Thailand population used to be
homogenous until the country became too popular that
tourists and overseas workers started migrating and
settling down in the beautiful country.
That seems a long time ago. Over the
years, a lot of travelers and expats working in
Thailand fell in love with the place and made it
their second home.
Some even fell in love with Thai
women, married them and started a home and a family
in this charming country.
So it’s not surprising that now,
Thailand population has become so diverse. But
still, majority of the people are local Thais.
Of the approximated 66,000,000 residents in
Thailand, 75% of them are Thai locals;
13% are Chinese; 8% are Khmers, Mons
and a few other hill tribes; 3% are Malays; and the
remaining 1% is a mix of foreign nationals. Around 2 million
from the total population are migrants, including both legal
and illegal. About 32% of the population live in
the cities and are employed in white collar jobs.
In Bangkok alone, there are
approximately 6 million living in the country’s
Other cities widely inhabited are
Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nonthaburi, and
The remaining 68% resides in rural
areas with jobs concerning farming and agriculture.
This just suits the country right.
Because even though it is already
more than half-way in its transition to being an
industrial country, Thailand still depends on its
Thailand may be the 50th largest country in the world, with
roughly 513,000 sq km, but it also ranks as the 21st most
populous country. So 66,000,000 are still a bit too many
even for the world’s 50th largest country.
And at the rate it is going, the
United Nations Population Information Network
projected Thailand’s population to reach 74 million
by year 2050. It sounds alarming if you will think
about congestion and pollution.
of the huge population, the country still proves to
be very capable at providing for its residents.
rapid economic growth that the country has
experienced in 1985 brought by increased rate of
tourism and industrialization, businesses in a lot
of Thai cities have boomed.
urban and some rural areas have been developed into
gorgeous tourist spots frequented by expatriates and
vacationers. The export business also went up with
the influx of investors.
Even the tourists who go for shopping have
contributed to the economy because of the bulk purchases of
bags, clothes and accessories that they eventually turned
into merchandising business back in their home countries.