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  • Thailand has been known as ‘Siam’ for different points throughout history. Up until 1939, and between 1945 and 1949, the nation took this name.
  • The official name of Thailand’s capital city Bangkok is ‘Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.’
  • Rice is one of Thailand’s largest exports, and the nation is the world’s biggest exporter of it.

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Employment Information

Some of Thailand’s biggest industries include tourism, agriculture, exports, electronics, and manufacturing. These industries, alongside other emerging sectors, are instrumental in Thailand retaining its position as the eighth largest economy in Asia.

Payroll compliance regulations are in place for employers operating in Thailand, these include monthly withholding obligations and mandatory benefits for local and foreign employees.

Generally, salaries are paid on the last working day of each month.

Social Security

Thailand’s Social Security provides protection for employees in the event of any inability to complete work. The Social Security ensures that employees in Thailand are protected from loss of income due to sickness or disability.

The Social Security also covers child support, maternity, retirement, and unemployment benefits.

Working Hours

Thailand’s standard working hours are 40 hours per week, usually in the form of 8 hours a day for 5 days per week. These hours may vary depending on an individual’s specific employment contract or the industry sector that they are operating in.

Leaves and Public Holidays

Employees in Thailand are entitled to a minimum of six days of annual leave following one year of completed continuous service. In general, most employers in Thailand offer more than the minimum annual leave requirement.

Thailand also observes a range of public holidays in which employees are not required to work. These public holidays include:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Māgha Pūjā
  • Chakri Memorial Day
  • Songkran
  • Labour Day
  • Coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn
  • Coronation Day
  • Royal Ploughing Ceremony
  • Vesak
  • M Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana’s Birthday
  • Asalha Puja
  • Beginning of Vassa
  • M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua’s Birthday
  • M. Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother’s Birthday
  • M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great Memorial Day
  • Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
  • Father’s Day
  • M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great’s Birthday
  • Constitution Day
  • New Year’s Eve

Cultural Information

Thailand’s culture combines a unique blend of monarchist and Buddhist customs, with contemporary practices and values. Politeness and building relationships are key elements of Thai business culture, and it is customary to have small talk and establish rapport before talking business.

Thailand is home to a population of around 70 million people, and the primary spoken language is Thai. Thai language has a variety of dialects including Central Thai, Isaan, Southern Thai, and Northern Thai, each spoken in different parts of the country respectively.

Buddhism is the prevalent religion of Thailand, with estimates placing around 95% of the population into this group.

Impacts from COVID-19

Thailand experienced major impacts to its economy and public health because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With tourism being a crucial industry for the Thai economy, the stopping of global travel had a significant impact on the country.

The Government of Thailand implemented a range of measures to slow down the spread of the virus. As of 2022 the nation’s GDP is expected to begin rebounding.


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