Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It is bordered to the north by Myanmar andLaos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Myanmar. It's known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canal side communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Nearby beach resorts include bustling Pattaya and fashionable Hua Hin.
With a high level ofHuman Development, Thailand is classified as anewly Industraolozed economy that is heavily dependent on exports, particularly machinery, electronics, foodstuffs, and automobile parts. Manufacturing, agriculture, andTourismare leading sectors of the economy. Its Economyis the second-largest in Southeast Asia and the 20th largest the world bygross domestic product(GDP) .