I am leaving on a 2 week trip to Thailand. This is familiar territory for me, having traveled there numerous times over the past decade.
Here is a quick sketch of the country.
Full country name: Kingdom of Thailand
Population: 62 million
Capital City: Bangkok (pop 6 million)
People: 75% Thai, 11% Chinese, 3.5% Malay, also Mon, Khmer, Phuan and Karen minorities
Religion: 95% Buddhism, 4% Muslim
Government: constitutional monarchy
Head of State: King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)
Head of Government: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
GDP: US$166 billion
GDP per capita: US$2,168
Thailand is the bustling cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
And Thailand is the beautiful rural area in the northern mountain region.
I will be in both types of settings on this trip.