Thailand for me has always been this mystical land where on one hand you have ultra modern amenities – and on the other deep rooted traditional values – Thai people have very well made a balance between the two. Today Thailand has become one of the ‘hot spot’ for tourists coming to Asia from all over the world. Like any other nation – Thailand too has some very interesting aspects to it – that today we are going to explore. I am sure some of the information provided will be an eye opener – and will definitely change your perspective towards this country.
1- In Thai language the meaning of the name Thailand is ‘Prathet Thai‘, which actually means “Land of the Free”. To an extent this makes perfect sense – as Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized by a European nation.
2- One of the world’s largest gold Buddha, as well as the largest crocodile farm, the largest restaurant, the longest single-span suspension bridge, and the world’s tallest hotel are all present in Thailand.
3- In earlier days, all young men including the kings/princes in Thailand used to become Buddhist monks for at least a short period of time before their 20th birthday. Today, there are very few men who follow this traditional practice.
4- Do you think that the name of your city is way too long and a tongue twister – then wait for what you are going to hear now. The longest place name in the world is the full name of Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. It simply 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.
5- Bangkok used to be popularly called as the “Venice of the East” and why not the original buildings in this country stood on stilts above the Chao Phraya River. However, as Bangkok grew larger, most canals were filled and paved.
6- It is amazing to know that about 1/10th of all the animal species on Earth live in Thailand.
7- We have the bald eagle as a symbol of the U.S., in the same way the Garuda (a creature from the Hindu religion) is a national and royal symbol of Thailand.
8- Thailand is a constitutional monarchy just like England.
9- Thailand has the world’s largest fish, the 12-meter Rhincodon typus, also known as the whale shark.
10- Thailand is also home to an amazing creature known as the mudskipper, which is basically a fish that is capable of walking on land and climbing trees. It actually uses its fins to “walk” and can absorb oxygen through its skin and lining in its mouth. A mudskipper spends most of its time out of the water, eating the algae in the tidal pools.
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