Profile name: LandofSmiles
Birthday: December 5
I speak: Thai
Religious affiliation: Buddhism
Ethnicity: Thai 95.9%, Burmese 2%, other 1.3%, unspecified 0.9% (2010 est.)
Relationship Status: Constitutional monarchy – King
Number of fb friends: 67,976, 405
Does size really matter? 513,120 sq km (slightly more than twice the size of Wyoming)
I drive on the: Left
If we go dutch, I’m paying in: Thai Baht
A Brief Summary of What I’m all about:
“All the women, who independent, throw ya hands up at me.” Destiny’s Child totally gets me. It is a point of pride to say that I am the only one of my fellow peeps in this part of the world that hasn’t been colonized. Competent leadership over four centuries was able to capitalize on the beefs between France and Britain and ensured that I remained a “buffer state.”
In 1932 a bloodless revolution led to a change in my relationship status. I went from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy and in 1939 I decided I needed something different- so I changed my name from Siam to Thailand.
You know how December 7, 1941 is “a date which will live in infamy”? Well, the next day I was attacked by the Japs who were demanding to move troops freely through the country down to my southern neighbor Malaysia. Lasted like eight hours before I said- “ok dude. You win.” A month later I had to be like, “Um, US- we’re like totally in a fight.” Outwardly I was aiding the Japs but meanwhile there was an active underground movement better known as the “Free Thai Movement” that worked against the Japanese in Thailand. In later years the US and I made up and I went on help out in Korea and Vietnam.
More recently there has been a looootttt of dramz in my life. It has been a constant state of major political crisis- complete with two coups in the last ten years (the last one being in 2014), vote buying being a huge problem in elections and all around abuse of power.
I wish I could tell you a little more about my beloved king! But that’ll be a little bit later down the road.
The first things people usually notice about me….
I’m quite well known for my Southern region…. Obviously by that I mean island life. Pristine beaches and endless islands make for a top vacation destination.
Six Things I Couldn’t Live Without:
I spend a lot of time thinking about….
** Please make sure to practice responsible tourism while traveling! I don’t mean to get all righteous here, but I think it’s extremely important. There are many new and exciting experiences to try abroad- but make sure you do your research!! Many developing countries rely heavily on tourism and there are some activities that are solely for tourists. They are there to make money and conditions can be terrible. Many times we are unaware of what we are contributing to, but that is exactly why it is so crucial to stay informed!**
How can I help?
Don’t support these things! Boycott them! Make sure you do research on everything you do. By no means are these the only things to look out for. You can read more about responsible tourism in Thailand here.