Name “Thai” means “free”.
Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia who has never been a European colony.
From the 13.century to the early 20.century, the country was called Siam.
In 1939 the name was changed to Thailand.
Thailand has a population of about 57 million. Nearly 10 percent of the population lives in Bangkok, the country’s capital and largest city.
The Kingdom of Thailand is a constitutional monarchy. King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the head of Thailand.
Religion. About 95% of the Thais are Therevada Buddhists, about 3% are Muslims and 1% is split between other religions.
Punctuality is a sign of courtesy. Foreigners are expected to be on time.
Negotiating. Do not expect to discuss business over lunch.
Be flexible and patient in your business dealings. Recognize that the Thais do not follow the same relentless work Schedule that other cultures do.…
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