Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Thailand Facts #15 (150 facts and statistics to date)

“Practical observation commonly consists of collecting a few facts and loading them with guesses.”

• Housing sales are estimated to have reached 72,000 units last year, down from 78,000 in 2006. The average price per housing unit would remain as last year, at Bt2.3 million.
(The Nation, January 11, 2008)

• Foreign direct investment in Thailand for 2007 consisted of 846 projects worth 502.73 billion baht.

• Ranong is the least most populous province in Thailand and Mae Hong Son is the least mostly densely populated province in Thailand.

• According to Thai belief the following colours are associated with the days people are born – red for Sunday, yellow for Monday, pink for Tuesday, green for Wednesday, orange for Thursday, blue for Friday and purple for Saturday. This belief is thought to have originated from Hindu custom and astrology.

• Thailand shrimp production is expected to reach 530,000 tonnes this year, up from 500,000 tonnes in 2007 with 370,000 tonnes forecasted to be exported.
(Thai Shrimp Association)

• From September 2006 to September 2007 Suvarnabhumi airport handled 41.3 million passengers. It is expected to reach its capacity of 45 million passengers this year.
(Bangkok Post, January 9, 2008)

• In 2007, Thailand produced 1.24 million tonnes of crude palm oil. While 859,363 tonnes were for domestic consumption, 150,000 were exported and 251,130 were for other purposes.
(The Nation, January 14 2008)

• The province of Nan currently has the lowest minimum daily wage rate in Thailand at 143 baht per day.

• Siam Park in Bangkok which opened in 1980 is the oldest running theme park in Thailand.

• Thailand is the world’s largest producer of rambutan. A typical rambutan tree can yield 5000 pieces of fruit.