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Land Area 510,890 km2
Water Area 2,230 km2
Total Area 513,120km2 (#50)
Population 68,200,824 (#20)
Population Density 133.49/km2
Government Type Constitutional Monarchy; Note - Interim Military-affiliated Government Since May 2014
GDP (PPP) $1,160.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $16,800
Currency Baht (THB)
Largest Cities
1900s continued
  • (1976) Military retook control of government
  • (1978) New constitution adopted
  • (1980) General Prem Tinsulanonda took control
  • (1988) General Chatichai Choonhaven replaced Prem after elections
  • (1991) Anand Panyarachun, a civilian, was installed as prime minister following military coup
  • (1992) Anand was replaced by General Suchinda Kraprayoon in elections
  • (1992) Suchinda Kraprayoon forced to resign following demonstrations against him
  • (1992) New elections held and Chuan Leekpai, Democratic Party leader, elected prime minister
  • (1995) Government collapsed
  • (1995) Thai Nation party Banharn Silpa-archa elected prime minister
  • (1996) Following accusations of corruption, Barnharn's government resigned
  • (1996) Chavalit Yongchaiyudy of New Aspiration party won elections
  • (1997) In Asian financial crisis, the baht fell sharply, causing bankruptcies and unemployment
  • (1997) Chuan Leekai became prime minister
  • (1998) Tens of thousands of migrant workers sent back to their home countries
  • (1999) Economy began to improve
  • (2001) New Thai Rak Thai (Thai Love Thai) party won elections
  • (2001) New coalition government formed by Thai Rak Thai leader Thaksin Shinawartr
  • (2001) Burma-Thailand border closed after clashes between two countries' troops; reopened following visit by Thaksin
  • (2002) Thai army fired shells into Burma during battle between Burmese army and Shan rebels; Burma closed border
  • (2002) Burma reopened border
  • (2003) Thailand sealed borders with Cambodia after rioters looted, torched embassy in Phnom Penh; sent military planes, evacuated more than 500 nationals
  • (2003) Crackdown on drugs began, more than 2,000 suspects killed
  • (2004) More than 100 Muslims killed in south by Islamic militants, martial law imposed
  • (2004) Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra replaced finance, interior and defense ministers following Muslim insurgency, volatile stock market, outcry over privatization plan
  • (2004) 85 Muslim protesters died while in army custody following violent rally in south
  • (2004) Thousands killed when massive tsunami, triggered by undersea earthquake off coast of Indonesia, devastated communities on southwest coast and resort of Phuket
  • (2005) Thaksin Shinawatra reelected prime minister for second term
  • (2005) More than 60 insurgents in Yala destroyed electrical transformers, roamed streets with fire bombs, explosives, guns; five bombs set off, gunfire exchanged with security personnel, one police officer killed, 19 people wounded
  • (2005) Emergency decree signed into law granting Prime Minister Shinawatra power to tap phones, command security forces, order curfews
  • (2005) Outbreaks of bird flu occurred
  • (2005) Team of eight elephants created largest painting made by mammals
  • (2006) Thousands of people gathered near Thai parliament demanding Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra step down due to alleged corruption
  • (2006) Skydivers from 31 countries set new world record of 400 people holding hands in midair free-fall formation
  • (2006) Following continuing calls for resignation, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra agreed to hold national referendum on amending constitution
  • (2006) Parliament dissolved by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, forced national elections three years early
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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