10 Amazing, Fun & Interesting Facts About Thailand
Thailand, officially known as Kingdom of Thailand is a country located in the Southeast Asia. It is surrounded by Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Gulf of Thailand, Malaysia and Andaman Sea. It is 20th most populous country in the world. Now let us know some interesting facts about Thailand
Interesting Facts About Thailand
#1: Bhumibol Adulyadej
- The world’s longest reigning Monarch was born in 1927. He became King Rama IX in June 1946.
- The Monarch holds a patent in a form of cloud seeing and holds an Engineering degree from the Swiss.
- Apart from this, He also plays the Sax and has composed the National Anthem for Thailand.
#2: The National Flag
- Thailand’s national flag was introduced by King Rama VI (King Vajiravudh). The flag is raised at 8:00 every morning and is lowered at 6:00 in the evening.
- A picture of a white elephant against a red background was the flag before 1917.
#3: Record Break
- With 10,488 washed plates lined up, the record for the longest line of washed plates was set in May 2010 by Thailand. However, this record was beaten by India in 2013 with 15,295 plates.
- 282 skydivers set the record for free fall formation holding the link for 7.11 seconds above Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand.
- On April 9, 2010, Thailand recorded the longest catwalk as a part of the Pattaya International fashion week for 1,584m.
#4: HIV Aids
There are some weird yet interesting facts about Thailand, here they are:
- The first AIDS case was reported in Thailand in 1984. It is a country with high prevalence of the disease in Asia.
- The country suffers from the worst reputation of having the highest rate of s*x trafficking in children as well.
- The Vietnamese war American troops were flown to Thailand for sex tourism and the police had a tolerance to military prostitution.
#5: Head & Feet
- The Thai tend to keep their head lower in the presence of older people or more important people as a sign of respect. One should never touch the head of even a child. The head is considered the most important part.
- The feet should not point to a person or to statue when sitting in a temple. They are considered low as they are attached to the ground. The sentiment is that the attachment to the ground is the reason for the suffering.
#6: Thai Ramayana
- The Thai version of Ramayana is called Ramakien. It is the national epic of Thailand.
- Ramakien has influenced the everyday life for over hundreds of years.
#7: Siamese Cats
- The Siamese cats are native to Thailand. They are called ‘Wichen – maat’ meaning moon diamond. Of the 23 breeds described in a 14th century book, only 6 breeds are alive today.
- The most expensive pet wedding at $16,421 for Phet and Ploy happened in 1996.
- It is considered to bring good luck to a marriage if the bride is given a pair of Si Sawaat cats (a breed) on the day of wedding.
There are many interesting facts about Thailand related to reptiles, here they are:
- The monitor lizard, native to Thailand can grow up to 7 feet are the largest living lizards.
- The largest ever found Reticulated python measured over 33 feet from end to end in Thailand.
- The country also houses the King Cobra, the most poisonous snake whose single bite is enough to kill an elephant.
#9: Land of Free
- Prathet Thai is the name of Thailand in the Thai language. It means the land of free.
- Thailand takes pride in being the only south east Asian country that was never colonized by the Europeans.
#10: Largest & Longest
- The world’s largest Buddha statue, the world’s largest crocodile farm, the largest restaurant, the longest single span suspension bridge are all in Thailand.