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His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)Thailand is a Constitutional (Democratic) Monarchy.

The most recent head of state was His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) who has reigned since 1946. His Queen was Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

Born: December 5, 1927, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Died: October 13, 2016, Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
Spouse: Sirikit (m. 1950–2016)

Children: Sirindhorn, Vajiralongkorn, Chulabhorn Walailak, Ubolratana Rajakanya

HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is the heir apparent to the throne of Thailand. Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, "The Royal Son and Crown Prince of Siam" (July 28, 1952 - ) is the only son of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, and Queen Sirikit.

The country is divided into 76 provinces, each sub-divided into Amphoe (districts) and Tambon (sub-districts).

The Royal Family: Thailand's royal family are held in high esteem by all Thais. The Royal Family are patrons of many public related projects. Foreign visitors are advised not to make any 'royal' jokes even about their own monarch if they have one as this will be frowned upon!

Thailand is a Buddhist countryReligion: Thailand is a Buddhist country, 94.2% of the population. All Buddha images, temples, shrines, monks, novices are held sacred. Any sacrilegious acts are punishable by almost certain imprisonment even those committed by international visitors. Other religions are permitted and respected.

Electricity: The norm is 220 volts AC at 50 cycles - most European electrical equipment will work satisfactorily. A two prong (unearthed) system is common. Most universal travel adapters will fit the sockets. But dont wory if you forgot your thailand travel adapters, you can purchase two pin plugs for about 10 Bht.

Water: The mains water where available is not recommended as drinking water even when boiled there may be residual salts or undesirable chemical elements remaining. Bottled drinking water is available everywhere. Hotels generally leave complimentary drinking water in the bathroom or mini bar - for teeth cleaning!

Time: Local Time is +7 hours GMT and business hours are generally 0830 to 1700 Monday to Friday with banking hours 0830 to 1530 Monday to Friday.





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