For a long time, Thailand has been in the top destinations to visit in Asia. The Kingdom of Siam attracts millions of tourists every year with its numerous temples, exotic wildlife, beautiful beaches and floating markets… In addition of having an unique culture, the kindness and hospitality of Thai people embodies it the reputation of “Kingdom of Smile”.
6. According to the Guinness World Records, the official name of Bangkok is the world’s longest city name! Its full name is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit“. Which means “The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city of Ayutthaya of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn“. Thai people preferred to call it “Krung Thep” and foreigners “Bangkok”. Much easier, right?
12. Located in the heart of Bangkok, the MahaNakhon Tower is the tallest skyscrapers of the capital city and the country. The construction, by Bouygues Thai Ltd., began in 2011 and ended in 2016. The tower is about 314,2 meters high and has 75 floors where you can find apartments, shops, restaurants, bars and an hotel, “The Ritz-Carlton Résidences”.
14. In general, people associate “elephant” with Thailand. The reason is simple : there are more than 2 700 domestic elephants in the country ! Actually, more than 100 years ago, about 100 000 lived in Thailand, with one quarter of wild elephants.
16. If you go to Wat Traimit Witthayaram, a Buddhist temple situated in Bangkok, you will find the world’s most expensive statue of Buddha. This statue composed of 5 tons of gold, is about 700 years old and 4 meters high.
#One of the most surprising creatures in Thailand is the mud-skipper, a fish capable of walking on land and climbing trees. He uses his fins to “walk” and can absorb oxygen through his skin. This creature spends most of its time out of the water to eat algae.