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Thailand

  • Skyline in Thailand
    Proud past

    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.

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    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.

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    Diversity rules

    One-tenth of all animal species on Earth live in Thailand.

  • man putting his head inside a crocodile's mouth
    Delicate matters

    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.

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    Good to know

    Thailand has a reputation for sexual tolerance and is considered very safe for LGBT travelers.

Fast Facts

  • 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 

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