Country Info: Thailand

Country Info: Thailand
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  • Full name:
    Kingdom of Thailand
  • Population:
    69.5 million (UN, 2011)
  • Capital:
  • Area:
    513,115 sq km (198,115 sq miles)
  • Major language:
  • Major religion:
  • Life expectancy:
    71 years (men), 78 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit:
    1 baht
  • Main exports:
    Food including rice, seafood and live animals, office equipment, textiles and clothing, rubber
  • GNI per capita:
    US $4,420 (World Bank, 2011)
  • Internet domain:
  • International dialling code:


Green Curry

"Kaeng khiao wan" in Thai. This is a variety curry in Thai cuisine. It's hot and sweet in the same time. The main ingredients for the sauce consist of coconut milk, green curry paste, eggplant, pea aubergine, sugar, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves, and Thai basil leaves. It can be made with all kind of meat.

Pad Thai

You can find this very popular dish everywhere, from street carts to restaurants. Stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice, red chili pepper, plus any combination of bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken, or tofu, garnished with crushed peanuts. Coriander and lime juice can be added along with Thai condiments. It is usually served with scallions and pieces of raw banana flower.

Tom Yum Koong

It's served widely in Southeast Asia, but you should taste the real thing in Thailand. Hot, sour and spicy clear soup like none other. You can try 'Tom Yum Nam Khon' which is a thicker version.


Asiatique Riverfront

Same area which the East Asiatic pier(large business pier operated back in 1900) occupies is being restored to its original glory under the name “ASIATIQUE The Riverfront,” the first and the biggest lifestyle project in Asia on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, and soon to become Bangkok’s trendiest landmark.

Jatujak (JJ) Weekend Market

Still a must for tourists. The most lively weekend market in Thailand with a huge range of goods. Very convenient to reach.

Sichang Island

The nearest island from Bangkok, only several hours away. Warm, little island that has many sightseeing. Ideal for one-day trip.