There have been lots of new leaders around the globe. Thailand also has a new prime minister. However, there were no elections held in the country. A Thai court forced the country’s prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down. She was found guilty of abusing her power. An interim prime minister has taken over until elections are held later this year.
Thailand is referred to as the “Land of Smiles”. The Thai people have smiles for all sorts of emotions – “yim sao” (the sad smile), “feun yim” (the stiff smile), “yim yor” (the mocking smile), and many others! Thailand’s official language is Thai, and its capital city is Bangkok. Bangkok’s full Thai name is rather long: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. It translates as “City of Angels, Great City of Immortals, Magnificent City of the Nine Gems, Seat of the King, City of Royal Palaces, Home of the Gods Incarnate, Erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s Behest”. Phew!
Sources: BBC, http://www.thai-language.com/, http://americanexpatchiangmai.com/, http://www.thetraveltart.com/, http://www.thailandtoday.in.th/culture-and-society/faq