Thailand

Thailand
Thailand
Thailand
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Thailand is known by many people as the ‘land of a thousand smiles’ as the Thai people are so friendly and welcoming. It’s a popular place for people to go on holiday for this reason, as well as the amazing natural beauty of the country.

You’ll find tigers, elephants, cobras, crocodiles, leopards and rhinos in Thailand, as well and many other wonderful creatures!

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Bangkok

Compassion has been working in Thailand since 1970.

Thai

Here are some basics:

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Sabai dee mai krap/kaa? (male/female)
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Sabai dee krap/kaa (male/female)
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Sawat-dee krap/kaa (male/female)

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Spitting cobra

The largest spitting cobra found measures more than 274 centimetres.

Many Thai houses are made of wood and bamboo with posts raising them off the ground.

Living conditions

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67.4 million

More than 35,300 children are now being helped in Thailand.

Thailand has been ruled with a strong military control over years which has led to lots of crime, including selling illegal and dangerous drugs. Crime often grows in poor areas as people are more vulnerable and desperate for the opportunity of a better life.

Many Thai children have also been tricked into working for gangs. There are an estimated 35,000 children living on streets in Thailand, working for various gangs.

Flick through our photo story to see what life is like for children in Thailand.

Thailand is affectionately known by Thais as the ‘land of a thousand smiles’.

The natural beauty of the country, together with the friendliness of its citizens, is what makes Thailand such a popular place to go for tourists all over the world.

There is a lot of crime in certain places, and living there can be dangerous.

It’s thought there are about 35,000 street children and children who live in slums that are often forced into working for gang

Since 1970, Compassion has sought to rescue, protect and care for these children.

Compassion Thailand also runs Child Survival Programmes, working with mothers to help babies who are living in poverty so likely to get sick and malnourished.

Compassion Thailand also runs the Leadership Development Programme, where students who are natural leaders are given a good education and are trained and discipled to become the Christian leaders of the future.

Supanniga Lakpetch is one such student. She was living in a slum community where gangs caused trouble for the people who live there.

Supanniga’s parents wanted to protect her from this and registered her at the local Compassion programme.

There are many more children in Thailand in need of support to avoid the inevitable dangers of poverty.

Pray for children who are vulnerable in Thailand. Ask God to keep them safe and protected.

Pray for children at Compassion projects in Thailand to know how loved they are by God and that they will want to tell others about Him.

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Baht

The baht can be subdivided into 100 satang

Compassion has 216 projects in Thailand.

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Why not write to them and mention some of the facts you’ve found here. Ask them questions about what it’s like to live in Thailand.

Thai food includes rice, beef, chicken, eggs, vegetables, fruit and fish. This hot and sour soup is popular and each region of Thailand has its own variation. This recipe makes four servings. Try making this delicious soup:

Recipe: Hot and sour shrimp soup

Hot and sour shrimp soup Ingredients (adult help needed)
  • 250g of shrimps or prawns, shelled and deveined, with shells reserved
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 lime leaves
  • 3 thin slices of fresh or dried galangal
  • ¼ cup of fish sauce
  • 2 stalks of lemon grass cut into 2cm strips
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • ½ cup of sliced mushrooms
  • 5 green Thai chilli peppers (optional)
  • ¼ cup of lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of black chilli paste
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped coriander leaves
  1. Rinse the shrimp or prawn shells and place them in a large pot with the water.
  2. Heat to boiling, strain the broth and throw away the shells.
  3. Add the garlic, lime leaves, galangal, fish sauce, lemon grass and shallots to the stock, then the mushrooms and chilli peppers. Cook gently for two minutes.
  4. Add the shrimps or prawns to the soup and boil.
  5. When the shrimps or prawns are cooked, place the lime juice and black chilli paste in a serving bowl. Pour the soup into the bowl, stir, garnish with the coriander leaves and serve.

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The Kingdom of Thailand was known as Siam until 1939. This is where the Siamese cat originally came from!

What did the cobra give to his wife?

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A goodnight hiss!

Information sources: The CIA World Fact Book 2011, Compassion International, Human Development Report, BBC, Wikipedia, National Geographic