Thailand is an amazing country filled with wonderful people, delicious food, gorgeous beaches, and is a must-see for everyone at least once in their life. Before you purchase your ticket and pack your bags, check out a few more interesting facts about the “Land of The Free”.
Did you know that Bangkok, Thailand is the World’s #1 tourist destination? With an expected 20 million tourists per year, it surpasses Paris, London, New York, and Dubai! With all that Thailand has to offer, it really is no surprise.
It also has the city with the longest name in the world! Thai natives refer to Bangkok as “Krung Thep” however its true name is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”.
Thailand is home to an actual monkey college! In southern Thailand, the city of Surat Thani, Thailand has a college for monkeys and actually trains them to collect coconuts and to perform. If they do well and “graduate”, they receive a feast!
Thailand was originally known as Siam. In 1811, the first known conjoined twins, Chang and Eng Bunker, born in a city near Bangkok, and were the first “Siamese twins”. They eventually traveled the world in Circus shows as “curiosities” and settled in the United States in North Carolina to become wealthy landowners. They both married and fathered twenty-one children between the two of them!
Placing your foot or stepping on Thai money is illegal since the Thai baht features an image of the late King Rama IX. In Thailand culture, feet are considered the lowest part of the body and would be disgraceful to the king to place your foot on his image.
It is illegal in Thailand to be in public without wearing underwear and driving a car without a shirt on is also illegal. Though the heat may get to you if you visit in March-June, don’t leave the comfort of your hotel without remembering to have these items of clothing on you.
If a trip to Thailand is not in your immediate future, come visit us at Thaiphoon in Arlington, VA for some delicious and authentic Thai food. Call us today at 703-413-8200 to make a reservation or place an order to go.