Friday, January 25, 2008

Thailand Facts #17 (170 facts and statistics to date)

“The fewer clear facts you have in support of an opinion, the stronger your emotional attachment to that opinion”.

• Thailand's food exports are expected to grow by 7.2% to 664.52 billion baht this year against 9.9% growth last year.
(National Food Institute)

• Thailand's tourism revenue in 2007 increased by 10 per cent year on year to Bt530 billion of which Bt377.8 billion was generated within the country.
(Minister Suvit Yodmani, Tourism and Sports Ministry)

• There are 41 species of native bamboo plants in Thailand.
(“Native Plants and Their Scientific Names”, Dr Tem Smitinand)

• Thailand produces around 1.4 million tones of crude palm oil each year, of which 800,000 to 850,000 tonnes go to cooking oil production and 500,000 for export.
(Bangkok Post, January 16, 2008)

• Dong Phya Yen-Khao Yai forest complex and Thungyai-Huay Kha Kaeng forest complex are the only two areas in Thailand designated as Natural World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

• The Bangkok subway line running from Hua Lamphong to Bang Sue currently carries 195,000 passengers per day. It requires 300,000 daily passengers to generate a profit.
(Bangkok Post, January 21 2008)

• An estimated 60,000 iPhones have been smuggled into Thailand selling for around 22,000 baht each compared with 14,000 baht each in the United States.
(Sanchai Thiewprasertkul, AIS)

• AP Honda sold 1.6 million motorcycles in 2007 down 17% from 2006.
(Zenjiro Sakurai, AP Hondo Co)

• Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power.

• The size of Thailand’s labour force is 37.12 million (2007 est.)
(CIA World Factbook)