Globe Trotter in Thailand - [Update] - Interesting Facts and humble thanks

Day 3,114, 15:42 Published in Thailand North Korea by Silexu

Short thanks section
The pattern I observed in previous countries was that people were very excited about the Hi article and less about the final one. You could see that in the number of votes which was higher in the first article.

In Thailand I had 29 votes with the first article and when I reached the same number with the final article I said it worth the effort.

My surprise came later today when I saw the number of votes exploding. Accidentally, looking for one of my posts I've saw at least two players actively promoting the article: Helen Moon and PutinPower. Probably there were many but I could not spot them. Thank you!

A. Beauty of Thailand
Usually I am searching more articles for source of inspiration. But 100 reasons seams to be enough: 100 Reasons to Visit Thailand

"Thailand is a country known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha, a revered symbol. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canal and riverside communities. Here are 100 Reasons to visit Thailand."

One picture is worth a thousand words

Grand Palace, Bangkok

Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya

Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai Province

Wat Arun - Buddhist temple in Bangkok Yai district

Ayutthaya, former capital of Kingdom of Siam

Wat Chedi Luang, Buddhist temple in the historic centre of Chiang Mai

Wat Benchamabophit, Buddhist temple in the Dusit district of Bangkok

Wat Suthat, Buddhist temple in Bangkok

Wat Ratchanatdaram, Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon district

Wat Phra Kaew, the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand

Chiang Mai

Golden Buddha

Phuket island

Koh Chang, one of the largest Thai islands in the Gulf of Thailand

Luxurious Relaxation in Ko Samui

Diver's dream

Phu Chi Fa, mountain and national forest park in the Thoeng District


Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

Sunrise on Koh Phangan

Ko Samet island

Songkran festival

Art in Paradise Bangkok

B. Interesting Facts about Thailand
Source: 61 Interesting Facts About . . . Thailand

- Thailand’s name in the Thai language is Prathet Thai, which means “Land of the Free.” It is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized by a European nation.
- In the past, all Thai young men including the kings became Buddhist monks for at least a short period of time before their 20th birthday. Today, fewer young men observe the practice.
- The longest place name in the world is the full name of Bangkok, the capital city of Thailan😨 Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. It 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.”
- Bangkok was once called the “Venice of the East” because its original buildings stood on stilts above the Chao Phraya River. However, as Bangkok grew larger, most canals were filled and paved.
- One-tenth of all animal species on Earth live in Thailand. More than 1,500 species of orchids grow wild in Thai forests.
- Thailand is home to what may be the world’s longest snake, the reticulated python. The largest one ever found stretched over 33 feet (10 m) from end to end. Also is home to the world’s longest poisonous snake, the king cobra. The cobra can reach more than 18 feet long, and one bite from it can kill an elephant.
- The national flag of Thailand is raised every morning at 8:00 and lowered every evening at 6:00. It was introduced in 1917 by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI). Its two horizontal red stripes symbolize the land and its people. The white horizontal stripes represent the purity of Buddhism, the nation’s main religion. The wide blue band across the center stands for the monarchy. Before 1917, the flag had a picture of a white elephant against a red background.
- The Ramakien is the national epic narrative of Thailand and has influenced everyday Thai life for hundreds of years. The story is actually the Thai version of Ramayana, a poem first told in India 3,000 year ago.
- Siamese cats are native to Thailand. In Thai they are called wichen-maat, meaning “moon diamond.” A 14th-century book of Thai poems describes 23 types of Siamese cats; today only six breeds are left.
- In Thailand, the head is the most important part of the body. Consequently, no one must ever touch another person, even a child, on the head. Thais always try to keep their heads lower than the head of any person who is older or more important, to show respect.
- Traditionally in Thailand, feet are considered lowly because they symbolize an attachment to the ground, which is a cause for human suffering. As such, a person must never sit with their feet pointing to a statue in a temple or at some other person. Feet must always be tucked underneath the body.

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