Thailand

Thailand lies at the heart of mainland southeast Asia. Continuing rapid industrialization has resulted in massive congestion in the capital and a serious depletion of natural resources.


Geography:

One-third is low plateau, drained by tributaries of the Mekong River. 

Central plain is the most fertile area.

Climate:

Tropical. 

Hot, humid March–May; monsoon rains May–October; cooler season November–March.  

People & Society:

600,000 hill tribes-people, with their own languages, live in the north and northeast. 

The Chinese minority is the most assimilated in the region. 

Malay Islamists in the undeveloped far south are fighting for secession. 

Economy:

Successful manufacturing. 

Natural gas reserves. 

Leading exporter of rice and rubber. 

Tourism, though sex industry harms image. 

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