Over six million foreigners fly into Thailand each
year. It has become Asia's primary holiday destination and is
well located, serviced and popular as a first stop on any overland
journey through Southeast Asia.
Tourist money has played a significant part in the country's recent
development. Yet amazingly Thailand's cultural integrity remains
In this country of fifty-three million people, over 90% are practicing
King Bhumibol is a revered figure across his nation. Temple rooftops
and saffron-robed monks dominate the entire country.
Though some cities and beach resorts are have been westernized
by high-rises and neon lights, the typical Thai community is the
traditional farming illager. Still true to this day, ninety ercent
of Thais still earn their living from the land.