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  1. Natural regions of the country.
  2. The history of Thailand.
  3. Customs and cultural differences.
  4. Social structure in Thailand.
  5. Celebrations of festivals and holidays.
  6. One beautiful holiday celebrated by the Thai - Loi Krathong.
  7. Thai food.

Thailand is arguably one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is a nation rich in history and culture, populated with a warm, hospitable people who endeavor to make any tourist or visitor feel at home. Before we discuss the people, let's begin with an overview of the country's geography.According to the official tourism website of Thailand, www.tourismthailand.com, the country is divided into four natural regions. These are the North, the high Northeast Plateau, the Central Plain, and the South. The North is mountainous and much cooler than the other areas?and many different ethnic hill people call this region home. Known for archeological finds and an arid climate, the Northeast Plateau covers almost one-third of Thailand. This plateau is called Isan. The tourism website states that ?Isan is a comparatively poor region whose main income is from agriculture, and many of the younger people in the villages migrate to the city. But Isan folk have a distinctive character and dialect and a vigorous culture, with their old traditions still reflected in the many festivals unique to the region.?

[...] The structure of Thailand is hierarchical in the sense that those with more wealth, power, age or position are regarded as higher than those with a lower status in these areas. Jobmonkey.com expounds on this more fully. place you in relation to themselves, Thais will ask you questions that may seem rude, but aren't meant to be; for example, you may be asked about your age, salary, and marital status. The social structure is often revealed in restaurants when either the oldest or wealthiest person in the group pays for everyone. [...]


[...] There is also some question as to whether Anna's accounts of her time in Thailand are entirely accurate, or were enhanced to interest readers and boost sales. Honoring royalty is only one example of the customs that Thais practice. When visiting Thailand it is extremely important to remember a few cultural differences the people of the country hold. First of all, Thais smile?a lot. When they're happy, or apologizing, or saying hello, or even frustrated. In the Thai culture, children are taught from a young age to hide emotions, especially crying. [...]


[...] The remainder of the population adheres to Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and other faiths, all of which are allowed full freedom of expression.? As far as trade is concerned, the most popular items exported from Thailand (as stated by Thailand.com) are rice, seafood, pineapple, and rubber. A few of the less famous items include garments, toys, automobile parts, hardware products, gems, chemicals, and fresh or processed food. These exports contribute greatly to the economy of Thailand. Thai food is rapidly growing popular in the United States and elsewhere in the world. [...]

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