:: COMMUNICATIONS
:: TRANSPORTATION

Telephones - main lines in use: 6.6 million (2003)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 19.3 million (2003)

Telephone system: service to general public adequate, but investment in technological upgrades reduced by recession;

bulk of service to government activities provided by multi-channel cable and microwave radio relay network
domestic: microwave radio relay and multi-channel cable; domestic satellite system being developed
international: satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean and 1 Pacific Ocean)
Radio broadcast stations: 514

Radio sets: 76.7% (2000)
Television broadcast stations: 6 (all in Bangkok ; plus 131 repeaters)
Television sets: 90.6% (2000)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 19 (2004)
Internet Users: 6.0 Mill (2003)

Railways:
total: 3,940 km
narrow gauge: 3,940 km 1.000-m gauge (99 km double track)

Waterways: 3,999 km principal waterways; 3,701 km with navigable depths of 0.9 m or more throughout the year; numerous minor waterways navigable by shallow-draft native craft

Pipelines: petroleum products 67 km; natural gas 350 km

Ports and harbors: Bangkok, Laem Chabang, Pattani, Phuket, Sattahip, Si Racha, Songkhla




Airports: 6 - Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Phuket, Chiang Rai, Suwannapum.

:: MILITARY
Military branches: Royal Thai Army, Royal Thai Navy (includes Royal Thai Marine Corps), Royal Thai Air Force, Paramilitary Forces
Military manpower - military age: 18 years of age
Military manpower - availability:
males age 15-49: 17,621,080 (2000 est.)
Military manpower - fit for military service:
males age 15-49: 10,603,857 (2000 est.)
Military manpower - reaching military age annually:
males: 580,014 (2000 est.)
Military expenditures - dollar figure: $2.075 billion (FY97/98)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP: 1.3% (FY97/98)
:: TRANSNATIONAL ISSUES

Disputes - international: parts of the border with Laos are indefinite; maritime boundary with Vietnam resolved, August 1997; parts of border with Cambodia are indefinite; maritime boundary with Cambodia not clearly defined; sporadic conflict with Burma over alignment of border

Illicit drugs: a minor producer of opium, heroin, and marijuana; major illicit transit point for heroin en route to the international drug market from Burma and Laos; eradication efforts have reduced the area of cannabis cultivation and shifted some production to neighboring countries; opium poppy cultivation has been reduced by eradication efforts; also a drug money-laundering center; minor role in amphetamine production for regional consumption; increasing indigenous abuse of methamphetamines and heroin.