Major Exports from Thailand

Fried Mackerel (Pla Tu)

What do you think are the major exports for Thailand? Maybe rice? Well, if you thought that then you would be wrong. However, just over 100 years ago, rice was indeed the major export in the Kingdom. Just for fun, I thought I would give you a list to compare the major exports in 1892 and the first quarter of 2006. The item in brackets is for 100 years ago.

  1. Computers and parts (Rice)
  2. Cars and parts (Pepper)
  3. Electrical circuits (Teak timber)
  4. Rubber (Bullocks)
  5. Plastic pellets (Dried Mussels)
  6. Gems and jewellery (Fried Mackerel)
  7. TVs, radios and parts (Buffalo Hides)
  8. Garments (Salted Fish)
  9. Finished oil products (Rose Wood)
  10. Chemicals (Tin)
  11. Iron, steel and products (Dried Fish)
  12. Air-conditioners and parts (Caradamon)
  13. Rubber-based products (Sapan Woods)
  14. Canned and processed seafood (Buffalo Horns)
  15. Rice (Birds’ Nests)

5 responses to “Major Exports from Thailand

  1. Birds nests seems a strainge one

  2. As in Birds’ Nest soup? It’s below Buffalo Horns!

    I’m surprised rice is down at 15. Thailand is still one of the big exporteers of rice, isn’t it?

  3. Trips to Thailand

    We quite often speak to groups about Thailand. Seems a lot of people that read our book “Ten Years to Bangkok” (which can be bought in bookstores in Bangkok and is handled by Orchid Press and Book Store) are interested in going to Thailand from the United States after reading the book. It seems that most only take a week trip that includes the air flight. We are often asked what things they should see while they are in Bangkok. We have made up this list for them. Most of the ones that return think it is a good list for travelers to Thailand. Many only spend 3 to 5 day in Thailand and never leave Bangkok. Some items can be done with others to make a day or you can tour in morning and shop in afternoon. It is not a list of things you have to see only suggestions and many things can be added to the list. Jewelry and gems are a good buy in Thailand when you know what you are buying we always explain to them. This is a basic list for short time visitors.

    1. The Grand Place and the Emerald Buddha (Buy a card cannot take pictures of Buddha) ½ day tour can shop after tour
    2. Rose Garden/Crocodile Farm
    3. Vimanmek Palace
    4. Jim Thompson’s House
    5. Floating Market / Dinner cruise with Thai dancing
    6. Ayutthaya & river cruise (one day trip)
    7. Chatuchak Weekend Market (Sunday Market) go early
    8. Flower Market-Pak Khlong Talad
    9. Democracy Monument (noted in book)
    10. Chinatown-Yaowarat (food & gold shops)

    Additional places to visit in Thailand

    1. Pattaya can do a one day trip from Bangkok
    2. Phuket requires additional time 2 to 4 days
    3. Chiang Mai requires additional time 2 to 4 days.

  4. Thanks Mr Barrow! I’m doing a school project on Thailand and this helped alot! I hope your future work doesn’t go unrecognised!

    kind regards, Jack D

  5. This is my first day on this blogging site. Your article is the first one I read and it’s very interesting. I was lucky enough to spend more than one week in Thailand, traveling far beyond just Bangkok. I left the land with a love for the people and culture and have actually begun an import business based off their products, so as to build a bridge between them and the American consumer. This site is one I have much interest in. Thank you for your article!