Traditional "sawatdee" greeting was accepted in Thailand only after WWII. Before to greet each other Thais use "gin khao leo?" phrase that means "have you eaten yet?"
Thailand has Muay Thai as its national sport.
‘Muay’ stands for boxing and ‘Muay Thai’ simply means Thai boxing. Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and is also known as ‘The Art of Eight Limbs’ as the hands, shins, elbows and knees are used extensively in this art.
Thais consider this martial art as a very serious matter, sometimes they even consider Muaythai as a religion
Chilis aren’t native to Thailand, even if they are in almost all of their dishes. Before portuguese merchants turned up in Asia, Thai people used pepper to add heat to their food. Nowadays, chilis are in all Thai cuisine.
Prik is the word you’ll need to learn in Thai because you always have to control the amount of it in your dish to avoid tongue-destroying heat
Did you know that the Thai name for Bangkok is the longest name for a city in the world? Bangkok is the fourth and hopefully last of the Thai capitals. ... The name Krung Thep is actually just the first two words of the full city name, which actually comes from a poem: “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”.
The overall rule is that alcoholic beverages can only be sold during the hours of 11:00 – 14:00 & 17:00 – 00:00 (midnight) every day at stores and supermarkets. These times were introduced by the Prime Minister's Office in 2015 and apply countrywide.
Durian is a unique fruit. Thai people say about it: hell outside, paradise inside. It has such a specific smell that it is forbidden to store it indoors and bring it in public transport. However, this fruit is called The King of Fruits and is highly regarded for its beneficial properties and incredible taste.
One of Thailand’s biggest problems with plastic use is plastic cups and straws. Thai people use straws for pretty much everything they drink, including plastic water and soda bottles. The plastic straws are wrapped in plastic and then placed inside a plastic bag to carry out of the store. As for the cups, the popular fresh fruit shakes are always handed out in flimsy plastic cups that easily break apart forming smaller microplastics that end up in our seas or polluting the soil. Thailand is facing a serious environmental challenge caused by millions of tonnes of plastic. In fact, it is the fifth biggest contributor in the world to ocean waste.
Thailand is Asia Pacific’s most popular tourist destination
9 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THAILAND
Every country is unique and special in its traditions, culture, way of life, etc., and, of course, Thailand is no exception.
After I spent quite some time there, I highlighted 9 interesting facts about Thailand and Thai culture and made 9 artworks on the features of this country.
Plastic surgery in Thailand became serious business in the later part of twentieth century when the nation faced financial crunch. Surgeons were sent out overseas to learn and high quality equipment was purchased by the government. This action paid off years later and Thailand became one of medical tourist destination. Plastic surgery in Thailand has one of the most competitive price in the world.