Country File: Thailand

And today, in a remarkably long overdue country focus given that we’ve been living here the entire lifetime of this blog —

— and are planning to continue doing so permanently!

— we are taking a look at a Southeast Asian country iconic for everything from beaches to Bhuddas, from ancient ruins to opulent palaces; the location of the most visited city in the world (and our current hometown!) with 22.7 million visitors last year, which also holds the Guinness record for Longest City Name, “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”; one of the vanishingly few nations to never have been colonized, or even occupied, by European powers: ราชอาณาจักรไทย aka Prathet T’hai, “Land of the Free”, commonly known as Thailand!

The national flag of Kingdom of Thailand since September 2017; there are total of 3 colours: Red represents the blood spilt to protect Thailand’s independence and often more simply described as representing the nation. White represents the religion of Buddhism, the predominant religion of the nation Blue represents the monarchy of the nation, which is recognised as the centre of Thai hearts.

Wikipedia Commons

Thailand joined UNESCO on 01 January 1949, making it a real country by everywhs.com‘s standard, and it has 5 inscribed and 7 tentative World Heritage Sites:

Inscribed:
Ban Chiang Archaeological Site
Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns
Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries

Tentative:
Ensemble of Phanom Rung, Muang Tam and Plai Bat Sanctuaries
Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (KKFC)
Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna
Phra That Phanom, its related historic buildings and associated landscape
Phuphrabat Historical Park
The Ancient Town of Si Thep
Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan, Nakhon Si Thammarat


TCC
and MTP count Thailand as one place.

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