Queen Suthida served in the special unit of the King’s Guard and was a former flight attendant with Thai Airways. Vajiralongkorn has married her ‘legally and according to tradition’, according to a royal decree.

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  • pakarang
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    Sometimes, I really miss living in Bangkok. I miss friends, the atmosphere and the dynamics of the city that never sleeps. I do not miss the traffic, the excessive heat, the dengue mosquito, the rats... but I do miss a lot of other things associated with living there.


    I miss trips to the mall, not because I need to buy something but because they are like a community with all sorts of entertainment and exhibitions. In Norway, a mall is a place to buy something and quickly get out/home again. So lastly different. Climate is naturally a part of the reason I guess.

    2018_09_13 iPHONE-Bangkok-IMG_2139-EDIT by Captain Jan-Olav Storli, on Flickr

    FACT:

    Muslims are the second largest religious group in Thailand at 4% to 5% of the population. Thailand's southernmost provinces — Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and part of Songkhla and Chumphon — have large populations of Muslims, consisting of both ethnic Thai and Malay.

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  • pakarang
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    Originally posted by Seagull View Post
    Concerns about a major tropical storm, named "Pabuk" in southern Thailand have already affected tourism:-
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...abuk--11082430

    Here is a link from the Thai meteorology department
    https://www.tmd.go.th/en/

    As always, our Captains friends in the area are very much in my mind at times like this.
    Thankfully, they are all safe after some terrifying weather (especially monsoon rain).

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  • Seagull
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    Concerns about a major tropical storm, named "Pabuk" in southern Thailand have already affected tourism:-
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...abuk--11082430

    Here is a link from the Thai meteorology department
    https://www.tmd.go.th/en/

    As always, our Captains friends in the area are very much in my mind at times like this.

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  • Seagull
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    I'll be aboard Serenissima visiting islands of England, Ireland and Scotland in May!

  • ombugge
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    The crowning ceremony for the King will be in May. Who's going??:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...n-may-11077694

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  • pakarang
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    Have you seen this Thai resort where the rooms have been made inside old cross-country buses?

    Apparently, they call this resort a "luxury resort", though I belive they mean luxury as in the Thai version.

    No matter what level this resort claims to be, if I ever get to Khao Chao Khao Krua, Khao Chakri, Sa Kaeo, I will HAVE TO spend a night here to find out myself.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWpT1W_TANs

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  • pakarang
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    Interesting video listing Thailand's history in just 5 minutes.... notepad ready!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfOMEP_7AJM

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  • Seagull
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    It's real! Here's a link to some research that has been done on how the species has evolved. It seems the orchid-like appearance is not a disguise to avoid predators, but a means of attracting other insects to prey on!

    http://naturalsciencenews.com/2016/1...antis-evolved/

    The discussion of the different appearance of males and females (s e x ual dimorphism) is particularly interesting to me having worked on extinct fossils. A palaeontologist can't directly observe the behavour of extinct species like a biologist can. There have been some cases where two different species had been discovered and each given a name, but which from later evidence were found to have been males and females of the same species!

    Nature is indeed amazing.

  • pakarang
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    In these days of so much "fake news" and "photoshopped truths", I have no idea if this is a film-trick or actual reality... I have never seen or heard about something so beautiful.

    There are other videos on youtube too, so this is probably real.

    The mantis in the film is just stunning.... imagine how rich our nature is when it's able to create such a masterpiece!

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  • pakarang
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    As I have mentioned probably many times before, I have a Thai family in southern Thailand. They are a group of truly amazing people, and they make music that to me, is as amazing as butterflies filling my stomach. Their lyrics, sounds and texts are something that touches me deep in my heart. Not only that, but they are the nicest people I could have dreamed of calling my family. We are brothers.

    Recently, they also made a movie that I have probably seen 10 times already. The movie can also be found on youtube, and it's got English subtexts in case (southern) Thai language is not your strongest side.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkSjU-Oc9As

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  • pakarang
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    Originally posted by ombugge View Post
    That would be a scary sight if I was seeing this myself - not knowing why they are all running away like that!

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  • ombugge
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    Monkey hear, monkey run for cover:
    https://www.vgtv.no/video/150561/skr...-av-fyrverkeri

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