8 Fun Facts About Thailand

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Thailand is an amazing country that stuns the visitor in many ways. Thus, get ready for some fun facts about Thailand in numbers 🙂

8 Fun Facts About Thailand

  • 2 grams weights the world’s smallest mammal. It is the Kitti’s Hog-nosed bat which is also known as the bumblebee bat. It is a vulnerable and rare species of bat and the only extant member of the family Craseonycteridae. It occurs in Western Thailand in the Kanchanaburi province, more specifically in the Sai Yok National Park, where it occupies limestone caves along rivers.
Kitty's Hog nosed bat (photo credit: nationmultimedia.com)

Kitty’s Hog-nosed bat (photo credit: nationmultimedia.com)

  • 95% of all Thai people are Buddhists. Thai tradition supports laymen to go into a monastery for a certain time period. This retreat is expected of all male Thais and is commonly scheduled after high school. Such retreat brings honour to the family and merit to the young man.
Young novices entering a monstery in Thailand (photo credit: Siwaphong Pakdeetawan, Instagram@knack66)

Young novices entering a monastery in Thailand (photo credit: Siwaphong Pakdeetawan, Instagram@knack66)

  • 169 letters has the official name of the capital Bangkok: It is known to Thais as Krung Thep Maha Nakho, but its full ceremonial name is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.
View from Baiyoke Sky Tower on the capital Bangkok (photo taken by myself)

View from Baiyoke Sky Tower on the capital Bangkok (photo taken by myself)

  • 70% of all animal and bird species are living in Thailand. Thus, Thailand is one of the world’s countries richest in species. There are over 200 different reptiles living in Thailand according to Thai National Park’s ‘List of reptiles’.
A country rich in species (photo credit: Siwaphong Pakdeetawan, Instagram@knack66)

A country rich in species, here a lizard (photo credit: Siwaphong Pakdeetawan, Instagram@knack66)

  • 172 meters high is the world tallest stupa. It is located in Nakhom Pathom and called Phra Pathom Chedi. It was completed in 1870 and the name Phra Pathom Chedi means ‘the first holy stupa’.
Phra Pathom Chedi (photo credit: ScorpianPK, wikimedia.org)

Phra Pathom Chedi (photo credit: ScorpianPK, wikimedia.org)

  • 1430 islands are there in Thailand, ranging from desert islands to spectacular islands. Some are well-known and popular among tourists while others are still pristine.
Angthong Islands National Marine Park (photo credit: Amazing Thailand, FB page)

Angthong Islands National Marine Park (photo credit: Amazing Thailand, FB page)

  • 1586 meters long was the catwalk of the Pattaya International Fashion Week in 2010. Thus, it was a Guinness World Record in Pattaya.
  • 1,500,000 Bath (around 37.000 Euro) was paid for a painting created by eight elephants from the Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai. The painting measured 2,4 x 8 meters.
A paiting elephant (photo credit: elephantpaintings4you.com)

A paiting elephant, a fun fact about Thailand (photo credit: elephantpaintings4you.com)

Well, did you know all that? Do you know more amazing and astonishing fun facts about Thailand? Feel free to comment 🙂

Yours, Sirinya

(Reference: Thailand Magazin TAT 2015, German Version)

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