Thailand interesting facts – fun facts you didn’t know about!
Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand is known for its elegant royal palaces, ruins, tropical shores, and not to mention the beautiful Buddhist temples. The capital of Bangkok is an ultra-modern city that rises over quiet canal-type communities and the temples such as Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and Wat Phra Kaew (the Emerald Buddha). Adjacent beach resorts include the popular and busy Pattaya, crowded Phuket, quiet Koh Samui and the stylish Hua Hin. The official language of the country is Thai and the monarch is King Vajiralongkorn (the previous king Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away in 2016). There are many Thailand interesting facts that are surprising for the tourists.
The following informations and statistics will help you get better acquainted with the country’s landscape, people, and cultural leanings.
Thailand interesting facts #1
Bangkok’s Official Name Is Hard to Pronounce
Bangkok’s official spelling was clearly established before the founding of such media sites as Twitter. While it is known in its shortened version as Krung Thep Maha Nakho, its entire ceremonial name is Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. This Tweet buster of a name contains 156 characters.
Thailand interesting facts #2
Bangkok Is the World’s Most Visited City
Although it may take you a long time to pronounce the ceremonial name of Bangkok, it still won’t keep you from visiting this fascinating landmark. According to statistics, the Thai capital sees about 16 million people cross its borders annually. That is just one of the fun facts about Thailand that makes you want to know more about the place.
Thailand interesting facts #3
The World’s Smallest Mammal Is Found in Thailand
The Kitti’s hog-nosed bat is found in the country of Thailand. The little bat weighs in at only two grams!
Thailand interesting facts #4
Thailand Is the World’s 13th Friendliest Country
It is not known how researchers obtain their data. However, information reveals Thailand is considered 13th in rankings when it comes to amiability. The number-one country with respect to this character trait is none other than chilly northern Iceland.
Thailand interesting facts #5
Thailand Plays Host to the Annual Monkey Buffet
Monkeys have their own fete each year and are regularly invited to a festival in their honor. The 600 attendees get to gorge on all sorts of fare in honor of their ability to draw in many tourists.
Thailand interesting facts #6
The Country Is Home to the World’s Ninth Tallest Statue
The Great Buddha at the Wat Muang Monastery in Ang Thong province is the world’s ninth highest statue at 127 meters or 416 feet high. The tallest building in the country (that is also the world’s 80th tallest building) can be found in Bangkok. The Baiyoke Tower II stands at 304 meters or 997 feet high.
Thailand interesting facts #7
Thailand Has Only Won Seven Gold Medals in the Olympics
The country has won only a small number of medals in the Olympic Games. Three of the rewards were for weightlifting while four were awarded for boxing. Muay Thai, a form of boxing, is the country’s national sport. The practice employs kicks, elbows, knees, and punches.
Thailand interesting facts #8
A Popular Pastime Is Elephant Polo
Thailand is also a host country for the King’s Cup, also known as Elephant Polo. The game, which normally features horses, features players that are experienced in riding elephants. While the game is not fast-paced, it does provide a certain amount of excitement nonetheless. The Thai people are notably concerned about the animals’ well-being as a warning is issued in the game rules. Any abuse is considered an offense worthy of strict repercussions and penalties.
Thailand interesting facts #9
You Can Find the Bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand
The town of Kanchanburi is home to the famed Bridge over the River Kwai, which is part of the Burma-Siam railway. Around 90,000 people died while building the railway.
Thailand interesting facts #10
Bangkok Was Once Known as the Venice of the East
At one time, Bangkok was home to a large number of khlongs or canals. The canals were a part of the overall landscape as homes accommodated the watery terrain by being built up high on poles. Eventually, the city became more land-based with expansion and population growth.
Thailand interesting facts #11
Thailand Is Home to the Largest Mammal
The country’s waters are home to the largest marine mammal, the whale shark.
Thailand interesting facts #12
Only a Small Portion of Thailand’s Forests Remain
While people often marvel at the jungles and forests in Thailand, there used to be more in the way of bushes and trees. What most people do not know is that most of northern Thailand was once covered in forest. Now, only about a quarter of the trees are left. Only the country of Singapore has lost more trees. As a result, logging is banned in Thailand.
Thailand interesting facts #13
“The King and I” Never Appeared in Thai Theaters
It is against the law in Thailand to say anything derogatory against the monarchy. That is because the Thai people love their king and therefore show him great respect. In fact, the well-known classic movie “The King and I” never appeared in theaters in Thailand as it was considered disrespectful to the king. Thailand also features a lese majeste rule, meaning that any disrespectful acts toward the monarch can lead to imprisonment for treason.
Thailand interesting facts #14
Showing Respect for Another Individual’s Head Is Important in Thailand
The head is considered to be the most important part of a human’s body in Thailand. Therefore, Thai culture forbids touching anyone on the head even if he or she is a child. Should you meet someone who is more important in status or older, you should bow your head in deference.
Thailand interesting facts #15
The King of Thailand Was Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born in the U.S. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Although he passed away few months ago, people still worship him. He was the grandson of the monarch King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), furthermore his grandfather is credited with bringing modernism to the country. Highly educated, the King possessed an engineering degree from Switzerland.
Thailand interesting facts #16
The Orchid Is Thailand’s National Flower
If you appreciate exotic flowers, orchids in particular, you will like to hear that Thailand is home to 1,500 species of orchids, all of which can be found growing in the Thai forest. That is why the country is one of the largest exporters of orchids.
Thailand interesting facts #17
At One Time, Over 100,000 Elephants Inhabited Thailand
There is a reason people often associate elephants with Thailand. Today, you can find 5,000 of them in the country. About half that number are domesticated. However, over a century ago, the country was home to approximately 100,000 elephants.
Thailand interesting facts #18
A Number of Flags Represent Thailand
Thailand has many banners that it waves. Indeed, those who are observant, they will notice that the national flag of Thailand is elevated at 8 am each morning. It is then lowered each evening at 6 pm. A number of flags are called Royal Flags as well. They are flown with the national flag in honor of the monarchy. While you will only see Royal Flags in Thailand, they are a common sight.
Thailand interesting facts #19
Bangkok Was Named the World’s Hottest City
If you do not mind the heat, you will not mind Bangkok, which carries the distinction of being the world’s hottest city. Probably the best time to visit the country is in November or December. The heat is not as great during this time as the rainy season has subsided and it is drier. However, even if the climate is a bit more temperate, you will still have to contend with the crowds or the fast metro pace.
Thailand interesting facts #20
The Country Is Made up of Almost 1,500 Isles
Thailand is home to about 1,430 islands, many of which have become famous in Hollywood films (such as the Shutter Island). Many return visitors try out new islands to discover their favorites. Even though we have been to many Thai islands, we still can’t decide which one we like the most!
Thailand interesting facts #21
Siamese Cats Originated From Thailand
Siamese cats first called Thailand home and are esteemed animals to present to brides as they are considered to be good luck. While the number of species has dwindled down to about one-fourth of their original number, they are still highly regarded animals among the Thai people.
Thailand interesting facts #22
Men Were at One Time Required to Become Buddhist Monks
At one time in the country’s history, all men should become Buddhist monks, even the members of the royal family. They were required to take on the role before they turned 20 years old.
Thailand interesting facts #23
The Most Important Mineral in Thailand Is Tin
You may see stunning jewelry made of gold on display in Thailand, especially when viewing the country’s statues. However, the most important mineral economically is tin. While jewels may sparkle on Buddhist temples, tin is a sparkling gem in the local economy.
Thailand interesting facts #24
The Mekong River Is Home to Over 1,300 Species of Fish
Located on Thailand’s eastern border, the Mekong River supports 1,300 fish species. The river also holds some of the largest fish in the world including a giant freshwater catfish that is 10 feet in length and can weigh up to 660 pounds. So, if you want to go fishing, this is the place to visit.
Swiftlet Nests in Thailand Are Made of Strands of Saliva
Swiftlet nests collected from Thai caves fetch a great deal of money. The nests are one of the most coveted and expensive food items in the world.
Thailand interesting facts #26
The SkyTrain May Stop for No Apparent Reason
In downtown Bangkok, the SkyTrain may stop for no reason. When any member of the Royal family travels downtown, the train will stop so it is not above the royal member. Basically, you should not have your head directly above a member of the royal family. That rule applies when walking on overhead passes as well.
Thailand interesting facts #27
One of Thailand’s Fish Can Walk on Land
The mudskipper is indeed a curious type of fish as it can walk on land and climb trees. The fish uses its fins to walk and absorbs oxygen through the lining of its mouth and skin. It spends most of its time in the water, however, consuming algae in tidal pools.