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Thailand Geography

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

You might have heard about Thailand. You may have heard something good or bad about it. Well, that is common to most of the countries, isn’t it? Despite the political turmoil in it, Thailand is still an interesting country. Let’s start with the geography of the country. The country is located in Southeast Asia. It is considered a Buddhist country since 80-90 per cent of the populations are Buddhists. The country used to be known as Siam for centuries.

The size of the country is similar to the size of France or may be the size of Texas in the States. It covers the area of 510,000 square kilometers. The population is around 65 million people. The country has the population of around 65 million people. It has shared borders with Myanmar in the west and north, with Laos in the northeast, with Cambodia in the east and with Malaysia in the south.

Thailand has a shape of an old styled axe. It is divided into seven regions including the North, Northeast, Central Plains, East, West, and the Bangkok Metropolitan Region. Each of which has its own distinctive geographical character. The capital of Thailand is Bangkok. It is more or less located at the center of the country. The city is known by many perspectives ranging from its rich culture with beautiful temples to being a place of notorious night spot like Patpong.

The northern part of Thailand has of a lot of mountains. It is the largest area of the country. Here, you can see elephants work in the forest. The major cities that people visit in the north include Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The second largest area is northeast. The area is largely bordered by the Mekong River. It has the world’s oldest Bronze Age civilization which flourished some 5,000 years ago.

As for the south of the northeast lies the eastern region. It has the border to the sea. This is where pristine beaches support the growth of summer resorts such as Pattaya. The west of Thailand consists of many beautiful mountains. They rise up towards the Burmese border. The resources here are in lush valleys and some remain relatively unspoiled. The towns here have a frontier atmosphere. The last part of the country located down south. Here, you can see scenic beauty which complements the economically vital activities of tin mining, rubber cultivation, and fishing.

Fun and Cheap Bangkok Shopping: Chatuchak Weekend Market

Friday, January 8th, 2010

When mentioning about markets in Bangkok, Chatuchak, weekend market always tops the list. It is the most famous market in Bangkok for cheap shopping, with an endless variety of products in massive scale. In recent years, other markets soon subsequently sprout around the city, attempting to challenge the authority of Chatuchak’s. But Chatuchak still stands firmly as the mother of all markets.Covering 35 acres of land with more than 15,000 stalls and 200,000 visitors every Saturday and Sunday, Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok is without a doubt the largest market to be found in the city and one of the biggest and most famous markets in the world.

The market is divided into different sections, with a different colour depicting each different zone. There’s a section for clothing, a section for handicrafts, and other sections will include items such as jewellery, antiques, ceramics, pets, vintage magazines, stamps and coins, collector’s items, household goods, arts, plants, wholesale items, and food. Some shops do not always adhere to the goods specified in the stated sections, so most of the time it boils down to our exploration skills.For the best time to be there, it is advised to visit the market early, as the place can get really crowded as the day goes on. In addition, the temperature can rise rapidly as the afternoon sun hangs in the sky, and most likely you will get all wet and sticky and uncomfortable in the high heat and humidity conditions. Bargaining is a must in this market, and it is considered the perfect location to put your bargaining skills to the test. Thai people even when bargaining, likes to do it with a smile. With a friendly and humorous attitude, and armed with a big smile, they are your best weapons to secure the best possible deal.

As few stalls or shops accept credit cards, it is recommended to bring enough cash along with you. But do be aware and on the alert for pickpockets, as theft is common in this place, and it’s up to us to proper protect our belongings and valuables. It takes just an instant to lose something valuable like our wallets. There are many novel stalls in the market, as an interesting feature of this market is that many up-and-coming Thai artists and businessman actually started their careers with a stall at this market. So following in their footsteps, there are lots of aspiring talents hoping to emulate previous successes with their innovative crafts. Food and drinks are aplenty all over the market, together with unusual and mind-boggling Thai snacks such as deep-fried insects, scorpions and frogs, mostly heavily spiced.