Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam - is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India in the Andaman Sea to the southwest. The country is a constitutional monarchy, headed by King Rama IX, the ninth king of the House of Chakri, who, having reigned since 1946, is the world's longest-serving head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history. The king of Thailand is titled Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, the Upholder of the Buddhist religion, and the Defender of all Faiths. Thailand is the world's 51st-largest country in terms of total area and is the 20th-most-populous country. The capital and largest city is Bangkok, which is Thailand's political, commercial, industrial and cultural hub. The country's official language is Thai. The primary religion is Buddhism, which is practiced by around 95% of the population. Thailand experienced rapid economic growth between 1985 and 1996, and is presently a newly industrialized country and a major exporter. Tourism also contributes significantly to the Thai economy. Thailand is a magnet for tourists from all around the world. Not only due to beautiful natural resources of Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, and Krabi but also as a homeland of ancient civilisation with numerous historical remainings which are must-to-see and a place of fun and adventure of all kind. That beautiful country with long history and tradition and famous from hospitality to tourists should find a top place on the bucket list of many of us.
Jasmine Garland (Phuang Malai) - it's the traditional handicraft of sewing thai jasmine flower. It is commonly used in Thai traddition to pay respect to Buddha or elder people. They are also often given as offerings or kept for good luck.
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