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The Kingdom o Thailand is an independent country nestledin the heart o Southeast Asia, bordered to the north byLao PDR (Laos) and Myanmar (Burma), east by Lao PDR andCambodia, south by the Gul o Thailand and Malaysia,and west by the Andaman Sea and Myanmar. Bangkokis Thailand’s capital and biggest city, and also its political,commercial, industrial, and cultural center. Bangkok andits environs have a population o more than 10.1 million.Thailand is the world’s tieth largest country, with a landmass o around 200,000 square miles (nearly 518,000square kilometers), and is the world’s twentieth largestcountry in terms o population. The local climate is tropical,with predictable monsoon seasons: a warm southwestmonsoon rom mid-May to September, and a coolernortheast monsoon rom November to February. Thailand’ssouthern isthmus is nearly always hot and humid. Tourism is one o Thailand’s largest industries; nearly15 million visited the kingdom in 2008. Thailand oersa great variety o attractions, including temples, WorldHeritage sites, archaeological sites, cultural museums,exceptional fora and bird lie, hill tribes, marine parks anddiving destinations, sandy beaches, hundreds o tropicalislands, and varied nightlie. The Andaman Sea is considered one o Thailand’s mostprecious natural resources, as it is Asia’s most popularand luxurious resort area. Phuket, Krabi, Ranong, PhangNga, Trang, and other lush islands all lie along the coasto the Andaman Sea. Despite the 2004 tsunami, thesedestinations continue to welcome tourists rom all overAsia and the world.