In Bangkok, Thailand's capital city, modern skyscrapers dwarf traditional Buddhist buildings. Thailand, known as the 'Land of Smiles' because of its friendly people, has been transformed in recent years. What were once small fishing villages, such as Pattaya, are now international tourist resorts. Cities are booming and the economy is bouncing back after the financial crash of 1997. But what is the cost of these trends on the environment and society? Meet the people of Thailand and learn about the diversity of their lives, from a head nurse at Udon Thani hospital to a novice monk in north-west Thailand. This work includes maps and graphic panels showing statistics and fact boxes about size, flag, population, religion, currency and language.
Terry Clayton, a former elementary school teacher from Canada, has lived and worked in Thailand since 1989. Terry works as a teacher, consultant and writer. He lives on a farm in north-east Thailand.