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Amazing Thailand - One of the most original places on earth to visit and often the last.

It is said that you should not visit Thailand until you have seen the rest of the world since Thailand is the place you will keep returning to. The reason is that it is singularly the most amazing place you will discover on earth. The unique identity of Thailand, warm climate and the attractiveness of the people make it irresistibly unique to millions of foreigners.

Partly the cause of this, is that Thailand, formerly the Kingdom of Siam, is the one place in South East Asia that as never been colonised by a European power. The extraordinary culture and tradition of the country is shaped by Buddhism and is also very much alive in everyday Thai life. Thai people speak their own language and their quiet, friendly manner has led some to label the country as the 'Land of Smiles.'

Thailand is the 20th largest country in the world, in terms of population, with over 63 million people. 90% are Thai while about 10% are of Chinese origin. 95% of the population are Buddhist with nearly 4.5% being Muslim.

From 1985 to 1996, Thailand was the fastest growing economy in the world.The Asian financial crisis in 1997 resulted in severe economic collapse resulting in the effective de-valuation of the Thai currency, the baht. Since then, however, Thailand has remained an emerging economy with an impressive export performance despite political turmoil which erupted in 2006.

If you are considering a trip to Thailand or want to know more about the country, the following pointers may be helpful:

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