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4 suprising facts about Thailand

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When you think of Thailand, the first things that pop up in your mind are the temples, elephants, pad thai and the ladyboys. But it has so much more to offer, as it’s such a big and diverse country. Each person to visit the Kingdom of Asia returns home with a better understanding of how unique the country is. From a jungle trek in Chiang Mai, to crazy night outs on Khao San Road in Bangkok, to island hopping in the south, there’s a something to do for every traveler.

We have put a list together with some facts that might surprise you about the Kingdom of Asia

#1 Bangkok’s real name is the longest in the world


Bangkok, the bustling capital city of Thailand, is one of the top destinations for travelers. The crowds, the heat, the sights and smells can be both amazing and overwhelming. In English the capital is simply known as “Bangkok” and in Thai, it is often called Krung Thep. However it’s full name is the longest name of a city in the world.

Here is Bangkok’s full name: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit… Yes it’s a mouthful.

What it means is “The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city 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 Vishnukarma.”

A name as long as that is hard to learn, even for the Thai. But if you really want to impress the locals, you should get practicing! To help you out, we have a video of a local reciting it below. Don’t forget to breathe while practicing!



#2 MonkeyfestivalMonkeyfestival

Yes you read that right! Once a year on the last Sunday of November there is a Monkey Buffet held in front of the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopbur. The temple is also known as the Monkey Temple, as over the years, hundreds of macaques have moved in. The local residents hold this festival as a way to thank the monkeys for bringing thousands of tourist to the village every year. The monkeys are taken care of by the locals all-year round. However this is a special day for the monkeys, as there is a big buffet with two tons of fruit, meat, ice cream and other treats.



Red Bull

#3 Red Bull is from Thailand

The world-famous energy drink, also known as Krating Daeng was introduced in Thailand in 1976. At first the drink was regarded more as a medicine than a refreshment. In 1984, an Austrian marketer set up a company to sell the energy drink abroad. That’s when the name Red Bull came to exist. For the foreign market, the recipe got tweeked a little, and also got carbonated. In Thailand the bottles are sold in small, 150ml glass bottles that look like it was bought from a pharmacy. For the foreign market, the medicine bottles were replaced for eyecatching blue-and-silver aluminium cans.




#4 Thai laws

Breaking rules and testing how far we can get away with them is fun, but not in Thailand. Offenses here are probably taken more seriously than in your home country. You might end up paying a high fine or even end up in prison. Thailand has a few interesting laws, that you probably have never heard of.

The first one being that you have to wear underwear when leaving the house. It may seem like a strange law and no one really knows how the authorities would find out, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Number two is that you have to wear a shirt when driving a vehicle.  Granted, on an island like Koh Samui, the police might condone this Thai Lawrule, as they understand that tourists want to enjoy the good weather. This law says nothing about the passengers, but we would recommend you to keep your top on, no matter how cool it looks.

Last but not least, it is prohibited to step on the currency. If you did not know, Thailand loves its king. If you commit any disrespectful act towards the king, you could be imprisoned for treason. That is why the next law makes sense. Each coin and bank note has the face of the King of Thailand printed on it. If you find a Thai bill stuck in your shoe, you might be paying a fine for stepping on it. So watch where you are walking, or you might be breaking a law!

It’s always important to do some research on the country you are planning to visit. Thailand is no exception. Life at home will probably be a bit different than life abroad, but that’s the fun of it all! What better way to explore the Kingdom of Asia than going there yourself? Our partner AIP offers internships in the Asian metropolis, Bangkok.


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