17 Facts about Thailand

Good to know about Thailand

Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in Asia and for many travelers their starting point for a tour of this part of the world. The beautiful temples, bounty islands and delicious food are well known to most, but if you travel through Thailand it is also interesting to know a little more about this beautiful country. Therefore, below 17 facts about Thailand.

1. The name 'Thailand' in Thai is 'Prathet Thai', which means 'Land of the Free'. Thailand is therefore the only country in Southeast Asia that has never been colonized by a European nation.

2. Thailand is home to the world's largest golden Buddha, largest crocodile farm, largest restaurant, and tallest hotel in the world.

3. The world's smallest mammal, the Craseonycteris Thonglongyai (the bumblebee bat) is found in Thailand.

4. Bangkok's full name is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. This means: The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impenetrable city (as opposed to Ayutthaya) of the god Indra, the great capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, rich in a huge Royal Palace resembling the heavenly abode where the reincarnated god reigns, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.

5. The Thai alphabet has 32 vowels and 44 consonants.

6. One tenth of all animal species on earth live in Thailand.

7. Thailand is home to the world's longest snake, the reticulated python. The largest ever found was over 10 meters from end to end.

8. Thailand is also home to the world's longest poisonous snake, the king cobra. A bite from this snake can kill an elephant.

9. The Mekong River, which forms part of Thailand's eastern border, contains more than 1,300 species of fish. Some of the world's largest freshwater fish, including the gigantic catfish that can reach 10 meters in length, live here.

10. A century ago, more than 100,000 elephants lived in Thailand, of which about 20,000 were untamed. Now there are about 5,000, of which less than half live in the wild.

11. The King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej is the world's longest reigning monarch. In June 1946 he was crowned King Rama IX. Born in the US in 1927, he was sent to Harvard by his father to study medicine. He also owns a patent on a form of cloud seeding and has a degree in engineering from Switzerland. He also plays the sax and has composed the national anthem of Thailand.

12. Thailand is the world's largest tin producer.

13. About 35 to 38 million foreign tourists visit Thailand every year. Many emigrants from developed countries also live in Thailand.

14. The population of Thailand stands at 69,43 million ranking it 20th in the world.

15. Young people are allowed to go to a club when they are 15 years old, but are not allowed to drink and only when accompanied by both parents.

16. Don Mueang International Airport has the highest control tower in the world at 132.2 meters.

17. Bangkok is also called the 'Venice of the East' because of the large number of canals.

And this is why Thailand is one of the best countries to retire, Thailand the land of smiles.