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Thailand is a country on the southern edge of Asia. It's bordered by Cambodia, Burma, Laos and Malaysia. Two bodies of water border the southern parts of the country, there's the Gulf of Thailand and the Strait of Malacca. The population is 66,720,000. The land area is 198,115 sq miles. The GDP per capita is $9,396. The main language is Thai.

Thailand's name was changed a total of 4 times, from Siam to Thailand, back to Siam and finally back to Thailand. Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been colonized by Europe. In 1932 the people were granted their first constitution, ending centuries of monarchy. In World War II Japan wanted to move their troops to Malaysia and invaded and fought the army of Thai for a short period of time until they were granted passage. Shortly after that they signed a treaty, where Tokyo would help Thailand regain lost territories. On Jan. 25, 1942 Thailand declared war of the United States and the U.K. and began assisting Japan in the war. After the war Thailand became an ally of the U.S.

Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand at 8,451 ft. It's located in the Mae Chaem Distict. In the past it was known as Doi Luang or Doi Ang Ka. The mountain's current name was given to it in honor of one of the last kings og Chiand Mai, king Inthawichayanon. He ordered that when he died, his remains be placed at the top of Doi Luang, which was renamed after his death.

The capital of Thailand is Bangkok. In Thailand the city is known as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or Krung Thep. Bangkok amazes me at how well the present and past blend to create this city. There are numerous temples scattered throughout the city, in places one might not expect, such as between two shopping malls. Which is where Wat Panthum Wanaram is. The temple was built in 1857 by King Mongkut as a place of worship. Whwn this temple was built, it was surrounded by rice fields. The temple's full name is Wat Pathum Wanaram Ratcha Wora Vihran.

Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon

Wat Panthum Wanaram

Wat Panthum Wanaram

Bird's Eye Veiw of Bangkok

Bird's Eye Veiw of Bangkok

Posted by JPalmer15 11:55 Archived in Thailand

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