Thailand's name in the Thai language is Prathet Thai, which means "Land of the Free." It is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized by a European nation.
Rites of passage
In the past, all Thai young men including the kings became Buddhist monks for at least a short period of time before their 20th birthday. Today, fewer young men observe the practice.
One-tenth of all animal species on Earth live in Thailand.
Traditionally, in Thailand the head is the most important part of the body. Thai people try to keep their heads lower than the head of any person who is older or more important, to show respect.
Good to know
Thailand has a reputation for sexual tolerance and is considered very safe for LGBT travelers.
- Official Name: Kingdom of Thailand
- Capital: Bangkok
- Population: 67.5 million
- Official Language: Thai
- Currency: Baht
- Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
- Academic Year
Semester 1: June to October
Semester 2: mid-November to mid-March