Introduction to Thailand
The Kingdom of Thailand is a nation located in Southeast Asia and is a popular location for expats and tourists alike. The country is a constitutional monarchy, headed by King Rama IX, who after ascending the throne in 1946 is the world’s longest-serving head of state and the longest reigning monarch in Thai history.
Prior to 1939 the country was called Siam, when it was changed to Thailand; however once again it was renamed Siam until 1949 when it was once again renamed Thailand. On the subject of name changes, Bangkok, the nation’s capital has an alternative ceremonial name which holds the world record for having the longest name of a city.
Thailand is influenced by its neighbours such as India, Cambodia and China. Religion in particular was imported into Thailand by its neighbours with most of the population being Buddhists.
The population of Thailand stands around 64 million people with the capital city being Bangkok. Thailand is well known for its food, beautiful beaches, Muay Thai and its reputation for its cities having a rather seedy underbelly.
Thailand has experienced rapid economic growth and is currently classed as a newly industrialized country and a major exporter. Tourism is a huge contributor to the Thai economy. Thanks to the nations booming economy the country is becoming increasingly popular for expats seeing work.
The country’s natural beauty also makes Thailand a very popular destination for those expats looking for a nice place to retire.