Thailand (Prathet Thai, meaning land of the free). Its capital is Bangkok (Krung
Thep, meaning city of angels).
The country is made up of 76 provinces that are further divided into districts,
subdistricts and villages. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, with Bangkok
being the seat of Thailands revered Royal Family, with His Majesty the King
recognised as Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, Upholder of the Buddhist
religion and Upholder of all religions.
Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, making it a natural gateway to
Indochina, Myanmar and Southern China. It is bordered by Myanmar (west and
north), Lao P.D.R. (north and northeast), Cambodia (southeast) and Malaysia
(south). Its shape and geography divide into four
natural regions: the mountains and forests of the North; the vast rice fields of
the Central Plains; the semi-arid farm lands of the Northeast plateau; and the
tropical islands and long coastline of the peninsula South.
- Tourism Authority of Thailand