What do most people not know about Thailand?

Thailand is a beautiful country with a long, proud history. Of the millions of travellers who flock to its shores every year, only a few end up learning something about the history or the culture of the Land of Smiles. Whether you’ve been or are planning to go, here are some fact you probably didn’t know about Thailand.

1 Prostitution in Thailand is technically illegal, but the law is implemented very little. The number of Sex Workers in Thailand is more than 30,000 to 1 million.

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2 Tenth of the entire population of Thailand lives in Bangkok. It is the capital of this great nation, and of course, the largest city is also.

3 There are about 35,000 Temples in Thailand. Thailand is actually a country of temples.

4 The world’s largest snake in Thailand is reticulated python in the Thai jungles. The biggest ever found was 33 feet long.

5 Thailand is made up of approximately 1,430 islands. Many islands have become famous after being shown in Hollywood Movies.

6 Thailand made a world record of the longest line of plates in May 2010, which was a record of 10,488 plates. However, this record was broken on April 6, 2011, in India with 15,295 washed plates.

7 The world’s largest Gold Buddha in Thailand, the largest Crocodile Farm, largest restaurant, longest suspension bridge, and the world’s largest hotel.

8 Buddhism is Thailand’s largest religion, in which about 94.6% of the population adhere to religion. Muslims are 4.6%, Christians 0.7% and “others” are 0.1%.

9 Thailand has the world’s largest fish, which is 12-meter long, known as Rinconodon typeus and Whale Sharks.

10 Thailand made the record for the longest catwalk on April 9, 2010. The catwalk was 1,584 meters long.

11 In Bangkok, traffic police wear facemasks due to the dangerous levels of Air Pollution.

12 The world’s longest place is Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, whose full name is: ‘Krung Thep Mahanakon Aman Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Paman Awatansathit Sakkathattiya witsanukam Prasit.’

13 Thailand is home to some great universities and prestigious institutions, but it’s also home to some which are a little more unusual. In Surat Thani, Thailand has a monkey college – that’s right, a college for monkeys. In these institutions, monkeys are trained to perform and collect coconuts, and are rewarded with a huge feast once they graduate.

14 Before leaving your hotel in Thailand, double check to make sure you’re wearing underwear as it’s illegal to leave the house without it on. It’s also illegal to drive a car without wearing a shirt in Thailand.

15 Halloween isn’t really celebrated in Thailand, but ghosts are. Ghosts are widely believed in in Thailand, and form a large part of a person’s daily routine.

Don’t you feel enlightened? Well, once you’re done being the smart one in your group by telling them what you just learnt, get your Thailand Visa, book your flight ticket and head off to the shores of Thailand.

Source : quora, theculturetrip.com.