The Kingdom of Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, making it a natural gateway to Indochina, Myanmar and Southern China. Its shape and geography divide into four natural regions: the mountains and forests of the North; the vast rice fields of the Central Plains; the semi-arid farmlands of Northeast plateau; and the tropical islands and long coastline of peninsular South.
The country comprises 76 provinces that are further divided into districts, sub-districts and villages. Bangkok is the capital city and centre of political, commercials, industrial and cultural activities. It is also the seat of Thailand's severed Royal Family, with His Majesty the King recognized as Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, Upholder of Buddhist religion and Upholder of all religions.
Thailand is a constitutional monarchy with His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej, or King Rama IX, the ninth king of the Chakri Dynasty, the present king. The King has reigned for more than half a century, making him the longest reigning Thai monarch. Thailand embraces a rich diversity of cultures and traditions. With its proud history, tropical climate and renowned hospitality, the Kingdom and pleasure for international visitors.