The state of the internet and social media in Thailand
Due to the predominantly rural population, internet penetration in Thailand is still low at 76 percent. Interestingly enough, the scarce Internet access is contrasted with an impressive penetration rate of social networks. Which can only mean that the smartphone penetration must be significantly higher than the direct access to the internet. Thailand is an interesting example of the impact of social media on emerging markets across Asia. Booming industries, such as tourism and retail, are experiencing a significant opening as the visibility via online media provides a greater marketing opportunity for remote businesses. Thai companies have used social media not only to promote and publish their services, but also as part of thoughtful business strategies targeting international audience.