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WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 39458 [post_author] => 5243 [post_date] => 2015-11-17 06:30:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-11-16 19:30:19 [post_content] => You might have tasted the best of Pad Thai or even visited the narrowest lanes of Bangkok and Phuket and know them inside out. The customs and culture of the Thais might seem unique to those who are unfamiliar with the people and traditions of the region. Here are 10 startling facts about Thailand you did not know. They are sure to leave you awestruck as you read them. 1. Did you know? The ceremonial name of Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit ( We know how hard it is to pronounce!). This mile long name literally means “City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra‘s behest”. It is apparently learnt by the school children in Thailand as a nursery rhyme. interesting facts about thailand

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2. ‘Thailand’, in Thai, means ‘Land of the Free’, since it was never colonised by any foreign rulers. Before this name was officially adopted, the nation was called Siam, which in Sanskrit means “dark” or “brown". 3. If you are an adventurous person and love beaches then you’ll want to stay in Thailand forever. Thailand has over 1,400 islands within its territory. That’s a lot! 10 Startling Facts About Thailand That You Did Not Know

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4.One of the most unusual festivals in Thailand is the annual Monkey Buffet. Held in front of the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in the Lopburi province, more than 600 monkeys are invited to feast on over two tonnes of fruits, sweets and other treats. That’s quite a feast for the monkeys! 5. Thailand is home to the world’s largest water festival known as the Songkran festivalwhich takes place occurs during the hottest month (April) in Thailand. [caption id="attachment_34160" align="alignnone" width="640"]facts about thailand  Photo courtesy of Anthony Bouch used under the Creative Commons Licence[/caption] 6.  You can’t beat the heat in the capital city. Bangkok is known to be one of the hottest cities in the world during summer. The temperature soars above 40 degree Celsius (104F). 7. Love orchids? You’ll find them in abundance. Thailand is the world’s no.1 exporter of Orchids, with an annual export worth THB 2.6 Billion. 8. Bangkok is the world’s most visited city. According to the Global Destinations Cities Index, Bangkok welcomes 16 million international arrivals a year. 9. Thailand is home to the world’s ninth tallest statue, The Great Buddha of Thailand, located at the Wat Muang Monastery in Ang Thong province. 10 startling facts about Thailand you didnt know

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10. Thailand’s lantern festival known as Yi Peng, which takes place in November is one of the most spectacular events in which thousands of paper lanterns are released to the sky. It is also the best time for tourists to visit Thailand. Know more about Thai culture and customs only on Asian Inspirations. [post_title] => 10 Facts About Thailand That You Did Not Know [post_excerpt] => Here are 10 startling facts about Thailand you did not know. Explore the unknown terrain of Thailand with these facts. They are sure to leave you awestruck. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 10-startling-facts-about-thailand-that-you-did-not-know [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-28 17:23:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-28 06:23:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://asianinspirations.com.au/?post_type=asian-culture&p=39458 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => asian-culture [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

10 Facts About Thailand That You Did Not Know

You might have tasted the best of Pad Thai or even visited the narrowest lanes of Bangkok and Phuket and know them inside out. The customs and culture of the Thais might seem unique to those who are unfamiliar with the people and traditions of the region.

Here are 10 startling facts about Thailand you did not know. They are sure to leave you awestruck as you read them.

1. Did you know? The ceremonial name of Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit ( We know how hard it is to pronounce!). This mile long name literally means “City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra‘s behest”. It is apparently learnt by the school children in Thailand as a nursery rhyme.

interesting facts about thailand

Photo courtesy of Eustaquio Santimano used under the Creative Commons Licence

2. ‘Thailand’, in Thai, means ‘Land of the Free’, since it was never colonised by any foreign rulers. Before this name was officially adopted, the nation was called Siam, which in Sanskrit means “dark” or “brown”.

3. If you are an adventurous person and love beaches then you’ll want to stay in Thailand forever. Thailand has over 1,400 islands within its territory. That’s a lot!

10 Startling Facts About Thailand That You Did Not Know

Photo courtesy of melenama used under the Creative Commons Licence

4.One of the most unusual festivals in Thailand is the annual Monkey Buffet. Held in front of the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in the Lopburi province, more than 600 monkeys are invited to feast on over two tonnes of fruits, sweets and other treats. That’s quite a feast for the monkeys!

5. Thailand is home to the world’s largest water festival known as the Songkran festivalwhich takes place occurs during the hottest month (April) in Thailand.

facts about thailand
 Photo courtesy of Anthony Bouch used under the Creative Commons Licence

6.  You can’t beat the heat in the capital city. Bangkok is known to be one of the hottest cities in the world during summer. The temperature soars above 40 degree Celsius (104F).

7. Love orchids? You’ll find them in abundance. Thailand is the world’s no.1 exporter of Orchids, with an annual export worth THB 2.6 Billion.

8. Bangkok is the world’s most visited city. According to the Global Destinations Cities Index, Bangkok welcomes 16 million international arrivals a year.

9. Thailand is home to the world’s ninth tallest statue, The Great Buddha of Thailand, located at the Wat Muang Monastery in Ang Thong province.

10 startling facts about Thailand you didnt know

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10. Thailand’s lantern festival known as Yi Peng, which takes place in November is one of the most spectacular events in which thousands of paper lanterns are released to the sky. It is also the best time for tourists to visit Thailand.

Know more about Thai culture and customs only on Asian Inspirations.

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