Thailand

Thailand

The Kingdom of Thailand is at the centre of Southeast Asia. Thailand is one of the most strongly Buddhist countries in the world, the national religion is Theravada Buddhism which is practiced by more than 95% of all Thais. The region has been settled since 10,000 BC, and has been ruled by various kingdoms over the centuries, including the Thai, Mon, Khmer, Malay, and Burmese. The first Thai or Siamese state is traditionally considered to be the Buddhist kingdom of Sukhothai, which was founded in 1238. current era of Thai history began in 1782 under King Rama I the Great. Due to its strong monarchy, Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that has never been colonized or been taken over by a European power. The capital and largest city of Thailand is Bangkok. It is also the country's centre of political, commercial, industrial, cultural, and tourism activities. Visitors also go north to the hill tribes around Chiang Mai, and south to the beaches near Phuket and Koh Samui.

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