Thailand is located in the middle of the Indo-China Peninsula south of China. The Gulf of Thailand is in the southeast and the Andaman Sea is on the southwest. It is bounded on the west by Myanmar, on the south byMalaysia, on the northeast by Laos and on the southeast by Cambodia. There is a population of about 68,000,000 in an area of 513,115 square kilometers or about 200,000 square miles. Along with the Thai people who make up about 75 percent of the population, many other peoples live there such as ethnic Chinese who are about 14 percent of the population, Burmese, Malays, Indians, Laotians, and others. It can be regarded as a multiethnic country. The country has five main regions that can be visited economically, and all the regions are exciting travel destinations with their own distinctive attributes.
Thailand is known as an exciting travel destination with great food, beaches and exotic places that can be visited economically. Bangkok's international airport is a travel hub in the region, so there is a lot of price competition among budget airlines. Budget travelers can live on 1,000 or 2,000 Bhat (about 30 to 60 USD) a day and go to interesting places. People like to visit temples, eat in the restaurants, and go swimming and boating in numerous beaches, islands and coves. Thailand is a known as a country with thousands of Buddhist temples and tens of thousands of monks dressed in yellow robes. It has a Buddhist history that dates back to about 2,000 years ago, and the country was heavily influenced by India. Unlike its neighbor Vietnam and East Asian countries, the culture wasn't influenced much by China.
Thailand has a culture that has some roots in the Khmer Empire that controlled the area in ancient times and that was heavily influenced by Indian culture. They also have cultural roots in the Nanzhao Empire in Yunnan. During the past several hundred years, the tolerant Thais were greatly influenced by European cultures as their kings interacted with Europeans and learned about Europe. Starting from the late 1800s, the Siamese kings were educated in Europe or America. Thais are known as more tolerant religiously than the people of many countries. It is said that other religions have never been banned, but their style of Theravada Buddhism remains dominant among the ethnic Thais. Christianity is almost non-existent. But there is a small minority of ethnic Malays and other Muslim people. There are tens of thousands of active Buddhist temples. About 14 percent of the population is ethnically Chinese. Many of the Chinese practice their traditional religions.