Thailand is a land of natural and man-made beauty. Tourists flock to Thailand to see ancient ruins, relax on pristine beaches, and sample Thai delicacies. Religion, typically Buddhism, is a vital part of Thai society. A severe financial downturn in the late 1990's forced many rural residents to migrate to Bangkok for work.
Agriculture employs more than half of the population. Many Thai are subsistence farmers, but the country exports rice and tapioca, among other goods.