Thailand factsheet for adoption travel

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What You Need to Know

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Country name:

long form: Kingdom of Thailand
short form: Thailand
former: Siam

What the people are called:

noun, singular: Thai
noun, plural: Thai
adjective: Thai

Ethnic groups:

Thai (75%), Chinese (14%), others.

U.S. Embassy

Embassy of the United States of America
95 Wireless Road
Pathumwan District, Lumpini Sub-district
Bangkok 103330 Thailand

Tel:(66) 2-205-4000
Fax:(66) 2-205-4131

Web site: http://www.usa.or.th

Canadian Embassy

Canadian Embassy (street)
15th Floor, Abdulrahim Place
990 Rama IV Road
Bangkok 10500 Thailand

Canadian Embassy (mailing)
PO Box 2090
Bangkok 10501 Thailand

Tel:(66) 2-636-0540
Fax:(66) 2-363-0565

Web site: http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/bangkok

Money:

1 Baht (Bt) = 100 satang
(currency conversion)

Time Zone:

GMT +7 (What's GMT?)

Phone/Internet info:

Country Area Code: 66

There are Internet cafes and access in hotels of larger cities.

Mobile phone coverage varies, but is available (GSM 900, 1800, and 1900 networks). International calling cards also provide a way to contact (calling to or from the U.S. or Canada). You may want to consider renting a compatible phone and service plan.

Major languages spoken:

Thai, English (secondary language of the elite), ethnic and regional dialects

Alphabet:

The written language is significantly different than English letters: See it here.

Major holidays:

Public holidays 2004
    Jan 01 - New Year's Day
    Feb 03* - Magha Bucha Day
    Apr 06 - Chakri Day
    Apr 13-15 - Songkran (Thai New Year)
    May 01 - Labor Day
    May 04* - Visakha Bucha
    May 05 - Coronation Day
    Jul 01 - Mid Year Bank Holiday
    Jul 02* - Khao Phansa Day (Buddhist Lent)
    Aug 12 - HM The Queen's Birthday
    Oct 23 - Chulalongkorn Day
    Dec 05 - HM The King's Birthday
    Dec 10 - Constitution Day
    Dec 31 - New Year's Eve
* These dates are determined by the Buddhist lunar calendar and are difficult to predict. The dates provided are estimates.

Common names:

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