12 Apr Things you need to know about Thailand
Thailand: More for you to know.
Last month we brought you a list of things you need to know about Thailand, and this month we’re adding these additional interesting facts to inspire your visit.
95% of Thailand’s population are Buddhist and there was a time when all young men in Thailand, including royalty, were required to become Buddhist monks, even if only for a short period of time. This practice is no longer dictated.
Known as the Land of Temples, there are approximately 40 000 temples in Thailand, one holding the world record for housing the most expensive religious artifact in the world, namely the Wat Traimit gold seated Buddha that sits nearly 5 meters high, weighs 5.5 tons and is estimated to be worth 250 million dollars.
Thailand has many flags and you’ll notice the National flag of Thailand being raised each morning and lowered each evening. There are also many other Royal Flags that are flown along with the national flag to honor the monarchy.
Thailand used to be known as Siam, and it is the country where Siamese cats originated, though there used to be 23 types of Siamese cats originally, there are now only six. Giving a pair of Siamese cats to a bride on her wedding day is considered very good luck.
Thailand also gave the world the term Siamese twins (now referred to as conjoined twins) with the first set of Siamese twin brothers who were joined at the chest, born in 1811 in a village near Bangkok. Legend has it that they went on to father 22 children.
One of the country’s most unusual festivals is the annual Monkey Buffet, held in front of the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi province. More than 600 monkeys are invited to feast on over two tons of grilled sausage, fresh fruit, ice cream and other treats. The locals see it as a thank you to the monkeys, which inhabit the village and bring thousands of tourists there each year.
Showing respect for another person’s head is essential in Thailand. The head is considered to be the most important part of the body, and Thai culture forbids touching anyone on the head, even a child. Should you meet someone who is older or more important than you, it is best to lower your head in deference to show proper respect.
Muay Thai boxing is the national sport. It is known as “the art of eight limbs” as it uses punches, kicks, elbows and knees.
Thailand is the world’s largest exporter of rice.
In Thailand it is illegal to leave the house without underwear on, as well as to step on Thai currency.
Red Bull, the world-famous energy drink, has its roots in Thailand and is based on Krating Daeng, an energy drink made popular in Thailand that was established in 1976. Red Bull is said to have modified the drink to suit western tastes.
There you have it, yet more reasons to start planning your visit to Amazing Thailand.