Chiang Mai is also a big city in Thailand. Chiang Mai is 700 kilometres away from Bangkok and between the highest mountains of the land. The last few years Chiang Mai is really modernized. Later the city became a very important centre because of the self made things such as umbrellas, jewellery and woodcarvings.
The language is Thai. Thai is the native language of 90% of the people living in Thailand. The language can be separated in four dialects. In the middle of the country they speak Thai. Also called as Siamees. In the Northeast of the country the people speak Isaan. In the south and North of the country the people speak Northern and southern Thai.
The River Kwai is a tourism place. There is a bridge over the River Kwai. The bridge was a railroad. It was a Japanese plan to build the railroad so that they could trade with Thailand. Workers needed to make it, but it was very dangerous. It was a really high bridge. The bridge took at least five years until it was ready. 61.000 British, Dutch, American and Australian prisoners and 200.000 military Asians were put to work. 16.000 people died building this bridge. That is why the bridge is called: The rail of death. During the second world war there were actually two bridges. One was the real wooden bridge where the train drove on. And the second one was a bridge where you could walk on. The second bridge was broken so now there is only one bridge. A bridge where you could walk on and where the train ride.