20 amazing facts you may not have known about Thailand.
#1. Thailand is the only Southeast Asian nation to never have been colonised by an European country.
#2. Thailand has more birds than Europe and America combined. One-tenth of all animal species on Earth live in Thailand!
#3. The largest gold Buddha statue in the world is located in the temple of Wat Traimit in Bangkok Thailand. It weighs a staggering 5.5 tons (5,500 kilograms). At US$1,400 per troy ounce, the gold in the statue (18 karat) is estimated to be worth 250 million dollars!
#4. The world’s longest road bridge is the 55-km (34-mile) long Bang Na expressway in Thailand.
#5. Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the richest king in the world with an estimated worth of $30 billion. He also owns the 545-carat Golden Jubilee Diamond, the largest cut and faceted diamond in the world.
#6. Suwannaphum Airport in Bangkok has the world’s fastest airport WiFi service at a whopping speed of 41.45 Mbps, according to a study 2015.
#7. Bangkok is the 2nd most popular tourist destinations on the planet with 18.24 millions visitors expected 2015. London is number one (18.82 millions).
#8. Thailand houses the world’s largest fish, the 12-meter whale shark (Rhincodon typus).
#9. Buddhism is practiced by 95 per cent of the population. Highest proportion of Buddhists in the world.
#10. Thailand is the world’s number one natural rubber and rice exporter.
#11. Bangkok holds the Guinness record for the longest name of a place – 169 letters! The full name of Bangkok is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.
#12. There is a fruit in northern Thailand, called Siraitia grosvenorii (also known as Luo Han Guo), whose extract is nearly 300 times sweeter than sugar and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat diabetes and obesity.
#13. 1,500 orchid species can be found growing wild in Thai forest. No wonder Thailand is the world’s largest orchid exporters.
#14. Kitti’s hog-nosed bat, also known as the bumblebee bat, is the world’s smallest mammal and live in Thailand. It weights just two grams.
#15. According to new figures reported by Reuters, Thailand will have more solar power capacity than all of Southeast Asia combined this year.
#16. Thailand is home to the world’s longest poisonous snake, the king cobra. The cobra can reach more than 5.5 m long (18 feet), and one bite from it can kill an elephant.
#17. Siamese cats are native to Thailand (the country changed its name from “Siam” to “Thailand” in 1939). In Thai they cats are called wichien-maat, meaning “moon diamond.”
#18. The brothers who gave the world the term “Siamese twins” were born in 1811 in a village near Bangkok.
#19. In 1999, 30 vets worked to heal a 38-year-old cow elephants’ foot, which had been destroyed when she stepped on a landmine in Thailand. It set the record for the largest number of vets in one procedure.
#20. Siam Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok was the most instagrammed place in the world 2013.