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Our Grade 8 Geography project.

Colin MacMullin

on 13 January 2014

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Thailand has a fairly poor per capita income of $5480 USD or 174428 baht and 40 satang. Although the per capita income in Thailand isn't extremely high, they make up for this economical shortcoming with the fact that the Thai unemployment rate is only a miniscule 0.7%! Thailand also has a reasonably sized labor force at 39.41 million. As mentioned before teaching in Thailand is not an ideal job, however, it is the most common job in Thailand. Teaching at government schools, especially universities can be either the highest, or lowest paying job you could get
Welcome to Thailand!
Thailand is a fascinating country located in southeast Asia.
The population in Thailand is a staggering 67 108 508 people, a large amount for such a miniature country. Because there is such a large amount of people and small amount of land, the population density is a prodigious 135.30 per square km (2010)! That is why Thailand is the 86th most populated country in the world. The age which the most people are aged at is 30-34 years-old. Not surprisingly, the age in which the least amount of people are aged at is 100+ years-old, most-likely because of the fact that Thailand's life expectancy rate is much lower than 100.
Thailand's literacy rate is a pretty good 95.1 percent (2013). Considering the fact that the literacy rate is pretty good you would think teachers would enjoy teaching there right? Wrong! Most experienced teachers that have taught before coming to Thailand to teach say that the ministry of education in Thailand is the absolute worst government organization they have dealt with ever before. To add to the previous statement, teachers sometimes are told to pass students even though they have failed miserably just to make their education look good. In each Thai class, their are easily more than a stunning 70 students per class.
Land Use In Thailand
The majority of Thailand(60%) is covered in land from large cities! Thailand may seem rural at first glance, but it actually is quite developed. The largest city in Thailand, Bangkok is what you may call bustling. Despite this, a lot of Thailand is in fact, used for agriculture. Thailand's primary crop is rice, however corn, wheat, potatoes, rubber and various tropical fruits are grown in Thailand.
Religion In Thailand
The most common religion in Thailand is Buddhism in fact 95% of the population. The other 5% of the population are either Sikh, Muslim, Islam, Jewish, Hindu or Christian. Those in Thailand are lucky because the Thai government allows freedom of religion. The only exception to this rule is that the Thai government will not register new religious groups.
Human Geography
Quality Of Life In Thailand
The life expectancy rate is a moderate 73.3 years. They rank at the 81st highest life expectancy in the world. The fertility rate is a rather low 1.56 ranking them 75th highest in the world.The infant mortality rate in Thailand is an OK 12.81 ranking them 69th lowest in the world.In Thailand, like many countries, women, on average live longer than men. Health and Medical care in Thailand is overseen by the Ministry of Public Health. 99.5% of Thailand's population have health protection coverage. There are 1002 hospitals and 9765 health stations in Thailand. 15% of Thai people aged 15 to 41 have been diagnosed with HIV/Aids and 58000 Thai people have died since 1984.
Political Unrest
Thailand is currently in a state of political unrest because of their prime minister: Yingluck Shinawatra. She has been using aggressive and unnecessary force against peace protesters fighting for more democracy in Thailand.
Physical Geography
Thailand is a subtropical country with a relatively warm,sometimes rainy climate.It has hot summers and usually only has cool winters in the northern mountain region. There are 3 main seasons in Thailand, the cool season, the hot season, and the rainy season.
Natural Disasters
Many tragic disasters have occured in Thailand, leading to a loss of many lives and economic damages. Most natural disasters in Thailand are storm and flood related. The most recent and destructive natural disaster happened in a time span between July 2011 and Jan 2012. There was widespread flooding in 65 provinces resulting in 815 confirmed deaths, 21000 square km of farmland damaged and a loss of 45.7 billion dollars. Since Thailand is in the United Nations most countries in the UN have helped in recent natural disasters occurring in Thailand. Possibly the most tragic natural disaster was the 2004 south asian tsunami. This took a terrible toll on Thailand with 5078 confirmed deaths and 8457 injuries.
Thailand's Economic State
Thailand is a mixed economy, much like Canada it operates with the government running the infrastructure of the country, however the rest of it is made up of the private sector, which consists of every business that is not run by the government. Most of Thailand's economy is based around export as they export everything from crops to car parts. Due to this, they have a somewhat unstable economy and it often fluctuates from disasters and other factors.Thailand has a mediocre GDP of 365.6 billion USD and a somewhat better GNP of 630 billion USD. As of now, Thailand has a national debt of over 4,216,503,000,000.
Media In Thailand
Media in Thailand is not nearly as broad and free as media in Canada and the USA, however it has a huge media sector by southeast asian standards. Although all the same types of media that we have in Canada obviously exist in Thailand, by far, the most common form of media is TV. Despite this, the one problem with Thai television is that they focus on political violence rather than local stories. There are a substantial amount of newspapers in Thailand, many of them dailies. Unlike many countries, Thai citizens have the right to freely use the internet with few exceptions. One of these exceptions is that the government constantly watches over the internet, and largest of all, Youtube is banned.
Natural Resources and Trade
Land Forms
The Thailand landforms are represented by lakes, mountains, rivers, islands and many more. Thailand's biggest mountain is the Doi Inthanon mountain with a massive total altitude of 2576 metres. There are many mountains in Thailand but only 2 volcanoes with the Phanom Rung and Doi Pha Khak Hin Fu volcanoes being both of them. The largest lake located in and around Thailand is the Songkhla lake at a total size of 1,040 km².
Thailand is rich in various naturally occurring minerals such as gold, lead, tin, coal, tungsten, manganese, and precious stones. There are also a substantial amount of natural gas deposits offshore that were discovered in the 1970's.This resulted in a reduced need in imported petroleum. Other industries in Thailand include automobiles, automotive parts and tourism. Some of Thailand's primary exports are rice, rubber, cars, computers, footwear, and fishery products. Some of Thailand's primary imports are fuel, consumer goods, and raw material. Thailand's 3 main export partners include China, Japan, and the USA. Thailand's 2 main import partners include Japan and China.
Transportation In Thailand
Many people say that transportation in Thailand is very chaotic, those people would be correct. Thailand really has no definite most popular form of transportation, as it varies by region and length of the trip. Buses are favoured as a form of long distance transportation however motorbikes are more common in rural areas for short distance travel. In large urban areas and cities there are various types of improvised travel. These vary from taking boats and boat services, to stranger forms of transport such as Tuk-Tuks, vanpools, and songthaews.
Thailand Wilderness and Recreation
Thailand's first national park was Khao Yai in 1961. There are currently 102 national parks in Thailand (including 21 marine national parks. There are currently 33 national parks and three marine parks in the making. There are various sports and activities often played in Thailand. Some of these are kite flying, muay Thai (kickboxing), and Takraw. Takraw is a game where players must hit a ball with any body part except their hands to get the Takraw ball over the net.
Sports in Thailand
Thai people are great sports enthusiasts and sports lovers. Thailand sports play a major part in the life of every Thai national. Thais enjoy both traditional and indigenous games as well as modern games.There wide margin of sport activities in Thailand. Golf is probably the most played Thai sport apart from badminton, soccer, boxing, tennis, and bowling. Traditional games of Thai include kickboxing, kite-flying, paper boat racing, and takraw are also regularly encouraged in Thailand.
Effects of Settlement On Thailand
For about the past 35 years, the government has been focusing on protecting the environment, and it has become one of their primary focuses. Due to the large economic growth in Thailand over the course of the past few decades, there have been several new environmental issues such as air and water pollution. Another problem is that due to slash-and-burn in northern areas of Thailand, forest cover dropped 28% from 1961 to 1988. In the fisheries sector coastal wetlands and mangroves have largely degraded and overfishing has resulted in fishing yields from marine fisheries to drop 90%! Thai wildlife is also at risk due to poaching, specifically the asian elephant. 100 years ago there were 10,000 wild elephants in Thailand, but that number has since dropped to about 2,000
We would like to conclude our presentation by giving you a taste of a traditional Thai dessert known as khao niaow mamuang. It is a rice pudding made with Thai sticky rice and creamy homemade coconut sauce. It is also topped with 4 different fruits, mango, dragon fruit, starfruit, and pomelo. We hope you enjoy!
Work In Thailand
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