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The three principal rivers in this region are the Moon, the Chi, and the Po, the latter of which feeds and empties into two freshwater lakes. These rivers flow east/southeast, eventually emptying into the Mekong River as it flows into Southern Laos. Encompassing approximately 170,000 square kilometers, Eesahn constitutes one-third of Thailand’s land area, most of it located on the Khorat Plateau, approximately 300 meters (990 feet) above sea level. Due to its sheer size and comparatively limited development, Eesahn is not a common tourist destination.

9 per 100 persons. The everincreasing demand for cell phone and Internet service is very competitive and proven to be something of a distraction from the needed improvement of basic telephone services. As of 2001, there were still some 43,000 rural villages without public telephone service (Report of the National Economic and Social Development Board of Thailand 2001). THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THAILAND From a demographic standpoint, approximately 80 percent of Thailand’s population is of pure “Thai” descent (for an explanation of what “Thai” means in terms of ethnicity, see the overview of Thailand’s historical origins, below).

By the time the northeastern monsoon has reached Southern Thailand, it has already accumulated significant humidity on its southwesterly journey. Southern Thailand, therefore, has only two seasons: rainy and dry, although rain can fall during both seasonal periods. THAILAND’S TRANSPORTATION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE Thailand’s infrastructure covers the developmental spectrum, in that it is state-of-the-art in some areas and in dire need of improvement in others. Thailand has 158,425 kilometers (almost 100,000 miles) of roads.

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