Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country located in the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia with borders to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar (Burma), with maritime borders with Vietnam. Thailand has been a monarchy since 1238 and became a constitutional monarchy on June 24, 1932. The capital of Thailand is Bangkok. Thai authorities banned the Grand Theft Auto series in 2008 after the murder of a taxi driver.
In 2008 an eighteen year old was arrested in Thailand for stabbing a fifty-four year old taxi driver to death, He confessed to stealing the taxi and killing the driver after he fought back. The teenager said he was trying to copy a scene in Grand Theft Auto IV. The incident led to the game being banned and the teenager currently faces the death penalty if convicted. As a result of this incident, the game was subsequently banned in Thailand.
- Zorba Philippidis may be Thai despite his Greek name, with his body later returned to his wife in Thailand.
References to Thailand
- GTA London 1969/GTA London 1961
- Albert Crisp moves to Thailand in 1969/1961 (depending on if the player is playing GTA London 1969 or GTA London 1961) to escape the games protagonist.
- GTA III
- Thomas Shaw writes an article about the Red Light District of Liberty City losing out to its competitors, which includes Bangkok, Thailand.
- Morgan Merryweather mentions Thailand in an article for the Liberty Tree newspaper.
- GTA Vice City
- Eugene's Vice City Bureau of Investigation record states that he likes Thailand.
- Jezz Torrent asks employees of Juan Cortez during The Party if they know how ping pong is played in Thailand.
- GTA Vice City Stories
- Bryce Parker reports on prostitution - and his personal enjoyment - of children and prepubescents in Thailand for the New World Order show on VCPR.
- During the mission Taking the Fall, Lance Vance tells a contact over the phone that his name is Lance T. Vance suggesting the T stands for: "'T' for tulips in Thailand.".
- GTA IV
- The body of Zorba Philippidis is returned to his wife in Thailand after an autopsy found he had drowned in the Humboldt River in Liberty City.
- The Platypus ship has a number of Thai passengers upon its arrival in Liberty City.