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Location  Southeast Asia
Capital  Bangkok
Area  513,120 sq km
Population  68,615,858
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January

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  • Thailand became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an organization commenced to deal with the rules of trade between nations, on 1 January 1995.[1]

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  • Pope Francis named Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij of Thailand as a cardinal among a new batch of cardinals selected by Pope on 4 January 2015.[2]

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  • Thailand and Japan have agreed to increase cooperation under the existing framework of Japan-Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement (JTEPA) on the basis of mutual interest. The agreement was reached during discussions between the Prime Ministers of both the countries on 17 January 2013.

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  • Thai researchers and their international colleagues have identified a series of mutations which make the malaria parasite resistant to an effective antimalarial drug, artemisinin. The results, published in Nature Genetics on 19 January 2015, could help to improve early detection of emerging artemisinin resistance.[3]

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  • Patiparn Boontarig of Thailand won the second prize at the 2016 Youth Video Contest organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The aim of the contest was to explore water challenges in growing food.[4]

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  • Thai veteran golfer Prayad Marksaeng won his 10th Asian Tour title at the SMBC Singapore Open on 22 January 2017. Prayad shot a 4-under 67 in the final round to win the title by one shot.[5]

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  • Thailand’s Dhanat Satta-awalo on 30 January 2017 was named as one of the winners at the Google's annual coding competition Google Code-in (GCI).[6]

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  • Thailand and France signed five accords and memorandums of understanding during the official visit of French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to Thailand on 4-5 February 2013. The five agreements cover cooperation in defense, production of four vaccines, research and development in agronomics, vocational curriculum development, and education.[7]

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  • Thailand and twelve other countries which are home to the world's dwindling population of wild tigers on 6 February 2015 agreed to establish an intelligence-sharing network to fight traffickers.[8]

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  • Thailand's National Legislative Assembly has passed a law banning foreigners from paying Thai women to be surrogates, as announced on 20 February 2015.

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  • Thailand became the proud host of the 16th Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, hosted in Bangkok on 3-14 March 2013. About 2,000 delegates from 178 member nations gathered in Thailand to work out a mechanism to restrict trade in wildlife and save endangered animals, including sharks, manta rays, polar bears, elephants and rhinos.[9]

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  • Thailand won the Most Popular Tourist Destination in Asia title, awarded by the German travel industry group Go Asia, on 5 March 2014.[10]

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  • "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" is a Thai film won the award for Best Film at the 5th annual Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong on March 21, 2011.

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  • Thailand is one of the 11 South Asian countries declared polio-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 27 March 2014. The region has been maintaining its polio-free status for the last 3 years.[11]

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  • Critically endangered Indochinese tiger is breeding in a national park in eastern Thailand, giving hope for the survival of an animal whose total population may be less than 300, according to an official study published on 28 March 2017.[12]

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  • Rodjaraeg Wattanapanit of Thailand, the co-owner of a bookstore, Book Re:public, and co-founder of Creating Awareness for Enhanced Democracy (CAFÉ Democracy), an association dedicated to creating political awareness, empowering citizens, and promoting the free exchange of ideas, was awarded the 2016 International Women of Courage Award at a ceremony on 29 March 2016 by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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  • Gaggan in Thailand was named as the World’s Seventh Best Restaurant for 2017.[13]

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  • Mr. Preecha Siri from Thailand was honored with the United Nations Forest Heroes Award on 10 April 2013 for his help in guiding the local community into a model ecosystem management village by successfully integrating wet terrace fields, rotational farming, beekeeping, native tea and bamboo farming along with forest conservation.[14]

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  • Researchers from Thailand, Austria and Brunei have discovered a new species of ant, dubbed Colobopsis explodens, in the rainforests of Borneo and their findings were published on 19 April 2018 in the journal ZooKeys.[15]

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  • Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) of Thailand won the 2016 WSIS Prize for their program titled Smart Online SMEs (S.O.S.). The program was established to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor in Thailand operated by Thaitrade.com.[16]

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  • Golfer Ariya Jutanugarn became the first Thai player to win on the LPGA Tour with her victory at the 2016 Yokohama Tire Classic.[17]

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  • Chiranuch Premchaiporn, a female journalist from Thailand, won the 2011 Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) for her courageous journalism amidst repeated arrest for anti-government comments posted on her website. IWMF officially announced the award on May 10, 2011.[18]

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  • In a study published on 15 May 2013 by American and Thai researchers, it is revealed that they have managed to use cloning technology to make human embryos and grow stem cells from them, marking a significant step that could lead to new treatments, such as, making new heart muscle, bone, brain tissue or any other type of cell in the body.[19]

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  • Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. It is the highest award at the Cannes Film Festival.

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  • Porntip Nakhirunkanok of Thailand was crowned the Miss Universe title in 1988 at the age of 19. Porntip was the second woman from Thailand to win the title.

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  • Thai and German scientists have identified two new dinosaur species, named Phuwiangvenator yaemniyomi and Vayuraptor nongbualamphuensis, as revealed in the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica on 28 May 2019.[20]

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  • Bangkok topped the list of world's most visited cities in terms of inbound international visitors, the first Asian city to do so, according to the 2013 Global Destination Cities Index published by MasterCard.[21]

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June

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  • Thai restaurant Gaggan ranked tenth best in the World's 50 Best Restaurant awards in London on 1 June 2015.[22]

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  • Thai Professor Anchali Krisanachinda received the prestigious 2018 Harold Johns Medal in Prague, bestowed by the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) based in the United Kingdom.[23]

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  • Thailand became the first country in Asia and the Pacific region to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, as announced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 7 June 2016.[24]
  • Thailand women's football team made its debut to the FIFA Women's World Cup on 7 June 2015 in Canada. Despite their valiant effort Thailand lost the match 4-0 against Norway.

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  • Thailand and other thirty-seven countries met internationally-set hunger eradication targets set for 2015 to halve the percentage of hungry people well ahead of time, the United Nations food agency revealed on 12 June 2013.[25]

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  • A Thai project titled Social Network For Health Promoting Hospital won an award at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2017 in the e-employment category.[26]

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  • Thailand was elected as a member of the prestigious Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations for the term 2020-2022 from the Asia-Pacific region on 14 June 2019.

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  • Thai Airways won the World’s Best Economy Class award at the SKYTRAX 2017 World Airline Awards.[27]

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  • A total of 81 varieties of Thai rice seed have been deposited in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway on 4 July 2013. The seed vault is an attempt to provide insurance against the loss of seeds in genebanks, as well as a refuge for seeds in the case of large-scale regional or global crises.[28]

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  • Thailand's Atthaya Thitikul became the youngest-ever golf champion at the age of 14 by winning the 2017 Ladies European Thailand Championship.

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  • A team of international scientists, including researchers from Thailand, has developed the world's first vaccine against dengue fever seen to provide moderate protection in large-scale trials. Their study was published in the Lancet journal on 11 July 2014.[29]
  • Two Thai student teams MYRA and Clever Mind won third-place honors in Innovation and Windows 8 Apps Challenge categories respectively at the international Microsoft Imagine Cup 2013 Finals in Russia.

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  • Thai students won four silver medals and two bronzes in the prestigious 2014 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in Cape Town, South Africa.[30]

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  • Bangkok Airways of Thailand received the World's Best Regional Airlines award at the prestigious 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards.[31]

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  • His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand invented the Chaipattana Aerator which is a paddle-wheel machine in the form of a floating buoy that helps add oxygen to water. It was awarded the first prize by the National Research Council of Thailand on July 22, 1993. Also His Majesty became the world’s first reigning monarch to be granted a patent, for an aerator, model RX-2, used to add oxygen to ponds.

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  • Apasra Hongsakula from Thailand won the annual Miss Universe pageant on July 24, 1965 at the age of 18. She was the first woman from Thailand to win the Miss Universe title.

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  • Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn fired a 5-under-par 66 on 29 July 2018 to win the Ladies Scottish Open by one shot over Australia’s Minjee Lee.
  • Team PH21 of Thailand took the top spot at the 2016 Microsoft Imagine Cup World Championship in Games category for its project Timelie, a stealth puzzle game.[32]

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  • Golfer Ariya Jutanugarn became Thailand's first major champion after winning the 2016 British Open by three shots.


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  • Yingluck Shinawatra became the first female Prime Minister of Thailand on 5 August 2011 following the 2011 general election in July.

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  • Sopita Tanasan of Thailand won the Women's 48kg Weightlifting gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

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  • Sukanya Srisurat of Thailand won the Women's 58kg Weightlifting gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

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  • Thailand's Rattanaphon Pakkaratha won gold in the women's 53 kg weightlifting, lifting a total of 190 kg, at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics.

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  • Thailand won the Women Team Poomsae gold at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia on 19 August 2018.

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  • Thailand’s Panipak Wongpattanakit won gold in women’s 49-kilogram Taekwondo at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia on 23 August 2018.

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  • Thai cyclist Jai Angsuthasawit won a gold medal in the men’s cycling keirin at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia on 31 August 2018.


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  • Supachai Panitchpakdi, a politician from Thailand, served as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Panitchpakdi became Director-General of the World Trade Organization on 1 September 2002. He was the fourth Director-General of WTO which commenced to deal with the rules of trade between nations at a global or near-global level.[33]

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  • Rungroj Thainiyom of Thailand won gold medal in the Men's Singles Table Tennis - Class 6 at the London Paralympics on 2 September 2012 beating Alvaro Valera of Spain 3-0 in the final.[34]

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  • Thai scientists have unearthed two new types of truffle, named tuber thailanddicum and tuber thailanddicum, in Thailand's far north, as announced on 7 September 2017 in what they called the discovery a first for Southeast Asia.

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  • A new Creative Productivity Index developed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Thailand as the thirteenth most efficient country in the Asia and Pacific region at turning creative inputs into tangible innovation, as revealed on 12 September 2014.[35]

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  • Jutatip Maneephan of Thailand won gold in the women's bicycle road race at the 2014 Asian Games.

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  • Amanda Mildred Carr of Thailand won gold in the women's BMX bicycle race at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

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  • Thailand banned smoking on 20 popular tourist beaches, reported by the country's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) on 10 October 2017.

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  • Social worker and teacher Somporn Khempetch of Thailand was included in the BBC global list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017.

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  • Sutatip Maijan, a young artist from Thailand, was presented with the United Nations Art for Peace award on 23 October 2012.[36]

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  • Thailand was elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 27 October 2014 for four years from the East Asia & Australasia region. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

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  • Thailand ranked 19th in the 2015 Charities Aid Foundation's World Giving Index which measures each country's charitable behavior.[37]

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  • Thailand’s interim parliament has voted to ban commercial surrogacy, the practice of hiring a woman to carry a fetus to term, as announced on 28 November 2014. The ban came after outrage erupted over the largely unregulated industry following allegations an Australian couple abandoned a baby with Down's syndrome.

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  • African and Asian states, including Thailand, reached a deal in Botswana on 3 December 2013 to crack down on the illegal ivory trade. The agreement was reached at the African Elephant Summit convened by the government of Botswana and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).[38]

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  • Phuket of Thailand was declared as the member of the 2015 UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the Gastronomy category.[39]

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  • The Thai men and women national volleyball team won gold medals at the 27th Southeast Asian Games on 21 December 2013, with the men beating Indonesia 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-21) and the women handling Vietnam 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-17).[40]

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  • Thailand and Bangladesh signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs), to foster regular meetings at the level of foreign secretaries and to increase cooperation in the field of agriculture, on 22 December 2012 to strengthen their bilateral relationship.

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  • Thai women’s football team ended 2016 as the sixth highest ranked Asian national team according to the December FIFA listing released on 23 December 2016.[41]

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  • Thailand and Cambodia announced the implementation of the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) single visa, effective on 27 December 2012, in order to facilitate cross-border trade, connectivity and tourism.

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