POETSPhra Sunthorn Vohara, known as Sunthorn Phu, (26 June1786–1855) is Thailand’s best-knownroyal poet. He was active in the Rattanakosin era.Phus career as a royal poet began in the reign of KingRama II, and when the king died, he resigned from therole and became a monk. Twenty years later, in the reignof King Rama III, he returned to court as a royalscribe, where he remained for the rest of his life. Phu was especially renowned for composing verse, and his conventions in epic poetry are popular in Thailand to the present day. His canonical works include Nirat Phukaothong (a collection of poems depicting his journey to the Golden Mountain), Nirat Suphan (depicting his journey to Suphanburi Province), and the Phra Aphai Mani saga
POET Sunthorn Phu was born in the reign of King Rama I, on June 26 1786. His familys house was located behind the royal palace, near the location of present day Bangkok Noi train station. His father was from Klaeng District in Rayong province. He became famous for writing a poem about his journey it was called “Nirat Muang Grang”
NOVELIST Mischa Berlinski was born on 1973. Berlinski is a UC Berkeley graduate, and previously worked as a journalist in Thailand. His first novel, Fieldwork, is widely popular and has even been chosen as a book to read in school- primarily for the AP High School students such as those in IASAS schools
NOVELIST Fa Poon voralak is a novelist he was born may 16, 1953 Bangkok , Thailand. His first book of poetry was published in 1977 , He also made a website called Thaicanto.com there it showed writing of short poems, and many more stuff people will like. He wrote 10 books. He also featured in films
ECONOMY The economy of Thailand is a newly industrialized economy. It is a heavily export-dependent economy, with exports accounting for more than two thirds of gross domestic product (GDP). Recently, Thailand experienced GDP growth by 7.8% in 2010 making it one of the fastest growing economies in Asia and the fastest growing economy in South East Asia. The country has a GDP of 9.5 trillion Baht, or US$584 billion (PPP) making it the 24th largest economy in the world. This classifies Thailand as the second largest economy in Southeast Asia after Indonesia. Despite this, Thailand ranks midway in the wealth spread in Southeast Asia as it is the 4th richest nation by GDP per capita, after Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia. Thailands nominal economic output as of June 2010 is $313.8 billion USD, while holding some $172 billion in foreign exchange assets which ranks 11th in world. Thailand has strong automobile industry which grew by 63% in 2010 with 1.6 million cars produced ranking it as 13th in the motor vehicle producing countries in the world. Experts predict that by the year 2015 Thailand will be one of the top 10 motor vehicle producing countries in the world. Thailands economy functions as an anchor economy for the neighboring developing economies of Laos, Burma, and Cambodia. Thailands recovery from the 1997–1998 Asian financial crisis depended mainly on exports, among various other factors. Thailand ranks high among the worlds automotive export industries along with manufacturing of electronic goods. Tourism revenues are on the rise and contributing to about 6% of GDP. The GDP growth of Thailand was 8.0% in 2010, higher than previous highs of 5-7% under the previous civilian administration. In 2011, Thai economy merely expanded by 0.1 percent, mainly due to severe flood which significantly damaged the industrial production, consumption, investment, export and tourism sector while agriculture production slightly expanded. Thailand enjoys high foreign investment and consumer confidence. Unemployment is at 1.2% as year 2010, with estimations of falling to 1% by the year 2012 therefore Thailand has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world. Decades of economic growth reduced poverty in Thailand. Thailand enjoys one of the lowest poverty rates in Asia. In 2010, Thailand, along with Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia were the only countries in Asia with less than 2% of the countrys total population living under $1.25 per day. The official Thai inflation rate excludes prices of both food and fuel in its calculation, meaning actual inflation is likely much higher than officially reported inflation. Food and fuel prices rapidly increased in 2010 and 2011. 1 USD = 31.4750 BAHTS
ECONOMY The economy of Thailand is a newly industrialized economy. Also with exports accounting for more than two thirds of gross domestic product. They experienced (GDP) growth by 7.8% in 2010 making it one of the fastest growing economies. They are the 24th largest economy in the world.
LANGUAGES Thai ( ː Phasa Thai [pʰāːsǎ tʰāj] ( listen)), more precisely Central Thai or Siamese, is the national and official language of Thailand and the native language of the Thai people, Thailands dominant ethnic group. Thai is a member of the Tai group of the Tai–Kadai language family. Some words in Thai are borrowed from Pali, Sanskrit and Old Khmer. It is a tonal and analytic language. Thai also has a complex orthography and relational markers. Thai is mutually intelligible with Lao
LANGUAGEThai language uses long & short tones, high tones &low tones to describe a word, a word such as "ma" hasmany meanings, depending on the tone its spokenwith. For example: "kao" can mean:nine, knee, rice, come in, news, etc... depending onthe tone used.Hello = Sawa dee You look beautiful = khun sway makThank you (man says) = Kob Khun KrapThank you (woman says) = Kob Khun KaHow are you? = Khun sabai di mai? Youre welcome = Yin dee krap / ka Wait = Roh sakru
BIRDTHONGCHAI (POP ARTIST) Thongchai McIntyre or "Bird Thongchai" is best known for his string (Thai pop) and luk thung music. He has also acted in numerous films, on television, musicals, and in commercials. Thongchai McIntyre was born in Bangkok in 1958 to parents James and Udom McIntyre. His family were musicians, hence he enjoyed an upbringing in a musical environment. His father died when Bird was still a child. He started working in a bank as an officer. While working in a bank, he had a chance to meet the famous Thai TV producer "Kai Varayuth" who saw entertainment talent in Bird. Bird played his first TV series with Kai while still working in a bank. This role revealed his talent. His most memorable role was that of Captain Kobori from Koo Kam, a tragic love story between a Japanese soldier (played by Bird) and a local Thai girl during the World War II where he starred in both a TV series and reprised his role in the 1996 film adaptation, Sunset at Chaophraya. He reached the height of his musical career in the early nineties. Among his best-known songs are Duay Rak Lae Pook Pan, Koo Gud, Sabai Sabai and Kob Jai Jing Jing. His popular singles released recently include luk thung singles Mah Tummai (with Jintara Poonlarp), Fan Ja (with Jintara and Jarin B. (Joey Boy), Nat Myria Benedetti and Katreeya English), Lao Su Kan Fang, and Yak Tham Kor Tob and Mai Kang Ying Pae from his album "Volume One". Westerners became aware of him in the mid nineties as he became the first Thai artist to receive an International MTV Award, be featured in the most high budget Thai film at the time, "Sunset at Chaopraya"(which reached international acclaim in Japan as well as the U.S.). He was featured on CNN and Variety magazine. An award winning documentary on his life entitled "Crossing Borders" directed by Phanjanit Garnploog can be seen at St. Johns University in New York which includes rare interviews with the director. In 2010, Bird made his first international tour in Los Angeles and the 50th Anniversary of Lincoln Center in New York. It marks the first time in history a Thai pop artist has made an international tour. His Grammy label mates have previously only performed at local venues. In late 2007, he released another album entitled "Simply Bird", which features songs such as Chuay Rap Tee and Mee Tae Kid Tueng ARTIST
ARTIST Vasan Sitthiket was born in 1957 in Nakhorn Sawan and studied at the College of Fine Art in Bangkok. Some of his paintings are related to nature or to erotic motifs. However, most works address problems within contemporary Thai and international societies, such as the exploitation of the poor by the rich as well as the corruption among politicians and bureaucrats. He uses several media to express his opinions on these subjects. Paintings, drawings, woodcut prints, installations and performances are some of the media used to put his ideas into practice.
ARCHITECTUREThe architecture of Thailand is a majorpart of the countrys rich cultural legacyand reflects both the challenges of living inThailands sometimes extreme climate aswell as, historically, the importance ofarchitecture to the Thai peoples sense ofcommunity and religious beliefs. Influencedby the architectural traditions of many ofThailands neighbors, it has also developedsignificant regional variation within itsvernacular and religious buildings.
ARCHITECTURE Wat has seen many changes in Thailand in the course of history. Although there are many differences in lay-out and style, they all adhere to the same principals. The buildings are often adorned with elements such as chofahs.
LITERATURE Thai literature was traditionally heavily influenced by Indian culture. Thailands national epic is a version of the Ramayana called the Ramakien. A number of versions of the epic were lost in the destruction of Ayutthaya in 1767. Three versions currently exist: one of these was prepared under the supervision (and partly written by) King Rama I. His son, Rama II, rewrote some parts for khon drama. The main differences from the original are an extended role for the monkey god Hanuman and the addition of a happy ending. The most important poet in Thai literature was Sunthorn Phu, who is best known for his romantic adventure story Phra Aphai Mani and nine travel pieces called Nirats. Kings Rama V and Rama VI were also writers, mainly of non-fiction works as part of their programme to combine Western knowledge with traditional Thai culture. 20th century Thai writers have tended to produce light fiction rather than literature for a burgeoning literature market. But increasingly, individual writers are being recognized for producing more serious works, including writers like Kukrit Pramoj, Kulap Saipradit, (penname Siburapha), Botan, and others. Some of the their works have been translated into English. The Isan region of Thailand has produced two notably sociocritical writers in Khamsing Srinawk and Pira Sudham. Notably, Pira Sudham writes in English. Thailand has had a wealth of expatriate writers in the 20th century as well. The Bangkok Writers Group is currently publishing fiction by Indian author G.Y. Gopinath, the fabulist A.D. Thompson, as well as non-fiction by Gary Dale Cearley.