THAILAND / PRATHET THAI

In southeastern Asia, central plain; Khorat Plateau in the east; mountains elsewhere. 514,000 km2 (slightly > 2x WY), 28% arable.

Capital Bangkok (Pop: 5,882,000)
Population 65M (127.4/ km2)
Life expectancy 73 years
HIV/AIDS 1.5%
Literacy 93%
Lang(s) Thai, English
Religions Thai 75%, Chinese 14%, other 11%
Ethnic Groups Melanesian, Papuan, Negrito, Micronesian, Polynesian
Gov’t Constitutional monarchy
GDP/cap $8,700
PCVs 1962-present; Education & business development (Volunteers in country: 103; total to date (TTD): 4,804)
Nat’l holiday Birthday of King PHUMIPHON, 5 December (1927)


Focus word for 2010 - “Justice”

Thai: yuthictham (yoot-tee-tum)


Books

Thailand Confidential
by Jerry Hopkins
Book Description
Essays exploring the mystery and mayhem of "The Land of Smiles" to hilarious-and sometimes disturbing-effect.
The book explores aspects of day to day life in the kingdom.


Kids' Books

Hush! A Thai Lullaby
by Ho, Mingfong ; pictures by Holly Meade.
New York : Orchard Books, c1996.
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1996)
A worried Thai mother tries to quiet all the animals and insects that might wake her napping baby in rythmic verse graced with gentle humor. Observant readers and listeners will find delight in the supposedly sleeping baby's active endeavors while his mother appeals to each animal in turn to "Hush!", and all will enjoy the soothing pattern of the text. Cut-paper collage illustrations in warm earth tones fill each double-page spread with varied visual perspectives. Ages 2-5.
© Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Reprinted with permission.


Music

Rough Guide to the Music of Thailand
Various Artists
Music Rough Guide


Films

The Overture (Ittisoontorn Vichailak)


Recipes

Larb/Spicy Meat Salad
Yum tua pu/ Wing Bean Salad