Location: Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a Southeast Asian country.
History: An ancient autocracy, it became a constitutional monarchy in 1932. In 1948, the country assumed its present name Thailand. It is the only Southeast Asian country never taken over by a European power. The military took over the government in a bloody 1974 coup. In 1988, there was a democratic election but again military came to power in 1991. General elections were held in July 95.
Thailand was well on its way to joining the club of Asia's 'economic tigers', when crisis depended early 98 and the country appealed for help from G-7, and began implementing financial reforms.
On June 9, 1996 King Bhumibol currently world's longest reigning monarch, completed 50 years on the throne. In 2000, the Chakri dynasty marked the 200th anniversary.
Agriculture: Agriculture is the mainstay of the country and engages 60% of the population. The chief crop is rice and Thailand is world's biggest rice exporter - target for 1996 was 5m. tons. Coconuts, tobacco, cotton and teak are the other items of agricultural exports. During the last decade Thailand increased her export of manufactured and processed items.
Industry: Cement, processed food, textiles, wood, tin, jewelry.
Minerals: Minerals include tin (one of the largest producers), manganese, tungsten, antimony, lignite and lead.
Tourism: Since 1982, tourism has been Thailand's largest revenue earner. It is one of the famous tourist point in the world.
Mission in India:
Royal Thai Embassy
56-N, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi - 110 021, India
Tel: 91 - 11 - 2611 8103
Fax: 91 - 11 - 2687 2029
Indian Mission in Thailand:
Embassy of India
46, Soi 23 (Prasanmitr) Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok - 10110, Thailand
Tel: 00 - 66 - 2 - 2580300 to 6
Fax: 00 - 66 - 2 - 2584627, 2621740