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Interesting Info you might not know about Thailand

  • 06
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  • 2016

Ever thought about visiting Thailand? Many people consider Thailand to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Its rich culture, heritage, beaches, and landscapes make it a popular tourist destination all year round. If you’re planning a trip to Thailand why not educate yourself about some of its lesser known facts and quirks.

It’s all in a name

In the native Thai language, Thailand is pronounced Prathet Thai, which actually means ‘Land of the Free.’ It is this slogan which drives so many people to Thailand every single day for its extreme sports, incredible sightseeing, and travel opportunities. And it’s interesting to know that Thailand is the only country in SE Asia that was never colonized by a European nation.

Thailand map

Hidden talent in a hilarious world record

Thailand has talent you probably aren’t even aware of. If you thought it was the Greeks that were serious about plates, then think again because it is Thailand who set the world record for the longest line of washed plates back in May 2010 when a staggering 10,488 washed plates were lined up. Unfortunately, Thailand didn’t work hard enough to maintain this prestigious record as it was crushed on April 6, 2011, in India when 15,295 washed plates were lined up, equalling more than 2.36 miles – now that’s a long line of plates.

Thailand Guiness record

Unfortunately, Thailand didn’t work hard enough to maintain this ‘prestigious’ record, and it was crushed on April 6, 2011, in India when 15,295 washed plates were lined up, equalling more than 2.36 miles.

Now that was a long line of plates, but Unilever Thai Trading wasn’t willing to give up and lined up 40,800 washed plates measuring 6.7 miles in length. Thailand got its record back again.

Thailand LOVE their elephants

Elephants are the signature animal of Thai culture. Back in 1999, 30 veterinarians worked together to heal a 38-year-old cow elephant’s foot, which had been destroyed when she stepped on a landmine in Thailand. This set a new record for the largest number of vets in one procedure.

Elephant and monks Thailand

A little like Venice

Bangkok once had the title of ‘Venice of the East’ – bet you didn’t know that? Bangkok and its original buildings originally stood on stilts above the Chao Phraya River. As Bangkok grew larger, it became too vast for the stilts and most of the canals were filled and paved.

Bangkok Thailand water market

Are you a lover of nature?

Thailand is one of the greatest nature hotspots in the world. One-tenth of all animal species on earth live in Thailand, so it’s an excellent place to visit should you want to enjoy some amazing natural sights.

If you are considering visiting Thailand, don’t think about it, just DO IT! There’s nothing to lose and everything to GAIN.

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