Pagoda in Wat Pho Temple, ThailandArea
513,115 sq km (198,115 sq miles).

Population
61,230,900 (2000).

Population Density
118.5 per sq km.

Capital
Bangkok.

Population
7,753,000, including Thon Buri (1995).

Geography
Thailand is bounded to the west by Myanmar and the Indian Ocean, to the south and east by Malaysia and the Gulf of Thailand, to the east by Cambodia, and to the north and east by Laos. Central Thailand is dominated by the Chao Phraya River.

Government
Constitutional monarchy since 1973. Head of State: HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) since 1946. Head of Government: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

Language
Thai is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially in establishments catering for tourists.

Religion
The vast majority adhere to Buddhism (Theravada), with Muslim and Christian minorities.

Electricity
220 volts AC, 50Hz. American- and European-style 2-pin plugs are in use.

Telephone
IDD is available. Country code: 66. Outgoing international code: 001.

Fax
Facilities are widely available.

Internet/E-mail
Cybercafés provide public access to Internet and e-mail services.

Post Office
Airmail to Europe takes up to one week. The General Post Office in Bangkok is open Mon-Fri 0800-2000 and weekends and holidays 0800-1300. Post offices up-country are open 0830-1530.

Press
English-language dailies are the Bangkok Post and The Nation.