Wikijunior:Asia/Thailand

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National emblem of Thailand

Thailand is a country located in Southeast Asia. Thailand composted of 76 provinces. Thailand's current prime minister is Prayut Chan-o-cha and the capital of Thailand is Bangkok. Thailand also uses the Thai baht for currency.

Where is Thailand?[edit]

Location of Thailand

Thailand is located in Southeast Asia, bordering Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia. Thailand also borders the Gulf of Thailand to the south and the Andaman Sea to the west.

How many people live in Thailand?[edit]

As of 2016, 68.8 million people live in Thailand. As of 2016, Bangkok is the most populated city in Thailand, with 5,686,646 people. Other cities that are popular include Samut Prakan (1,293,553 people), Nonthaburi (1,211,924 people) and Pathum Thani (1,111,376 people).

What are the most common languages in Thailand?[edit]

The official language of Thailand is Thai. The Thai language is very similar to Lao and more than half of the Thai words are borrowed from other languages. These languages include Pali, Sanskrit, Mon, and Old Khmer. About 20 million people speak Thai as their first language, followed by 15.2 million people speaking Lao. The Thai hill tribes also speak many smaller languages and it has been estimated that there are about 73 spoken languages in Thailand.

What is the most common religion in Thailand?[edit]

Wat Phra Kaew, a Buddhist temple, in Bangkok.

The most common religion in Thailand is Buddhism (94.50%). The other religious groups that are present in Thailand are Islam (4.29%) and Christianity (1.17%).

What is the sport of Thailand?[edit]

Muay Thai

Muay Thai or Thai boxing is the signature sport of Thailand. Thailand's first gold medal was won by a boxer named Somluck Kamsing in the Men's Featherweight category at the 1996 Olympics Games in Atlanta.

Other popular sports in Thailand are football and volleyball. The women's volleyball team often participate in the World Championship, World Cup, and World Grand Prix Asian Championship.

What are some important sites?[edit]

The Grand Palace from across the Chao Phraya River
  • The Grand Palace was the official residency of the king of Thailand from 1782 to 1925. The Grand Palace is made up of several buildings, pavilions and halls and still used today for some royal ceremonies.
Democracy Monument, Bangkok
  • The Democracy monument is in the centre of Bangkok, Thailand's capital. It commemorates Thailand's revolution in 1932.
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