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    Why invest in ASEAN?

    • Thailand

      Thailand’s strategic location makes it an investors’ gateway to Asia. It is at the center of most ASEAN countries, including Myanmar on the west, Cambodia and Lao PDR on the east, and Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore on the south. Being at the crossroads of ASEAN and other dynamic markets in Asia such as China and India, allows Thailand access to a burgeoning consumer population overseas aside from its equally huge population of almost 68 million people.

      Thailand offers investors world class infrastructure. Trade and business transactions are made easier through Thailand’s extensive highway system, modern city-wide mass transit, international airports, deep sea ports, and international river ports. As the hub of ASEAN, Thailand advocates for free and fair trade. It is instrumental in the formulation of the ASEAN Free Trade Area and a signatory to a number of other free trade agreements.

      Business opportunities in Thailand are abundant across several industries which include automotive, alternative energy, food, electrical & electronics, logistics, printing, yacht building, rubber industry, etc.

      For more information, see Thailand Board of Investment.  


      Capital Bangkok 
      Land Area:
      Urban population rate:
      Age clustering:
      Children below 5 yrs old
      Youth 15-29 yrs old
      Elderly over 65 years old
      Active workforce 20-44 yrs old
      Life expectancy:
      Net enrollment in primary education:
      Adult literacy rate:
      513,120 sqkm
      67.6 million

      6 percent
      23.2 percent
      8.2 percent
      40.0 percent
      74.1 years
      85.7 percent
      94.1 percent
      (as of 2011)
      GDP per capita:
      Total trade:
      Tourist arrival:
      US$ 345.8 million
      US$ 5,116
      3.6 percent
      US$ 7.78 million
      US$ 458.9 million
      Thai Baht
      (as of 2011)
      International airports:
      Major sea ports:
      Road length:
      Paved network:
      Percentage of paved roads:
      Vehicles per 1000 persons:
      Internet subscriber per 1000 persons:
      Cellphone per 1000 persons:
      7 international airports
      8 major ports
      114,437 square kilometers
      108,158 square kilometers
      95 percent
      Other Information
      Thai is official national language; English is widely spoken and understood.
      Buddhism is the dominant religion.
      Thai people including ethnic Chinese, Malays, Cambodians, Vietnamese, and Indians.

      Note: Some figures may vary with figures in the AMS’ website due to different covered periods or record years. Quantitative data were culled from the ASEAN Secretariat Statistics Leaflet Year 2012. 

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