About 95 percent of Thailand’s population are Buddhists. This part of their culture touch almost every aspect of their lives. Buddhism's success in Thailand also owes much to its acceptance of other religious rites and practices. As Buddha himself was a Hindu and Buddhism originated in, and migrated from a Hindu society, India, it is easy to understand how Buddhism shares some elements that are recognizable within Hinduism. Even today, there are various rituals that are practiced within Buddhism that are either explicitly identified as Hindu in origin, or are easily seen to be derived from Hindu tradition. To read an in-depth view of Buddhism’s Path to Thailand, check out this link.