Stories from and about Thailand, a country where the modern and the traditional go together in a vibrant and colorful mix.


In a world of check-ins and geo-tags, Thailand stands out: in 2013, Bangkok's Siam Paragon Shopping Mall and the Suvarnabhumi Airport were Instagram's 1st and 9th most geo-tapped locations in 2013 – the only two locations outside of the United States of America to make it to the list.

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Keeping a uniform typeface below graphic depictions of smoking-related illnesses will ...

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Thailand first in Asia to roll out plain cigarette packaging

Angkhana Neelapaijit, the wife of an enforced disappearance victim, receives the Ramon ...

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When the personal is political: Defending human rights in Thailand

One comment online says: 'It's a pity for those who fed her milk and collected sea grass ...

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Beloved baby dugong 'Mariam' dies in Thailand with plastic in stomach

Thai authorities say there were 9 successful or attempted bomb blasts throughout Bangkok ...

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Footage shows Bangkok bombing in mall minutes from ASEAN meeting

(3rd UPDATE) At least 4 people are wounded when several small bombs explode as the Thai ...

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Bombs rattle Bangkok during ASEAN summit

Militants strike at the remote base in Pattani province, throwing grenades and laying ...

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4 dead in rebel attack on Thai army base

A Thai court announces the verdict and sentences Ronnakorn Romruen, a 24-year-old garbage ...

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Thai man sentenced to death for German tourist rape, murder

Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha defends his original invoking of junta-era powers as a ...

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New Thai leader keeps junta powers of arbitrary detention

Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Gunan died during the operation, the only fatality of the ...

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Thailand's 'Wild Boars' pay respects to hero diver who died in rescue

'I will promote a peaceful environment for a unified society based on love, unity and ...

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Thai junta chief Prayut made prime minister in royal decree

Capital Bangkok
Land Area 513,120 sq km
Population 67,741,401 (2014 est)
Currency Baht
Demonym Thai
Government Constitutional Monarchy
Head of State King Bhumibol Adulyadej (since 1946)
Head of Government Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
Independence None. Thailand has never been under foreign rule.
National Anthem Phleng Chat Thai (National Anthem of Thailand)
Languages Thai, Burmese
Religions Buddhism, Muslim, Christian
Year of ASEAN Membership 1967
Human Development Index 0.69 (2012)
GDP per Capita US$5,116
Internet Subscribers 237 per 1,000 persons
Inflation Rate 3.60% (2011)
Urban Population 36.1% (2011)
Life Expectancy 74.1 years
Tourist Arrival 19,098,000