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Thailand - Beyond the Beach

Originally known as Siam, The Kingdom of Thailand is a small, Southeast Asian country which is renowned for its deliciously spicy food, beautiful beaches, and, more recently, its political instability. We've got the 411 on this sunny get-away in the midst of one serious show-down.

Thailand - Where is It?

Thailand is in Southeast Asia where it borders Laos and Cambodia to the east and Malaysia to the south. The Andaman Sea and Myanmar (formerly Burma) sit to the west of Thailand.

Thailand - A Very Brief History

Indigenous Thai cultures have existed from around 4000 BC onwards but the country's culture has been heavily influenced by Cambodia, China and India. Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to be overtaken by a European nation. However, it did give up three of is southern provinces to Malaysia after pressure from the British in the 19th century. In 1932, the Thai people revolted against the monarchy, resulting in a constitutional monarchy, in which the government is elected and the royal family acts more as a figurehead or national ambassadors (much like in the UK). Shortly afterward, the country changed its name from Siam to Thailand. "Thai" means freedom in the Thai language. In the coming years, Thailand experienced a number of coups (sudden, usually armed, overthrowing of the government), but moved towards democracy from the 1980s on. In December 2004, thousands of people were killed and even more were displaced by the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Thailand - Recent Conflicts

On September 19, 2006, Thai military leaders staged a coup while the Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, was in the US for a United Nations convention. The crisis traces its roots back to January 2006 when the Prime Minister sold his family's stake in a telecoms firm. Many Thais became angry because they said the family had avoided paying tax and had passed control of an important national asset to foreign investors. In an effort to show he still had the support of the voters, the Prime Minister called a snap election in April. The Prime Minister won 57 percent of the vote but the vote was declared unconstitutional. Eventually, an armed group decided to take matters into their own hands. They say they will call a new election soon and restore democracy to the nation.

Thailand - Did U Know?

  • The Siamese cat was brought to Britain from Thailand in 1884 by the British Consul General of Bangkok.
  • The Beach, the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is set in Thailand.
  • A popular tourist activity in Thailand is riding elephants.
  • The fifth season of Survivor was shot in Thailand.
  • King Ramkhamhaeng, who ruled at the end of the 13th century, created the first Thai alphabet.
  • In Thailand, there is a law against leaving your house without wearing underwear.
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AnnaOfExquizurd
" In the vast, deep forest of Hyrule… long have I served as the guardian spirit… I am known as the Deku Tree. The children of the forest, the Kokiri, live here with me. Each Kokiri has his or her own guardian fairy. However, there is one boy who does not have a fairy…. " *** In his tree-trunk home, the boy was tossing and turning on his little cot. The circular room was dark; it was nighttime. And, as it was nighttime again, his young mind was plunged into the same nightmare again.... Hooves, galloping in a rapid staccato, like a myriad of drums being pounded, raced across a dark path lit on either side by fire as tall as the boy. But they only reached the shoulders of the horse as dark as midnight, its master clothed in cloth and armor just as dark. But that wasn't what was scary... it was the aura of evil practically dripping off the man, with his fiery hair and dark, nearly-green skin.... And how real he felt. *** "...Navi... Navi, where art thou? Come hither...." Back in my clearing, a cyan ball of light entered my line of sight, gently bobbing a few feet off of the ground. A pair of barely visible clear wings were the only indicator that she was facing me. Compared to my massive size, she was almost a speck. " Oh, Navi the fairy... listen to my words, the words of the Deku Tree.... Dost thou sense it? The climate of evil descending upon this realm.... Malevolent forces even now are mustering to attack our land of Hyrule.... For so long, the Kokiri Forest, the source of life, has stood a barrier, deterring outsiders and maintaining the order of the world.... But, before this tremendous evil power, my power is as nothing.... It seems the time has come for the boy without a fairy to begin his journey... the youth whose destiny it is to lead Hyrule to the path of justice and truth.... Navi, go now! Find our young friend and guide him to me... I do not Have much time left. Fly, Navi, fly! The fate of the forest--nay, the world--depends upon thee. "
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AnnaOfExquizurd
So, this is a story version of the game  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time  that I'm writing for (a) fun and (b) one of my friends who is interested in it, but can't play it. Some of the characters' words will be direct quotes, and some won't. I'm going to try and make it as exact to the game as possible. I'll have direct quotes pointed out like this: " Hey, listen! " And more paraphrased things will be formatted regularly. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the story--coming up in the next post! I DO NOT CLAIM ANY PART OF THIS STORY--CHARACTERS, PLOT, LORE, AND EVERYTHING BESIDES THE FACT I DESCRIBED IT--AS MINE. ALL CHARACTERS, LORE, AND EVERY BIT OF THE PLOT BELONGS TO NINTENDO. I MERELY DESCRIBED IT AND AM DOING THIS FOR A FRIEND.
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Mew2_ posted in Random:
Basically you drink water and can't use the bathroom. there are many rules and different ways to play. But this is what it boils down to. let me know if you ever have played this game before, or anything like it.
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i want to try to bring this forum back to life. but i would like to point out that if you say that because "X" its ok to kill animals, then if that same thing was present in a human, it would be morally justified to kill them. if choose that we can kill animals because of something but not humans for the exact same reason, then thats a double standard and logically inconsistant.
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MAYUSHIGE AHHHHHHH Thank you @snoopynwoodstock123     I am a grown child
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