What do we know about Thailand apart from their gorgeous women and scrumptious foods? Well, if you think you know almost everything about Thailand we bet we have some lesser known facts about the place that you had no idea about. There are still certain things and facts about Thailand that only the locals know.
Here we have 12 lesser known facts about Thailand that we bet you didn’t know. Get ready to be surprised!
1.Capital of Thailand
If you think you can easily memorise the capital of this place then let us tell you that even though Bangkok is the capital, its full name is “Krungthepmahanakhon(city of angels) Amonrattanakosin (great city of immortals) Mahintharayutthaya (magnificent city of the nine gems) Mahadilokphop (seat of the king) Noppharatratchathaniburirom (city of royal palaces) Udomratchaniwetmahasathan (home of gods incarnate) Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit (erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s behest). ”
2.It was the home to the very first Siamese Twins
Chan and Eng the very first Siamese Twins who were born there back in 1811.
People there don’t open the gifts until you leave. So if you’ve gifted someone while visiting their home don’t get offended if they don’t open it.
4.Touching the head
Thai people consider the head of a human body, sacred. So don’t touch the head of any Thai people. While the feet are considered as unclean. So, positioning your feet near someone’s head is a not allowed.
Thai people are extremely fond of dolls and call them ‘luk thep’ which means child angels. Blessed by Buddhist monks, Thai locals believe that luk thep bring good fortune.
They believe that pointing fingers towards someone is a sign of disrespect. Though they understand if any outsider does it but still knowing the culture is better than offending them.
7.There is a festival of monkeys
‘The Monkey Buffet’ is the monkey’s festival. Its main purpose is to attract tourists to Prang Sam Yot in Lop Buri. Hundreds of monkeys will take a good time roaming around the city.
8.It’s the most famous city
It doesn’t only have the longest name but it’s also very popular. According to MasterCard’s annual Global Destination Cities Index, it has been declared as the most visited city in the world in 2013.
9.Don’t remove your shirt
While Thailand might be known for its relaxed beach vibe, going shirtless is actually an offense. So going shirtless is a big no-no.
10.Cleaning after dark
Thai people consider it bad luck if you clean your house after it’s dark. So it’s better that you do all the cleaning before the sun sets.
11.Don’t raise your voice
Raising your voice in Thailand is an embarrassing loss of face. Keep calm even if you’re losing your cool.
The Thai alphabet has 44 consonants and 32 vowels. That’s really a mouthful!