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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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