When your friend or family member says to you, ‘Let’s go out this weekend. We could go to Thai Terre in East Dean. Do you like Thai food?’ do you suffer a moment’s panic because you don’t know whether you do or not? Do you wallow in guilt because you couldn’t even point to Thailand on a map? Well fret and wallow no more – in the spirit of multiculturalism and sharing knowledge, Thai Terre is delighted to tell you about our (other) home.
Thailand is in Southeast Asia, and shares borders with Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. It has a population of 67 million, 14 million of whom live in the capital of Bankok.
The country is ruled in a similar way to the UK; His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is head of state, and a prime minister and government act on his behalf, though the king is far more involved with the day-to-day running of the country than the British queen is with her country.
Thailand is predominantly Buddhist. Buddhists don’t believe in a deity or god in the same way as many other religions, but instead follow the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha). Buddhists believe that by following the teachings of Buddha, leading a simple and moral life and practising meditation they can achieve enlightenment (nirvana).
Thailand’s chief industry is export, and the country makes and exports all manner of products, principally electrical and computer components and vehicles. However, nearly half of the Thai labour force work in agriculture, mainly producing rice, of which Thailand is the world’s third largest provider.
This is a very brief introduction to our home country, but if there is anything else you would like to know about life in Thailand, please feel free to ask.
Why not check in again next week for part 2: Thai food.
1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand. Accessed 10 June 2015.
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism. Accessed 10 June 2015.