Thailand


Prathet Thai
In southeastern Asia, central plain; Khorat Plateau in the east; mountains elsewhere. 513,120 km2 (slightly > 2x WY), 28% arable.

Capital Bangkok (pop est. 5.8M)
Population 66M (128.6/ km2)
Life expectancy 73 years
HIV/AIDS 1.4%
Literacy 93%
Lang(s) Thai, English
Religions Buddhist 95%, Muslim 5%, Christian .7%, other 0.1%
Ethnic Groups Thai 75%, Chinese 14%, other 11%
Gov’t Constitutional monarchy
GDP/cap $8,100
PCVs 1962-present; education & business development (Volunteers in country: 90; total to date: 4,915)
Nat’l holiday Birthday of King PHUMIPHON, 5 December (1927)


Focus word for 2011 - "Celebration"

Thai: Chalong (CHA-long)
Hmong: Ua kev zoo siab ua ke (oua kay zong sh-ia oua kay)


Books

A Portrait Of Thailand
by David Devoss
Book Description
An exploration of this country of unique and rich traditions -- from bustling Bangkok with its splendid temples and palaces to hilltop villages and ancient ruins.


Kids' Books

The happiness of Kati
Jane Vejjajiva; translated by Prudence Borthwick.
New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2006.
Ages 9 to 13.


Music

Tata Young
Ready for Love
Music from Thailand


Films

Rak haeng Siam (Chukiat Sakveerakul, 2007)


Recipes

Som Tam Thai/Papaya Salad/Mango Salad
Cha Dhra Khai/Lemongrass Tea