5 Interesting facts about Thailand
Considering doing your TEFL course in Thailand? Here are some interesting facts about this TEFL destination.
- Thailand is the only Southeastern Asian country that has never been colonised by a Western country.
- Bangkok’s full name is one of the longest names of a place in the world, made up of Pali and Sanskrit root words: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. It means “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.”
- There are about 35,000 temples in Thailand. Dress modestly when visiting them, meaning no shorts or sleeveless shirts.
- The national flower of Thailand is the orchid, and about 1,500 orchid species can be found growing wild in Thai forests.
- The annual Monkey Buffet Festival is held in front of the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in the Lopburi province. The local residents use it to thank the monkeys for bringing thousands of tourists to the village to see the monkeys that live there. It’s a feast of note: two tons of meat, fruit, ice cream, and other treats make up this buffet.
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