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7 Amazing Thailand Facts You Should Know

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Thailand is one of the most famed and visited Southeast Asian countries. It has the warmest locals, charming ever culture, wonderful architecture, breathtaking nature, unspoiled islands and beaches, mouth-watering foods, and most importantly, the hassle-free travel and Thailand visa procedures. Apart from these, there are some amazing and interesting things to know about Thailand – some of which you’ll be aware and some not. So come test your knowledge about Thailand by taking a look at these surprising facts about the country.

  • Thailand is the ‘Land of the Free’

In Thai language, Thailand is known as Prathep Thai. And it absolutely lives up to its literal meaning, ‘Land of the Free.’ After all, it holds the distinction of being the only country in the Southeast Asia that was never occupied by the European colonial powers.

  • The official name of Thailand’s capital city is the longest of its kind

Thailand is famous all over for its largest as well as the vibrant capital city, Bangkok. But did you know that the official name of its capital city is the world’s longest city name? So get ready to give your tongue a twist or exercise; the official name of Bangkok is, ‘Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.’

This comprises Pali and Sanskrit words and is translated in English as the city of angels, the glorious city, the abode of the Emerald Buddha, the invincible city of Lord Indra (unlike Ayutthaya), the world’s imposing capital blessed with nine precious gems, the cheerful city with an enormous Royal Palace which resembles the heavenly abode reigned by the reincarnated god.”

  • Find the world’s largest and smallest creature in Thailand
Black and beige monitor lizard, Thailand
Black and beige Monitor lizard
Photo by Sudipta Mondal from Pexels

Yes, Thailand bags this rare credit of being the country that inhabits both the largest and smallest creature in the world. Growing to a length of up to just 33 centimetres and weighing not more than two grams, the Bumblebee Bat is the world’s smallest mammal and you can find them in Thailand’s Sai Yok National Park at Kanchanaburi Province. Speaking of the largest creatures, you’ll not only find the biggest fish (white shark) in the sea but also the largest of its kind lizard, known as Monitor Lizard (growing up to seven feet).

  • Siamese cats are actually from Thailand
Siamese cats Thailand
Image by Andreas Lischka from Pixabay

Siamese cats are captivating for its distinctive charm and sleek appearance. It’s one of the world’s oldest cat breeds and more fascinatingly, it’s believed to have been originated in Thailand, back in the 14th century. This is also found mentioned in an ancient Thai manuscript. Many interesting beliefs revolve around this type of cat. For instance, its considered auspicious to gift a Siamese cat to the brides.

  • Thailand has only a fraction of forest than it had a century ago

Any people travelling to Thailand instantly fall for its lush yet supremely appealing landscape with verdant jungles, laid-back islands, and other natural formations such as mountains, waterfalls, natural hot springs, striking valleys etc. However, the sad reality is that the country, especially in its northern part, was once completely blanketed with dense forests and trees. In fact, what now left is just a quarter of than it did over a hundred years ago. But the good news is that the logging activities are now completely banned in the country.

  • There is a festival dedicated to monkeys

One of the main reasons that make Thailand really unique is its weird beliefs and alluring festivals including the monkey buffet festival. It takes place annually in the province of Lophuri, also known as the land of monkeys, with thousands of long-tailed macaques. Interestingly, they are considered the descendants of Lord Hanuman. As indicative of its name, the festival’s major highlight is a sumptuous feast arranged for its revered residents, wherein they are allowed to devour on endless pounds of food including fresh tropical fruits, vegetables, desserts etc. Placed about 150 kilometers from the capital city of Bangkok, it’s held at a ruined Khmer shrine whose origin traces back to the 10th century.

  • Thailand has a type of fish which can walk on land
Cave Angel Fish in Mae Hongson, Thailand by Chulabush Khatancharden Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
Cave Angel Fish in Mae Hongson, Thailand by Chulabush Khatancharden Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Thailand is home to some rare and endangered wildlife and underworld species, and one of the most fascinating among them is the Cryptotora Thamicola. This is an amphibious fish which however is unlike any other fish species. With four legs, it’s not only able to swim out of water and walk like any other ordinary four-legged animal, but also come with the ability to climb the sheer rock surfaces along the waterfalls. This is probably the reason it’s also known as the Waterfall Climbing Cavefish. Interestingly, this fish is blind and mostly found in the caves across Northern Island.


From boasting one of the world’s longest-reigning monarchs to being the land of over 35,000 shrines, there are more such interesting facts about Thailand. So how many of these amazing Thailand facts are you already aware of? Let us know in the comment section below.

Village Food in Thailand – SHRIMP CURRY and FORAGED VEGETABLES in Trat, Thailand!

Trat is a beautiful tropical province in Eastern Thailand, home to a wonderful culture and lots of delicious food. But one of the best places to eat Thai food is in someone’s home, home-cooked food is the best.

Baan Huai Raeng – This is a beautiful tropical village, and they also offer home-stays and cultural tourism.

Khao haw kab mak– A mix of fried rice and ingredients all within a banana leaf and another outer wrapper. It was a delicious mix, soothing in the morning.

Khanom jeen sao nam–  Royal Thai food dish, that’s not common to find, and it was delicious.

The two main regional Thai food dishes cooked: Sour curry with a local vine called Sandan – I still can’t find the name in English of the local vine, and they made a sour curry with fish and shrimp. Awesome dish.

Gaeng kradom  – The little fruit is called Gymnopetalum chinense in English and it’s bitter tasting. They made a curry with shrimp and curry paste. It was awesome, I loved the bitterness. Interesting ingredients:

Chamuang  – gacinia cowa

Bai sandan – local vine

Kradom – Gymnopetalum chinense

It was a fantastic day in Trat, exploring regional Thai food and unique dishes and ingredients in the village!

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Source- Mark Wiens

Five Ways To Have A Fun Retreat In Thailand

While travelling abroad could be fun and exciting, there are times where you will get tired and exhausted too. During those times, you try to force yourself to go and try different extreme activities just so you could fulfil what’s written in your itinerary. You have to understand that there is no rush and that there are other alternative places to go to relax and reflect about life. Having a retreat is one of the best things you could ever do when you are in a different country.

If you are visiting Thailand, you have a handful of places to have a fun retreat as they also practice it with yoga, the temple worship and many more. See the list below to know more:

  • Try Yoga In The City
Yoga, fun retreat

Yoga is widely practised in Thailand and if you really want to relax and have a soothing kind of retreat, you should try yoga. Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practice and discipline. There are a lot of Yoga places to try in Thailand. Here are some of the best ones: Blooming Lotus Yoga, Samahita Retreat, Yoga Elements, Shambala Yoga, Absolute Yoga, The Yogarden, The Yoga Tree, Throughout Northern Thailand and many more.

Here is a guide on how you can choose the best yoga mats?

  • Visit The Temples
visiting temples, fun retreat

If you want to walk around and reflect on life at the same time, go to the city and visit the temples. The temples in Thailand are very picturesque but be sensitive as well because you do not want to disrespect other people’s culture right? Here are the temples that you should go to Wat Arun, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Suthat, Wat Benchamabofit, Wat Rong Khun, Wat Saket, Wat Mahathat, Wat Ched Yot and many more.

  • Do Muay Thai
Do Muay Thai, fun retreat

Muay Thai as a form of retreat may sound odd to some people but others will surely be able to relate. Some people find comfort and time to think when they’re doing sports and since muay Thai is the number one sport in Thailand, it is definitely a must-try. Here are the best places to try muay Thai: Lanna Muay Thai, Sitmonchai Gym, Kem Muaythai Gym, Attachai Muay Thai Gym, Santai Gym, Sitjaopho, Hongthong Gym and many more.

  • Eat Streetfood
eating street food, fun retreat

Thailand is known for having lots of street food stalls in the key cities like Bangkok, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. Eating has been proven to make people more relaxed and happy and it’s the kind of retreat that you will not take for granted. If you are eager to try out their local food, book those flights now. Here are the best dishes that you should try: Tom Yung Goong, Som Tum, Tom Kha Kai, Gaeng Daeng, Pad Thai, Khao Pad, Pad Krapoow Moo Saap, and many more.

  • Go To Beaches
going to beaches, a fun retreat

Beaches in Thailand are very peaceful and you will be able to have time to think and reflect on your life. The idea of sitting by the beach and exciting so if you go to Thailand, make sure you put these places on your itinerary: Ko Tao, Ko Samet, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Samui, Ao Nang, Ko Yao Yai and many more.

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Having a fun retreat does not have to be boring. You can still do it while travelling in your favourite place just like Thailand!

Mark Aldrin Hipolito is a writer for Kims, one of Australia’s perfect beach retreat places that offers a cluster of deluxe timber bungalows and spa villas on the beach. Mark also gives out guides and tips for people regarding on how the can enjoy their vacation and trips around the world.

5 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Thailand

5 things you need to know before visiting Thailand

Thailand is  a country that is part of the ASEAN community. It can be considered as one of the richest countries in Asia and it is also one of the most populated and frequented in the world. A lot of people from all around the globe are paving their way just to see the beauty of Thailand. Major key cities like Bangkok and Pattaya are travelers’ favorites.

If you wanna know more about Thailand, here are the five things you should know before you set foot in the beautiful country:

  • Tickets Are Cheap
Airline tickets are cheap- Thailand

In some airlines, they offer mega high-priced tickets but in most airlines, they are offering tickets that are very much affordable. One thing that you have to do is to wait for airlines promos so that you will be able to save more money for your trip. Always keep in mind that in traveling, it is much better to lose money in your destination that lose money because of your airline ticket. And that is one thing that you have to consider when you travel to Thailand. Tickets going to Thailand are fairly cheap so you should definitely grab one!

  •  Taxi Fares Can Be Really Pricey
Cabs in Thailand

This is a fact. Taxi fares can be really pricey especially if you are a foreigner. Most taxi drivers are taking advantage of tourists who doesn’t know the real price. If ever you encounter a demanding driver, try as much as possible to haggle. If you are looking for a more affordable ride to your hotel or to your tourist spot destination, go to the nearest bus station and book a ride.

  • They Have The Best Street Food

Street food places are rampant in Thailand and you will surely get tired because there are so many to choose from. Street food lovers will love Thailand because they have so much to offer. Some of the bestsellers that you can find on the streets of Thailand are the following: Som Tam, Khao Pad, Pad Thai Kung, Khao Mun Gai, Gai/Moo Bing, Sai Krok Issan, Pad Krapao Moo, Pla Pao and many more.

  • Rich Cultural Heritage
Rich cultural heritage in Thailand

Thailand has a very rich culture that is why it is important to show respect to their country because they are preserving their traditions and enriching their way of living. There is beauty in Thai culture and anyone will surely appreciate them all. Try visiting museums and visit historical shows in Thailand so you will have a better grasp on their history and culture.

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  • English Is Widely Spoken
English is widely spoken in Thailand

Most of the time, a lot of people have this notion that Asians are not great at speaking in English but that’s actually not true. In fact, most Asian countries are now requiring their citizens to practice speaking the English language just like in Thailand. You will not get a hard time locating your destination if ever you get lost in Thailand because it’s just easy to ask people for directions since majority can speak and understand the English language.

Thailand is really a beautiful country and you should definitely book your flights now. It is also a great place to have some retreat just like in other countries. You will surely have one of the best experiences of your life if you set foot in Thailand.

Author bio:

Mark Aldrin Hipolito is a writer for Kims, one of Australia’s perfect beach retreat places that offers a cluster of deluxe timber bungalows and spa villas on the beach. Mark also gives out guides and tips for people regarding on how the can enjoy their vacation and trips around the world.

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