Thailand

Thailand

The Tai People moved from China into the region now known as Thailand around the 11th century. The country was known for a long time as Siam but became Thailand in 1932 after a ‘bloodless revolution’. The elephant is the national symbol of Thailand and tourists today can ride elephant-back into the countryside. From Chiang Mai in the north to Bangkok in the middle and Phuket Island in the south, Thailand is a country of tremendous natural beauty, over forty thousand Buddhist Temples, and warm, friendly people.

Thailand Videos: This is an excellent 5.5-minute overview video of Thailand. Here is a visually fun, 1-minute look at Thailand. This is a beautiful 6-minute video about Thailand.

FunFacts about Thailand: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Southeast Asian Indochinese peninsula composed of 76 provinces. At 513,120 km2 (198,120 sq mi) and over 68 million people, Thailand is the world’s 50th-largest country by total area and the 21st-most-populous country. (Source)
  • The capital of Thailand is Bangkok.
  • Thailand is bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Myanmar.
  • Historically, the Tai Peoples migrated from China to the current region known as Thailand in the 11th century.
  • The use of the name ‘Siam’ dates from the 12th century.
  • Thailand was the only country in the region that was able to avoid direct Western rule.
  • From Siam to Thailand, quote: Following a bloodless revolution in 1932, Siam became a constitutional monarchy and changed its official name to “Thailand”. (Source)
  • Thailand is a founding member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and remains a major ally of the US.
  • Thailand has a high level of human development, is the second largest economy in Southeast Asia and is classified as a newly industrialized economy.
  • Thailand by square miles is slightly larger than Spain.
  • Geographically, Thailand has several regions: Southern Thailand consists of the narrow Kra Isthmus that widens into the Malay Peninsula while the north consists of the mountainous area of the Thai highlands, the northeast, Isan, which consists of the Khorat Plateau, bordered to the east by the Mekong River and finally the center of the country comprised mostly of the flat Chao Phraya river valley, which runs into the Gulf of Thailand.
  • The Andaman Sea is an important part of Thailand primarily because it is a tourist magnet, despite the devastating tsunami of 2004.
  • Thailand’s climate is most affected by the monsoon seasons.
  • The elephant is Thailand’s national symbol.

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September Winners: Linda K., Lynn G.!

August Winners: Smita D. (yes, each commenter has a chance to win one bracelet each month!), Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

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Bangkok

Bangkok

With over 50,000 places to eat in Bangkok, including tremendous street food, it’s small wonder the capital of Thailand is one of the world’s most visited cities. It also has over 400 Buddhist temples. Fourteen million people live in the metropolitan area. A place of culture, art and tremendous contrast, Bangkok is also a significant regional force in finance and business. If you love to shop, Bangkok is a must-visit destination.

Here’s a wonderful 4-minute Expedia video that gives a beautiful overview of Bangkok. This is a terrific 5-minute video all about traveling through Bangkok.

FunFacts about Bangkok: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep. The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres (605.7 sq mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in central Thailand, and has a population of over eight million, or 12.6 percent of the country’s population. Over fourteen million people (22.2 percent) lived within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region at the 2010 census, making Bangkok the nation’s primate city, significantly dwarfing Thailand’s other urban centres in terms of importance. (Source)
  • Bangkok has its roots in a small trading post during the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 15th century.
  • Thailand was originally called Siam.
  • Many international companies have headquarters in Bangkok making it a financial force in the region.
  • A top tourist destination, Bangkok has been named several times the most visited city in the world.
  • Main tourist attractions include the Grand Palace and many Buddhist temples including Wat Arun and Wat Pho.
  • The Grand Palace was originally the home of the Kings of Siam.
  • The word ‘Bang’ in Thai means ‘village on a stream’.
  • Most of original Bangkok was swampland that was drained and transformed into land suitable for agriculture.
  • The Chao Praya River flows through Bangkok.
  • With a low elevation of only 5 feet above sea level, Bangkok experiences flooding, sometimes severe and in parts lasting for two months.
  • Bangkok has a tropical savanna climate and is subject to the South Asian monsoon.
  • Bangkok is also known as ‘the City of Angels’ and is home to over 400 Buddhist temples.

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For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet or a $15 Amazon gift card ~ ~ winner’s choice! ~ ~ just scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

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February Winners: Erin M., Theresa M., Merrie W., and Donna W.!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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First March Winner: Congrats Maureen D.!!!

February Winners: Erin M., Theresa M., Merrie W., and Donna W.!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on every Caris Roane blog, Monday thru Wednesday this week, to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019! On Thursday, March 14th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

*** This Week’s Giveaway is Closed ***

We have a winner! Congrats Linda K.!!!

To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about Bangkok. Have you ever been to Thailand? Which photo did you like best?

*** And tell us where you’re from! I’m from Buckeye, Arizona, not far from Phoenix. (That’s the Desert Southwest, USA.) ***

Above all: Live the fang!!!