Thailand is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is the world's 51st-largest country in terms of total area and is the 20th-most-populous country, with around 64 million people.
Thailand’s neighbours include Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, and also shares maritime boundaries with Vietnam, Indonesia and India. The capital and largest city in Thailand is Bangkok, which is the country’s political, commercial, industrial and cultural hub. 95% of Thailand’s population practices Buddhism.
Between 1985 and 1996, Thailand experienced enormous economic growth and is presently a newly industrialized country and a major exporter. Tourism also contributes significantly to the Thai economy and the country has also attracted a number of expatriates from developed countries who end up moving there permanently.
Thailand enjoys a high level of literacy, and education is provided by a well-organized school system of academic institutions from kindergarten to University. The majority of health care services in Thailand are delivered by the public sector, including 1,002 hospitals and 9,765 health stations.