Thailand map

  • 58%

    of ASEAN car production happens here.

  • 11

    the number of military coups since 1932.

  • 27 mln

    tourists visited Thailand in 2013.

A middle-income country with well-developed infrastructure, high manufacturing output and attractions that make it one of Asia’s top tourist destinations, Thailand’s major challenges include recurring political crises and environmental problems like persistent annual flooding in the center and haze issues in the north.
Quick Facts

  • Population: 66.8 million
  • GDP: $366 billion
  • GDP growth: 3.1%

Pros / Cons

  • + Favorable geostrategic position
  • + Diversified exports
  • + High-quality infrastructure
  • – Recurring political conflicts
  • – Wealth concentrated in Bangkok
  • – Annual flooding and haze issues
Top Exports

  • Machinery and equipment
  • Electrical and electronic equipment
  • Vehicles other than rail and tram
  • Rubber and rubber products
  • Mineral fuels and oils
  • Plastics and plastic products



EU and ASEAN to resume negotiations on a bilateral FTA

March 22nd, 2017 by bdg-asia

Ten years ago, the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) started the talks for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two sides. However, two years later, the talks were discontinued as the EU instead …

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Pessimistic view of Thai people on the country’s economic conditions

March 10th, 2017 by bdg-asia

Most Thailand citizen believe that the country’s economy has not improved or only improved slightly in 2016 as compared to the year before. This is the result of an option poll conducted by the Thailand National Institute of Development Administration …


ASEAN celebrates 50th anniversary

March 3rd, 2017 by bdg-asia

As a kick-off for the 50th anniversary of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), the organizations´ Foreign Ministers´ Retreat has been held on Boracay Island in the Philippines.Since its foundation in 1967, ASEAN´s scope has developed way beyond the initial …


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