back 800 years, Thailand is an amazing country that has a
strong foundation. The country began during the 13th Century with the
Sukhotahi Kingdom. At
this time, the people of Thailand, Thais, were first united
as a nation, which set them apart as a distinct group of
One of the
interesting things about this country is that the history of
the land is defined by its borders.
In fact, the borders of Thailand can be traced all
the way back to pre-historic days.
Over the years and through many excavation digs,
strong evidence has been uncovered showing that the people
inhibiting Thailand during that era were quite civilized and
instance, these digs have unearthed several settlements from
the Stone Age, specifically in the provinces of Khon Kaen
and Kanchanaburi. One
of the most valued of all digs took place in Udon Thani,
which is situated in the northeastern portion of the
iron tools, jewelry, bronze pieces, and painted pottery were
found that could be dated to 3600 BC.
The experts believe this particular settlement was in
existence until 250 BC, at which time the people just
civilization disappeared, other cultures from India were
found in the 3rd Century.
For example, in the 6th to 10th
Centuries, there were the Mons and Khmers.
These tribes left there mark on Thailand, leaving
behind magnificent stone sanctuaries all over the Kingdom.
However, the Thai people were not unified until the
establishment of the Sukhothai Kingdom.
monarchy is governed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has
been on the throne for more than 50 years.
Under his reign, diversity of religion is strongly
supported and encouraged.
However, it is the Prime Minister, the cabinet, and a
legislature of house representatives and senates that hold
power over the country.
Then in the
16th Century, the constitution was changed, which
was then enforced in 1998.
One of the major changes was that the senators that
had at one time been appointed by the Prime Minister were
not elected by the Thai people.
Additionally, a new election system for the House of
Representatives was also put into place.
Thailand has 76 provinces, with each of these being
controlled by a governor that was appointed by the Ministry
of Interior. For
each of the provinces, they are then divided into districts,
which are divided by tambons, or groups of villages, and
then finally, individual villages.
Thailand has been traditionally an agriculture country that
grows rice as the primary crop along with sugar cane,
sorghum, corn, nuts, and soybeans, you will also find some
tropical fruits and rubber plants grown in the eastern and
southern regions of the country.
However, in the mid-1980s, the country was
transformed from strictly one of agriculture to an
Because of this, the country has experienced a huge
economic boom and foreign investors have taken special
By 1996, the
majority of exports came from products that were
manufactured, traded primarily with other Asian countries,
Japan, and the United States.
This boom continued for several years until 1997 when
the growth was met with a sudden halt.
With problems going on with the Baht currency, the
bubble had finally burst and the country of Thailand was
back to its old economy standing.
The suffering was significant with families
experiencing massive pay cuts, jobs lost, and a huge
on their strong belief in Buddhism, the people moved forward
with a great attitude.
the country of Thailand is one filled with warm, hospitable
country offers a perfect blend of old, rich history and
modern technology. When
visiting, you can see old ruins, ancient temples, excavation
sites all while heading back to a contemporary hotel with
air conditioning and telephones.
If you are looking for
an intriguing destination, you certainly want to
consider the beautiful country of Thailand.