Do you believe you know everything about Thailand? Don’t get surprised at the list that follows; there is really a lot of interesting facts that you might not have discovered yet.

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  1. The ceremonial name of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, contains 169 tweet busting letters: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadiklokphop Noppharatratchathaiburikom Udonratchaniwetmahathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattyawitsanukamprasit.

  1. Thailand is ahead of London in terms of non-resident visitors. 16 million tourists are expected to visit the country this year and the number continues to increase, as its popularity becomes known to many.

  2. Temples in Thailand number to about 35 thousand and to visit any of them requires that you are in modest clothing (no sleeveless shirts or shorts are allowed).

  3. Thais consider the head as the most significant part of the body, so even a child’s head should not be touched by anyone. When they meet someone who is older or higher in social rank or prominence, they bow their heads as a show of respect.

  4. Ten per cent of the entire Thailand population resides in Bangkok, the country’s largest city and its capital.

  5. Thailand is home to the smallest mammal in the world, the bumble bee bat, as well as to the largest fish, the whale shark.

  6. Thailand flies many other flags along with its national flag that is raised at 8am and lowered at 6pm. The other flags are called “Royal flags” and they are flown in the country to honor the monarchy. The Royal flags are a familiar sight in Thailand.

  7. Thailand holds a festival for monkeys every year and it is called the “Monkey Buffet”. It is held at the place leading to the temple of Pra Prang Sam Yot in Lopburi province. The festival is held by the locals as their way of saying “thank you” to the monkeys for bringing in a lot of tourists to the place that they inhabit. About 600 monkeys are invited; and the buffet consists mainly of 2 tons of meat, ice cream, fruits and other treats.

  8. Thailand is commonly associated by people to elephants. As of today, over 5,000 elephants are found in the country with 50 per cent domesticated. Centuries ago there were 100,000 of these largest living land animals, with 20 per cent of them wild.

  9. The Great Buddha, the 9th tallest statue in the world is located in Thailand.

Thailand is such an interesting and unique country that stopping at number 10 facts is quite a feat. When you come to Thailand for a visit, you will realize how special this country can be.