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Thailand

“Friendly and fun-loving, exotic and tropical, cultured and historic, Thailand beams with a lustrous hue from its gaudy temples and golden beaches to the ever-comforting Thai smile.” ‒ Lonely Planet.

One of the most popular countries with expats, Thailand is a land like no other. Offering a superior way of life, it attracts the most affluent to its shores while making further progress with each year. With more people moving to the country, this has encouraged the Thai government to make massive steps in services to make life as comfortable as possible.

Economy:

  • Despite being heavy hit by the financial crisis in 2009, Thailand remains Southeast Asia’s most dynamic economy, having quickly regained ground since then.
  • Thailand’s manufacturing industry or Bangkok’s Central Business District is very lucrative, providing the major push of growth for the country.
  • Thailand’s economy is an emerging one, deeply dependent on exports, which account for over two thirds of GDP.

Job prospects:

  • Most of the local workforce is employed in the services sector, however expats are increasingly required to fill more high skilled positions.
  • Large firms are also moving to Thailand to make the most of its burgeoning economy.
  • As more expats travel to Thailand more financial professionals are required to handle their finances.
  • Visas are a must in this country ‒ leniency when it comes to illegal employment is not a Thai trait.

Geography:

  • This iconic coastline is famous for its pearlescent beaches a arching palm trees over shallow waters.
  • The northern part of the country also boasts great mountainous expansions topped with jungles.
  • The Andaman Sea is one of the country’s most precious resources and is where the most luxurious resorts are situated.
  • The local climate is tropical and characterized by monsoons.

Culture:

  • Known for the warm smile, the people of Thailand are famous for their hospitality, welcoming foreigners with open arms.
  • Respect is considered sacred, as with most Asian cultures.
  • Adored around the world, Thai cuisine expresses fundamental aspects of Thai culture: it is generous and warm, outgoing and nuanced, refreshing and relaxed.
  • Thailand's national religion Theravada Buddhism is important to modern Thai identity.
  • Football has become the most viewed sport in this earthly paradise.

Transport:

  • Thailand has no one dominant means of transportation, making it chaotic at times.
  • Long distance travel is most common with buses and rail, while motorcycles excel for short distances.
  • In Bangkok, Pattaya, and other large cities, public motorbike taxis take people door to door.
  • An overwhelming number of taxis can also be found in Bangkok.
  • Thai Airways International is the country’s national carrier, providing flights to destinations all over the globe.

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