I’ve put together a list of interesting facts about Thailand that I’ve come across when travelling and reading about Thailand.
There are many many more, but these are the ones I enjoyed the most! And some on this list that I don’t see popup that often.
I hope you enjoy, and leave a comment with your favourite interesting facts about Thailand!
Interesting Facts About Thailand
- Bangkok is the worlds most-visited city of 2018, with 20.05 million visitors. London (19.83 million) taking the number 2 spot and Paris (17.44 million) at number 3.
- Thailand is the only Southeast Asian nation to never have been colonised by any Western power.
- The largest golden Buddha officially titled Phra Phuttha Maha Suwana Patimakon (Thai: พระพุทธมหาสุวรรณปฏิมากร; Sanskrit: Buddhamahāsuvarṇapaṭimākara) in the world is located in the temple Wat Traimit Samphanthawong Bin Bangkok Thailand. Its weight of 5.5 tonnes (5,500 kilograms). At one point in its history, the statue was covered with a layer of stucco and coloured glass to conceal its true value, and it remained in this condition for almost 200 years.
- Thailand is the origin of about 1300 species and 180–190 genera of orchids, comprising the major tropical orchids in the world. These wild Thai orchids grow naturally in various habitats and have unique flowers, stems, leaves, and roots.
- Bangkok holds the Guinness record for the longest name of a place. The full name of Bangkok is: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.
- The largest Buddhism population in the world lies in Thailand, at around 95 per-cent.
- The name Siam was the former name of Thailand. After reforms from 1932 transformed the country from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy, the name was then changed to Thailand in 1939. In 1945 the name reverted back to Siam and in 1949 it was changed back to Thailand.
- Siamese cats are native to Thailand and are one of the oldest breeds in the world. They were also considered to be sacred and were used to guard Buddhist temples.
- Thailand is the world’s number one natural rubber and rice exporter.
- The Bang Na Expressway (officially Burapha Withi Expressway) is the world’s longest road bridge at 34-mile (55-km) long. It’s a six-lane elevated highway that crosses only a bit of water, the Bang Pakong River. Constructing the massive bridge required more than 1,800,000 cubic meters of concrete.