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THAILAND, formerly known as Siam, is a constitutional monarchy located in southeast Asia and the only country in the region to have escaped being made into a European colony (although Japanese troops occupied it during World War II). It is a tropical country of mountains and jungles, rainforests and green plains.

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Central Thailand consists of the densely populated, fertile plain and valley of the country’s principal river, the Chao Phraya. The mountainous Isthmus of Kra joins southern Thailand to Malaysia, and the country has an extensive coastline surrounding the Gulf of Thailand (South China Sea).

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Thailand has a tropical climate with heavy monsoon rains from June to October, a cold season from November to February, and a hot season from March to May.

The natural vegetation of the coastal region is a tropical forest that is home to a variety of animals, including tiger, leopard, Asian rhinoceros, gibbon, water buffalo, crocodile, snakes, and birds. As in other parts of southeast Asia, elephants used as work animals, particularly in the northern, upland forests where commercially valuable trees such as teak extracted. Buddhism is the principle of religion. Followed by 95 percent of the population, it exerts a strong influence on everyday life.

Thailand is rich in many natural resources, such as mineral deposits of gold, coal, lead, and precious stones, with fertile soils, extensive areas of tropical forests, and natural gas offshore.

The central plain of Thailand contains vast expanses of paddy fields that grow enough rice to rank Thailand as one of the world’s leading producers. The narrow southern peninsula is very wet, and it is here that rubber produced. Other crops grown are cassava, maize, pineapples, and sugar cane. Fishing is an increasingly important industry with prawns sold for export.

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