11 Fun Facts About Thailand History and Culture
Are you planning to visit beautiful Thailand? If so, you are in for a treat. Thailand has a lot to offer in terms of culture, nature, and tourist attraction sites. As a result, it receives a large number of tourists every year. The following are some fun facts about Thailand history and culture that you probably did not know:
Fact #1: Thailand Was Never Colonized
If you are familiar with Thailand’s history, you will know that Thailand is one of the few countries that were never colonized. Neighboring countries like Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia on the other hand, were colonized. Actually, the name of the country translates to the ‘’land of the free’’ in the Thai language.
Fact #2: It Has a Monkey College
As unusual or weird as it sounds, this fun fact about Thailand is actually true. The monkey college is located in an area known as Surat Thani. The monkeys are tamed and trained to do certain tasks. They include collecting coconuts and entertaining visitors. Once they learn the tasks completely, they are graduated and rewarded with a huge feast.
Fact #3: It Has The Longest City Name
The capital city of Thailand is Bangkok. It is known as Krung Thep by the Thais but this is just the short form. The full name is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”. You probably did not finish reading that; and it is completely understandable. It cannot even fit in a tweet!
Fact #4: It Is The Birthplace Of Red Bull
This famous energy drink was first made in Thailand in the year 1976. The target market for the drink at the time were the blue collar workers. It went by the name Krating Daeng. A man that goes by the name Dietrich Mateschitz was searching for something that could cure his jetlag.
When he came across the drink, he liked it and decided to go into business with the Thai owner. After that, the brand quickly went global. The are two types of Redbull, the original Thai version, and the European version.
Fact #5: It is a Land of Islands
If you know any islands in Thailand, you probably just know the popular ones: Koh Phi Phi, Phuket and Koh Samui. What if I told you there are 1430 islands in Thailand! You would have to spend a really long time in Thailand to be able to visit all of them. Some of the islands are well developed while others are untouched.
Fact #6: Not Wearing Underwear is illegal
Thailand seems to be really keen on the little details. When you think of something illegal, the first few things that will probably come to mind are stealing, drugs, trespassing, etc. But guess what, in Thailand, not wearing underwear is just as much of an offense.
Fact #7: It is the ‘’Land of Smiles’’
If you go to Thailand, you will notice there are smiles everywhere you go, hence the name ‘’the land of smiles’’. Everyone is usually ready to smile. Thailand treasures peace, which is a big part of their culture.
Fact #8: It has the Smallest and Largest Creatures
If you want to see the smallest mammal in the world, just pack your bags and book a flight to Thailand because it is home to the bumblebee bat. While in Thai, head to the waters and you will find the largest fish in the world; the whale shark.
Fact #9: Men were Monks
In the past, as a young man in Thailand, you had to become a Buddhist monk before you turned 20. It did not matter if you became one for just a short period of time. One just had to go through this stage.
Fact #10: Stepping on Money is Illegal
When we drop bank notes and the wind starts blowing them away, we try catching them by all means, including stepping on the bank notes with your feet. In Thailand, do not even think of doing so; it is illegal. This is because the bank notes have a picture of their late king and it would be disrespectful to him considering the Thai see the feet as the lowest most disrespectful part of the body. You will literally just have to chase after your money until you catch it, no matter how silly you may look.
Fact #11: It is Land of temples
Thailand has approximately 35000 temples. This is another big part of their culture. If you are planning to visit some of them, remember to put on modest clothing. As a general rule, do not wear shorts or sleeveless shirts as this is interpreted as a show of disrespect to the temples and the monks.
The fact that Thailand receives around 6,000,000 tourists in a year just shows how much she has to offer. So, if you love travelling, Thailand is the one place you can’t afford to miss travelling to.