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Bangkok

(Encyclopedia) Bangkok bng´kk, Thai Krung Thep, city (1990 pop. 8,538,610), capital of Thailand and of Bangkok prov., SW Thailand, on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River, near the Gulf of…

Thon Buri

(Encyclopedia) Thon Buri tn boor´, district of metropolitan Bangkok, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, Thailand. It is a center of rice milling, sawmilling, and light manufacturing…

Nakhon Pathom

(Encyclopedia) Nakhon Pathom nä´kôn pätm´, city (1990 pop. 44,999), capital of Nakhon Pathom prov., SW Thailand, on the Mekong River. It is a transportation and commercial center on the Bangkok-…

Samak Sundaravej

(Encyclopedia) Samak Sundaravej sä´mäk soontärw´, 1935–2009, Thai political leader, prime minister of Thailand (2008), b. Bangkok. He earned a law degree from Thammasat Univ., Bangkok, then worked…

Thailand, Gulf of

(Encyclopedia) Thailand, Gulf of, or Gulf of Siam, shallow arm of the South China Sea, c.500 mi (800 km) long and up to 350 mi (560 km) wide, separating the Malay Peninsula from E Thailand, Cambodia…

Nakhon Ratchasima

(Encyclopedia) Nakhon Ratchasima nä´kôn rächä´smä or Koratkrät´, city (1990 pop. 204,121), capital of Nakhon Ratchasima prov., S central Thailand, on the Mun River. Strategically located near the…

Schomburgk, Sir Robert Hermann

(Encyclopedia) Schomburgk, Sir Robert Hermann shm´brk, 1804–65, English traveler and explorer, b. Germany. Under the direction of the Royal Geographical Society he went on a trip of botanical and…

Chao Phraya

(Encyclopedia) Chao Phraya chou präyä´, Mae Nam Chao Phraya, or Menam Chao Phrayaboth: mnäm´, chief river of Thailand, c.140 mi (230 km) long, formed by the confluence of the Ping (c.300 mi/480 km…

Ayutthaya

(Encyclopedia) Ayutthaya äyoot´, or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthayaprä näkôn´ s, city (1990 pop. 61,185), capital of Ayutthaya prov., S central Thailand, on the Chao Phraya River. It is the trade center…

Vientiane

(Encyclopedia) Vientiane vntyn´, vyNtyän´, city (1990 est. pop. 140,000), administrative capital and largest city of Laos, N central Laos, on the Mekong River, c.130 mi (210 km) southeast of the…