30 Interesting facts about Thailand

Thailand is a country most widely known for its elephants, breathtaking beaches, friendly people and Buddhist temples. I present some interesting facts and curiosities about Thailand, the Southeast Asian wonderland. I had the opportunity to visit Thailand twice, and I will definitely go again in the near future. See now 30 curiosities about Thailand and learn a little more about the habits and customs of the country.

Interesting facts about Thailand
Interesting facts about Thailand

Thailand

  1. The red color of the flag of Thailand symbolizes the nation and the blood of life, white represents the purity of the Buddhist religion and blue represents the monarchy.
  2. Thailand has a very old history.
  3. Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that has never been colonized by a European power.
  4. Thailand is located in the central region of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia.
  5. Approximately 10% of the world’s bird species are found in Thailand.
  6. Thailand’s population is 69 million.
  7. 100 years ago, more than 100,000 elephants lived in Thailand, while today there are only about 5,000.
  8. 75% of people in Thailand are Thai, 14% are Chinese and 11% are of other ethnicities.
  9. Thailand has the largest poisonous snake in the world, the royal snake. The snake can reach more than 6 meters in length and a bite can kill an elephant.
  10. Thailand is home to the largest fish in the world that can reach 12 meters, also known as whale shark.
  11. Thailand was known as Siam until 1939.
  12. Thailand is known as the “land of smiles” because its people always seem to be ready to smile.
  13. Thailand has the largest gold Buddha in the world.
  14. Thailand is made up of 1430 islands.
  15. Thailand has the oldest monarchy in the world, dating from the 12th century.
  16. The current form of Buddhism practiced in Thailand is the Theravada school, which offers everyone the possibility of achieving nirvana without the help of saints or gurus.
  17. Thailand has more than 35,000 Buddhist temples.
  18. In Thailand it is illegal to drive naked.
  19. Thailand is the world’s largest rice exporter.
  20. One-tenth of Thailand’s entire population lives in Bangkok.
  21. Bangkok, the capital of Thailand has the longest city name in the world: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.
  22. The national flower of Thailand is the orchid.
  23. The first Siamese twins were born in Thailand.
  24. It is considered disrespectful to touch someone on the head, even if they are children.
  25. Monarchy and religion are the two most sacred things in Thailand.
  26. Socially, it is the duty of every Thai man to spend at least three months of his life as a monk in a monastery.
  27. Thai is a complicated language and has its own alphabet.
  28. Traditional Thai art is imbued with Hindu and Buddhist religious symbols.
  29. Classical dances have been an integral part of Thai culture for centuries. Each region of Thailand has its own dance form.
  30. Thai cuisine is spicy, and seasoned with a lot of garlic, peppers, and a mixture of lemon, herb-prince and fresh coriander juice.