10 Interesting Facts on Thailand

Posted on 26 February 2013 by ABPC

Just for a little fun and people perhaps a little less familiar with Thailand here are 10 facts about Thailand (taken from http://www.experience-thailand.com/thailand-facts.html):

Full of several gorgeous beaches, the country will be delightful whether you’re a backpacker who wants to enjoy the sights and sounds of Phucket; or a businessman who plans to stay in a posh hotel in Bangkok – Thailand has something for everyone.

Before you visit the “Land of Smiles,” here are some interesting facts about the country:

1. Thai cuisine is world-famous
Thai food is extremely healthy and is famous for its spiciness. In fact, you can find Thai restaurants throughout the world, in cities such as London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Paris, Rome and Tokyo just to name a few.

2. Thai contestants have won the Miss Universe pageant twice
That happened in 1965 and 1988. Apasra Hongsakula won the competition in 1965, while Pornthip “Bui” Nakhirunkanok won the pageant in 1988. In fact, Ms. Hongsakula was the shortest winner ever crowned! She was 5 feet, 4 inches tall (1.63 meters) tall.

3. Rice is the dominant industry in Thailand
While rice is not the only industry in Thailand, it’s a key one. Until recent decades, rice was the central industry. Other important industries in Thailand include forestry, fishing, and manufacturing.

4. The Thai language resembles Tai
Tai is a language that people living in Southern China speak. Some experts believe that Thais lived in Southern China before migrating to Southeast Asia during the 500s or 600s AD.

5. About 95% of Thais are Buddhists
While the vast majority of Thais are Buddhists, the country also contains Muslims, Hindus and Christians.

6. During World War II, Japan occupied Thailand
The Allies defeated the Japanese in 1945. Afterwards, Thailand’s relationship with the United States began to develop.

7. Thailand was once called Siam
That was the nation’s official name until 1949. The word “Thai” in the Thai language translates into English as “freedom.”

8. Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to be colonized
In fact, Thai culture has resembled Cambodian culture since the 1200s. That happened after the Khmer Kingdom’s fall. Thailand is the longest reigning Kingdom in the world.

9. White elephants are honored in Thailand
In the past, Thai rulers esteemed them highly. Today, white elephants still function as an icon of peace and prosperity.

10. Thailand is roughly the size of France
The country’s land area is about 514,000 square kilometers, or 198,000 square miles. Thailand is also approximately the size of California, USA.

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