Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Thailand Facts #11

“The trouble with facts is that there are so many of them”.
Samuel McChord Crothers

• A law was passed in 1921 decreying that all white elephants automatically belong to the King, making it illegal for them to be bought, sold or used commercially.

• The Stock Exchange of Thailand rose 26% in 2007.

• Tee Law Su Waterfall in Tak province, is the highest waterfall in Thailand

• The Accor Group is the largest hotel chain operating in Thailand with 34 hotels and 8,770 rooms.

• An estimated 1.673 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed) will be consumed in 2008 in Thailand.
(Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO)

• Silom Road, in Bangkok has the most expensive property in Thailand at up to 650,000 baht per square wah.
(Thailand Treasury Department)

• Thailand has 344 hospitals with 35,806 beds.
(Bangkok Post, December 27 2007)

• Only 5.4% of Thai mothers provide six months of breast feeding, compared with 20% in Vietnam, 35% in the Philippines, 60% in Cambodia and nearly 70% in South Korea.
(National Statistics Office)

• The mobile phone penetration rate in Thailand has reached 52 million people, or 80% of the population.
(Bangkok Post, 28 December 2007)

• There are more than one million Burmese working in Thailand.