Maya is fascinated by cultural etiquette and likes knowing how to make a good impression wherever she goes!
Thailand is known worlwide as a great tourist destination, thanks to its attractive beaches, tropical climate and more, we all agree that it is a very interesting place to visit, but, do you think you know a lot about Thailand?
Well, don't worry, this article will reveal 10 interesting facts about Thailand that you may never have known.
1. The Word ''Thailand'' Means ''Land Of The Free''.
Why ''Land Of The Free''? that is because Thailand is the only southeast Asian country that was never colonized by an European country. In Thai the name of the country is ''Prathet Thai'' which as indicated above means, ''Land Of The Free''.
2. The Royal Family Is Adored And Deeply Respected.
Thais love and respect their king and the entire royal family.
Thailand follows the Lése Majesté law, wich means that any disrespect towards the king, queen or royal heirs is punished with inprisonment for treasom.
And also the Mother's and Father's Day in Thailand are celebrations for the king and queen and not for one's mother and father, and are celebrated nation-wide by the Thai people.
3. It's Considered Disrespectful To Touch Anyone On Their Head.
According to the Thai culture, the head is considered to be the most important part of the body. Which means that no one should touch the head of another person, even a child. Most of the time Thais try to keep their heads lower than the head of anyone older than them or anyone in a higher position, they do that to show their respect and acknowledgment to the other person.
4. Bangkook's Ceremonial Name Is One Of The Largest In The World.
Bangkook is not only Thailands largest city but also one-tenth of the entire Thai population live there. The ceremonial name of Bangkook is 'Krungthepmahanakhon Amonarattanakosin Mahimtharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirum Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit', and the meaning is 'City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by visvakarman at indra's behest'.
5. Monkeys Festival.
In the month of november there is an anual festival called ''Lapburi Monkey Banquet'', that is held in front of a temple called Praprang Sam Yat in the province of Lapburi.
Over 600 monkeys are invited to attend the banquet with a buffet of over two tons of food, all prepared with love and care by the locals. The buffet consists of rice, fruits, salads, etc. The festival is hosted with the belief that good luck will come after treating the monkeys with love and respect.
6. Siamese Cats.
Thailand is the country where siamese cats originated from, in the past Thailand used to be known as the ''Kingdom of Siam''.
An old poetry book from the 14th century described how there used to be 23 different types of siamese cats, but sadly nowadays are only six.
Thais love this type of cats as they believe that their presence brings good luck, that is why it is considered a nice gesture to present a bride with a pair of siamese cats on her wedding day.
7. The National Anthem.
The Thai national anthem is so important that it is even played at movie theaters. After the previous and before a movie starts, people are suposed to stand and pay respect to the kingdom as the national anthem plays.
8. More Than 9 Out Of 10 People In Thailand Are Buddhist.
Buddhism is not the official religion of the country (it doesn't have one), but according to the U.S. Departament of State, it seems that about 95% of Thailand's population are Buddhist.
The king must be buddhist, it is a requirement since he is considered the ''Guardian of the faith''.
9. The World's Largest Buddha Statue Is In Thailand.
The largest solid gold Buddha is in Thailand and it is 15-foot-tall (457,2 cm), and it is a gold statue of Phra Phuttha Maha Suwana Patimakon. This statue it is in Bangkook's temple, Wat Tarimit, it weighs 5.5 tons and is worth millions of dollars.
10. There Is A ''Museum Of Death''.
The official name of this museum is ''Siriaj Medical Museum'', and it is dedicated to everything related to medicine and science. It is called museum of death because a lot of what can be seen there has to do with death, for example photos of fatalities from some past natural catastrophe or even a mumified serial killer. It would be better to visit it after eating since I don't think you will be able to eat after your visit to the ''Museum of death''.
Thailand is such an unique and interesting country, and obviously there are many more other interesting facts about this colorful country that I'm looking forward to share with you in some other articles.