Interesting Facts About Thailand

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Nang Yuan Island

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Nang Yuan Island. Photo by Dane Low

Interesting Facts About Thailand – Thailand – this is a great, fantastic country with a unique culture and way of life. This country can be described endlessly and always discover something new. I present to your attention in my opinion the most interesting facts about Thailand.

38 Interesting Facts About Thailand

1. World Meteorological Station said that Bangkok – the capital of the hottest in the world (the average annual air temperature +28 ° C).

2. There is Thani Monkey College In the city of Surat, a special school for the monkeys. There they are taught not only the various tricks to entertain the tourists, but also with palm trees to get coconuts. Particularly successful students can pluck about 1,000 coconuts per day.

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Hong Island Thailand

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Hong Island Thailand. Photo by Pietro Motta

3. In the late 19th century Russian master Faberge visited Thailand and created many works of art, several statues of Buddha as well.

4. Now is 2556 in the Kingdom of Thailand. Why is that? The fact is that Thais live by Buddhist calendar, which began counting from 543 BC (the day of the Buddha’s death);

5. The capital of Thailand, Bangkok – the city with the longest name in the world. That’s why he was included in the Guinness Book of Records.

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Bangkok City

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Bangkok City. Photo by Anton Whoa

The full name of Bangkok – “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahintarayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Nopparat Ratchathani Buriram Udomratchanivet Mahasatan Amon Piments Avatan Sathit Sakkathattiyya Vitsanukam Prasit.” Translated, it means “The great city of gods, where the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable abode of Indra, like Ayutthaya, the capital of the Grand nine jewels, City of Joy and royal palaces, which is ruled by the incarnate God, City, granted Sakka and built by Vitsanukam.”

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Sukothai was the first capital city of Thailand

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Sukothai was the first capital city of Thailand. Photo by Bart van Poll

6. In Thailand, there are five UNESCO World Heritage sites, they include, since 1991, Historic Town of Sukhothai & Associated Historic Towns, since 1991 the Historic Town of Ayutthaya, since 1991 Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries Thungyai-Huai, since 1992 Archeological Site Ban Chiang and, since 2005, Dong Phayayen – Khao Yai Forest Complex. So without a doubt Thailand is a country of ancient culture and history.

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Suvarnabhumi Airport

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Suvarnabhumi Airport. Photo by Fabio Achilli

7. The project to build a new Bangkok airport Suvarnabhumi – the longest in world history the construction of airports. The idea, to build it in the place, where it is now, was proposed by the Thai government back in the 60s!

Suvarnabhumi Airport, which was built in the swamps in 2006, near Bangkok, has the world’s largest passenger terminal, which is under the same roof, as well as the highest observation tower.

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Buddhist temple in  Ayutthaya

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Buddhist temple in Ayutthaya. Photo by Jim Trodel

8. Thailand – the only country in Southeast Asia that has never been anyone’s colony.

9. Anthem of Thailand written by Russian composer Pyotr Shchurovsky in 1888.

10. Thai alphabet is considered one of the most complex in the world, according to its size it is superior to almost all existing alphabets, the leader in complexity and size second only to the Khmer alphabet used in Cambodia.

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Thai Architecture and Landscape

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Thai Architecture and Landscape. Photo by Echiner1

11.The largest restaurant in Bangkok, «The Royal Dragon Restaurant», can simultaneously serve 5,000 visitors. This entry was in the “Guinness Book of Records” in 1992.

12. The movie “The King and I” (1956) about King Mongkut, Rama IV and an English teacher at his court, is banned in Thailand because it spoils the reputation of a respected king of Siam. But the current King and Queen looked this on Broadway in 1985.

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Float Market Thailand

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Float Market Thailand. Photo by Russ Bowling

13. Mass tourism in Thailand has arisen due to the Vietnam War and the American soldiers who used the Kingdom as a resort during vacations and leaves of absence, and then began to come to Thailand for a holiday.

14. Interesting facts about Thailand: Statues of Buddha in Thailand are leased as are considered sacred, and the sacred can’t be bought and sold.

15. Purebred Thai dog (Bangkaew) – the most expensive dog in Thailand. These half-dog but half-wolves were bred in the province of Phitsanulok, and now first-class dog of this breed is sold for 50,000 Baht. And one dog that lives in Phitsanulok is protected and valued at 2 million Baht.

16. In Thailand, there is the world’s largest solid gold Budda statue , which was created about nine centuries ago. It is a sculpture of the Buddha Wat Traimit (translated “Temple of the Golden Buddha”), weight is 5.5 tons and a height of 3 m.

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Krating Daeng - Thai "Red Bull"

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Krating Daeng – Thai “Red Bull”. Photo by Matt Biddulph

17. The world-famous energy drink “Red Bull”, is based on a Thai drink “Krating Daeng”. It is popular with the tuk-tuk drivers.

18. The territory of Thailand equal to the territory of France, and its population reaches almost half the population of Russia.

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Muang Boran scenery

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Muang Boran scenery. Photo by Sergey Zhaffsky

19. Muang Boran (Ancient City) in Samut Prakane is the world’s largest open-air museum.

20. In Thailand’s Lopburi province there is an annual tradition to arrange a monkey banquet. In the church are invited over 2,000 monkeys and liberally treated thousands of kilograms of fruit and vegetables. Monkeys are so fond of, because, according to legend, their god Rama army helped defeat the enemy.

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Samui Rainbow

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Samui Rainbow. Photo by Jacky Ding

21. In Thailand, more than 32,700 Buddhist temples, where about 370,000 monks and novices. That’s roughly 1 monk for 170 people.

23. In the Thai capital Bangkok monthly happens about twenty accidents involving elephants. 1,600 giant elephants daily come on the streets of Bangkok.

Interesting Facts About Thailand. Thai Symbols

Interesting Facts About Thailand. Thai Symbols Photo by Davidd Puuikibeach

34. One of the main symbols of Thailand is considered to be a white elephant. Prior to the beginning of the last century (1922) it is this mythical beast was adorned with the flag of the kingdom.

However, a white elephant, though rare, but occur in nature and in fact. And under Thai law all white elephants (or to be precise, albino elephants) belong to the king. The value of this symbol is very easy to guess – strength, peace and dignity. An image of an elephant brings good luck.

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Similan Islands

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Similan Islands. Photo by dia_n

35. Beautiful Similan Islands in the south of Thailand have received the name of their Malay language. There are 9 islands, and the Malay word “nine” sounds like the Similan.

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Thai Cuisine

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Thai Cuisine. Photo by Oleg Sidorenko

36. Thai cuisine – one of the famous cuisines in the world. According to popular belief it is assumed that Thai food is very spicy. This is not entirely true. There is a huge selection of totally not spicy dishes. Simply, these dishes are rarely offered to tourists.

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Siamese cat in Siam

Interesting Facts About Thailand: Siamese cat in Siam. Photo by Appie Verschoor

37. Siamese cats that are now popular all over the world for the first time from Thailand were brought to Russia as a gift to Nicholas II. And then later, from Russia they are distributed around the world.

38. In Thailand, there are mines of many precious stones, such as: Ruby, Topaz, Citrine, Sapphire and many others.

Read also my article: Things to do in Bangkok

2 thoughts on “Interesting Facts About Thailand

  1. Gary @ TrueVoyage Thailand

    Great list. Let’s make a couple of repsonses:
    #2 You can see graduates of Surat’s Monkey college busy throughout Southern Thailand, fetching coconuts.
    (Sound silly, but falling coconuts is no laughing matter; a friend of mine suffered a broken arm when struck by a falling coconut whilst driving a motorcycle. Dangerous!). Thank goodness for those monkeys.
    #17 Krating Daeng and similar energy drinks like M-150 (M loy haa-sip) are indeed the fuel of laborers in Thailand. But I suspect the caffeine loading in each drink is way above anything you are likely to taste overseas!

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