Fun Facts About Thailand That 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 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 tourists. Let’s talk about Thailand culture.
The following pieces of information about Thailand culture and statistics will help you get better acquainted with the country’s landscape, people, and cultural leanings. We will also mention some of the best points of interest in Thailand.
Thailand interesting facts #1
Bangkok’s Official Name Is Hard to Pronounce
One of the Thailand fun facts is that Bangkok’s official spelling was clearly established before the founding of such media sites like 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.
Interesting Thailand facts #2
Bangkok Is 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.
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Thailand interesting facts #3
The World’s Smallest Mammal Is Found in Thailand
One of the fun facts about Thailand is Kitti’s hog-nosed bat that is found in the country of Thailand. The little bat weighs in at only two grams!
Interesting Thailand facts #4
Thailand Is World’s 13th Friendliest Country
Everyone knows that Thailand is a land of smiles!
It is not sure how researchers obtain their data when creating the friendliest country rank. However, the information reveals Thailand is considered 13th 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.
Interesting Thailand 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.
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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.
Interesting Thailand 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 Kanchanaburi 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.
Interesting Thailand 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.
Interesting Thailand 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.
Interesting Thailand facts #14
Showing Respect for Another Individual’s Head Is Important in Thailand
The head is considered to be the most important part of the human 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 Former 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 a 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.
Interesting Thailand 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.
Interesting Thailand 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.
Interesting Thailand 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! There are so many Thailand interesting places to try!
Speaking of beaches, if you’d rather stay on the mainland, you could visit Pattaya. There are many points of interest there that should be on your itinerary!
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.
Interesting Thailand 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.
Interesting Thailand facts #24
The Mekong River Is Home to Over 1,300 Species of Fish
Another interesting fact about Thailand is that 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, the Mekong River is an interesting place in Thailand.
Thailand interesting facts #25
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.
Interesting Thailand facts #26
The SkyTrain May Stop for No Apparent Reason
In downtown Bangkok, the SkyTrain may stop for no reason which means that it’s one of the annoying but interesting facts on Thailand.
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
One of the most interesting facts about Thailand is the mudskipper that 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.
Weird things about Thailand #28
Dogs Act Like Cats in Thailand
The weird thing about Thailand is that dogs act like cats in this country. They are so lazy and calm… They sleep all day and do everything that usually cats do. Maybe it’s because of the heat- the temperature is simply too high for them to run around.
There are many stray dogs in Thailand. Most of them are easy-going and won’t even bark. However, some of them may become more active at night.
Thailand interesting facts #29
Thai People Believe In Ghosts
Thai people are really crazy about ghosts! They believe they can haunt them unexpectedly.
That’s why they place little houses close to big buildings (homes, offices, shops, etc.) When the ghost is around, it stays in this little house and won’t haunt their homes.
Thais are extremely superstitious. Every time something weird happens, they think it’s because of ghosts. They bring drinks for them, especially red Fanta.
So don’t be surprised if you see many bottles of red Fanta in front of the little house in Thailand. It’s for the ghosts.
Thailand interesting facts #30
You Should Take Off Shoes When Entering Buildings In Thailand
Thai people consider feet as clean and shoes as dirty. That’s why they take off their shoes before entering temples, houses, stores, etc.
Fun Thailand Facts #31
Intimate Hygiene Is A Big Thing In Thailand
Like in many other countries in Asia, you can find water sprayers and automatic toilets in Thailand as well.
Toilet guns (that you can see on the photo on this photo->) are used to wash after poo or pee. Toilet paper is there only to dry the body out of water.
I personally think that it’s so much better way of using the toilet than in the ‘western world’.
Interesting Thailand facts #32
Women Are Generally Less Respected Than Men
If you are traveling to Thailand as a couple, you may experience a culture shock. Some people will only talk with men, completely ignoring the woman. Men will get food first in the restaurant.
In Thailand, men are just respected more than women. It’s strange but that’s how it works in this country. It’s like that in many other Asian countries.