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Samantha Bass

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Transcript of Thailand

Thailand Location: CLimate:
high in humidity
warm weather year round History:
Recent Events:
General Information:
Originally Thai Kingdom (est. in mid-14th C)
Thailand used to be known as "Siam" until 1939
Only Southeast Asian country that has not been ruled by a European power
Bloodless revolution in 1932 led to Constitutional monarchy Timeline 1000-1099: Thais begin to migrate into southern china, which is new Thailand. 1350: the Siam Kingdom is established under the rule of King Ramathibodi. 1896: Thailand is guaranteed independence from a British-French treaty. 1932: ENd to the absolute monarchy that is replaced by constitutional monarchy 1941: Thailand is invaded by Japan and forced to fight with them in WWII 1944: Thailand allies with U.S. and Britain after Thailand had taken back a declaration of war against them 1946: Thailand becomes a member of the UN 1960s-1970s: Conflicts rise with Cambodia and Vietnam and Thailand is maintained with U.S. military during Vietnam War. 1997: The Stock Market Crashes. 2004 Influences of culture: India, China, Cambodia, and the rest of Southeast Asia Religion 95% Buddhism 3.8% Muslim 0.5% Christianity 0.1% Hinduism 0.6% Other Population:
65,998,436 Languages:
Thai, Chinese, Lao, Malay, and Mon-Khmer national Symbol:
Geography Food Taste:
hot, spicy, sour, sweet, salty, and bitter noodles, fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken Top Ingredients:
1. Lemongrass (herb)
2. Kaffir lime leaves (citrus flavor)
3. fish sauce
4. garlic
5. thai chile peppers
6. coconut milk
7. galanga (ginger)
8. palm sugar
9. jasmine rice (main) Red-shirts have been accused of plotting against the Thailand crown (government). They have set up barricades and are ready to react to any force. Yellow shirts want the army and government to take action against the red-shirts to end the terrorism and "anarchy". THe UN is getting involved by viewing the rally site to help start a "human right catastrophe". Currently taking place...

The red-shirts are displeased with the government rule in Thailand because they want more democracy and a stronger leader. Thailand Monarchy since 1992-2006
Head Majesty-King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of state
Official power rests with the gov headed by Prime Minister
Political power is distributed among members of the parliament and Bureaucratic system that reaches down to the village level
Governed by a system of centralization with the constitution as the highest law of the land
The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislative branches

They have a well-developed
inflastructure, a free enterprise economy,
generally pro investment policies, and a strong
export industries.

Population below poverty line-9.6%
Unemployment rate-1.6%

Thailand shares its border with Myanmar in the west and north, Laos in the northeast

Cambodia in the east and Malaysia in the south.

Administratively, the country is divided into 7 regions:
The North, Northeast, Central Plains, East, West, and the Bangkok Metropolitan Region.

The mountainous north is Thailand's largest region. Here, elephants work the forest. Winter temperatures are sufficiently cool to permit cultivation of temperate fruits such as strawberries and peaches.

The Chao Phraya is Thailand's most important river and flows through Bangkok. Sports Thai boxing, Kite fighting, Long boat racing
 The Thai coastline provides opportunities for water-sports
swimming, sailing and sail boarding. Deep-sea fishermen fish for tiger sharks, tuna and sailfish.
The name Thailand means Land of the Free. Thailand is the world's 50th largest country in terms of total area

Approximately the size of France
Seniority is an important concept in Thai culture. Elders have by tradition ruled in family decisions or ceremonies. Older siblings have duties to younger ones. Economy gained Independence in 1238
national Holiday-Birthday of Kind Phumiphon (December 5, 1927)
Elections- monarchy is hereditary
Prime minister is elected from members of the house of representatives
Following national elections for House of Representatives, the leader of the party is positioned to organize a majority coalition usually becomes prime minister by appointment by the king
Prime minister is limited to two to four year terms Legislative Branch
150 seats
members serve 6 year terms
House of Representatives has 480 seats and serve 4 year terms Music Phin, San, Pi Chang, Krachap, Chakhe
Traditionally classical orchestra
use instruments such as the ranad (a wooden, floor level exylophone), sa law (a boe shaped instrument played with a violin like bow), bamboo flutes, phin pia, and khlui
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