The name of the country, Thailand comes from an ethnic group (the Thai people) of the central plains. Thailand adheres to the constitutional monarchial form of government. The country is further sub divided into seventy six provinces for administrative conveniences. The majority of the religion followed by Thai people is Buddhism and the major languages of Thailand are Thai, English and vernacular languages. Thailand, "The Land of Smiles" attracts a record number of travelers each year who are drawn to the incredible beauty of the country.
The map of Thailand gives an overview of the geographical location of the country, denotes the tropical climate, heterogeneous topography and natural vegetation of the country.
Location: Middle of mainland Southeast Asia
Capital City: Bangkok (8,249,117 pop.)
Geographic coordinates: 15°00′N 100°00′E
Geographic Center: 86.1 miles (138.4 km) north-northeast of Bangkok
Coastline: 5,180 miles (3,219 km)
Horizontal Width: 292.19 miles (470.23 km) from Mae Sot east to Udon Thani
Vertical Length: 366 miles (589.02 km) from Chiang Mai south to Bangkok
Border Countries: (4) Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos , Malaysia
Geographic Center: About 138.92 miles (223.57 km) east of Omdurman
Highest Point: Doi Inthanon 8,451 ft. (2,576 m)
Lowest Point: Gulf of Thailand 0 m
Land Divisions: There are 76 provinces in Thailand
Thailand Population: 67,448,120 (2013 est.)
Currency: Baht (THB)
Religion: Buddhist 94.6%, Muslim 4.6%, Christian 0.7%, other 0.1%
Thailand's monsoon season arrives on schedule June through July and from March through May temperature range from an average high of 95°F (35°C) to lows near 70°F (21°C).
During the dry season, beginning from November and December the temperature rises dramatically over 40 °C (104 °F) and is a bit longer in the northeast and shorter in the south because of its proximity to the sea.
The country is rich in natural resources like tin, rubber, natural gas, tungsten, tantalum, timber, lead, gypsum, lignite, fluorite and arable land.
The highest elevation in Thailand is the Doi Inthanon peak (2,576 meter) whose summit peaks at 8,451 ft. (2,576 m). The Khorat Plateau, in the eastern region of country rolling low hills and small, shallow lakes, drains into the Mekong River system on its border with Laos.
Rivers: The Chao Phraya is the central river which flows for 231 miles (372 km), and its tributaries drain into a delta south of Bangkok. Tapi River is known as the longest in the country. Some of the other major rivers include Wang, Nan, Yom and Ping.
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