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Thailand

Thailand is situated in the heart of Southeast Asia, bordered by Laos and Cambodia in the east, Gulf Thailand and Malaysia in the South.

Thailand is situated in the heart of Southeast Asia, bordered by Laos and Cambodia in the east, Gulf Thailand and Malaysia in the South.

Overview

Official Name
Kingdom of Thailand

Capital
Bangkok

National Day
5 December

Population, Territory and Currency

69,625,582 (2019)

513,120 square km

Thai Baht (THB)
Price per meal: ~90-150 baht (SGD$3.90-6.50)

Demographics

Demographics Demographics

75.5 Life expectancy
Source: World Health Organisation (2019)

51.4% Urban population
Source: United Nations (2019)

48.7% Of the population are male
Source: World Bank (2019)

13.2% Are youths aged 15-24
Source: United Nations (2019)

The Flag

The Thailand flag is made up of 5 horizontal stripes of colour red, white, blue, white and red. The colours are said to stand for nation-religion-king, an unofficial motto of Thailand. Red for the land and people, white for religions, and blue for the monarchy.

The Flag
Flag of Thailand

Key Historical Events

1932

Absolute monarchy gives way to constitutional monarchy with parliamentary government.

1947

First post-World War II military coup. The military retains power continuously until 1973.

2001

Populist Thaksin Shinawatra becomes prime minister.

2006

Military leaders stage a bloodless coup.

2011

Pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party wins a landslide victory in elections. Thaksin's sister Yingluck becomes prime minister.

2014

Army again seizes power.

2016

King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies after 70 years on the throne and is succeeded by his son, Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Economic Profile

Thailand has a mixed economy which has rebounded from the numerous incidents of political unrest. Its GDP in 2017 was 15,450.1 billion baht.

SGP X THA: Singapore and Thailand share a bilateral network known as the Singapore-Thailand Enhanced Economic Relationship. This is a platform for government agencies and private sectors to promote closer economic cooperation and deepen the level of contact and consultative process between the two countries

Industry

Infrastructure
A key business sector is infrastructure development. The government’s 3.3 mil baht plan aims to improve transport links within Thailand and its neighbours.

Exports
Thailand is a leading exporter of rubber. It is also famous for its livestock, industrial and natural resource exports.

Automotive
A key node in the world’s auto production supply chain, with around half of the world’s auto parts manufacturers having operations there.

Places of Interest

Places of Interest

Grand Palace
Crown of the Palace

A complex of buildings located at the heart of Bangkok. A popular tourist attraction in Thailand, the Palace is still used for official events and several royal ceremonies.

Chatuchak
Weekend Market

The largest market in Thailand, it has more than 15,000 stalls divided into 27 sections. It is the world’s largest and most diverse market with 200,000 visitors every weekend.

Local Food

Local Food

Pad Thai
One of Thailand’s national dish consisting of stir-fried noodle with shrimp/chicken, peanuts, egg, bean sprouts.

Tom Yum
A hot and sour Thai soup usually cooked with shrimp. The soup is also made with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and galangal.

Mango Sticky Rice
A traditional Thai dessert made with glutinous rice, fresh mango and coconut milk. Usually eaten in peak mango seasons.