Denis Foynes – Would you like to impress your friends with interesting facts from around the globe? Live and Invest Overseas News can help.
This is the series in which each week you can read ten facts about one of our destinations. This week we have beautiful Thailand.
Here are ten facts about Thailand
1. It is easy to underestimate the size of the country, however it is nearly the same size as Spain.
2. The name “Thailand” in the Thai language is Prathet Thai, which means “Land of the Free.” It is appropriate as the nation is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized by a European nation.
3. Ten percent of all animal species in the world live in the country, including the longest poisonous snake in the world, the King Cobra.
4. It is illegal in Thailand to drive with your shirt off or to step on any of the nation’s currency. It is also illegal to leave the house without wearing underwear. It is not clear how the law is enforced.
5. The energy drink Red Bull has its origins in Thailand. The drink was originally called Red Guar (a kind of Ox), which is a little less memorable.
6. While it’s normal in the western world to eat three square meals a day, in Thailand people eat four or five times. What a place.
7. Tiger Woods is one of their famous sons. While Wood’s father is from the United States, his mother is Thai.
8. In 2008, Bangkok was ranked the best city in the world according to Travel and Leisure magazine. It’s little wonder that each year around six million foreign tourists visit the country.
9. Putting a couple cubes of ice in your beer is the norm in Thailand due to the extreme heat. It will shock you at first but after living there for a while it will make more sense to you.
10. In Thailand , the head is the most important part of the body. Therefore, no one must ever touch another person, even a child, on the head. Thais always attempt to keep their heads lower than the head of any person who is older or more significant, as a sign of respect.