From 17-storey temple to Naga Fireballs, from underwear laws to Hello Kitty armband for guilty cops, Thailand is a land of oddities and bizarre things. Our last article on Thailand fun facts covered a few of those bizarre aspects but we weren’t quite done. So, here we are, with another list of bizarre Thailand facts that will simply blow your mind away. Gear up for some brain fun…
Bizarre Thailand Facts: 1-5
1. Thailand may be a very unique country but when it comes to religion and culture, it is a fusion of India and China. India gave Thailand the religious aspect (remember that Buddhism originated in India and Thailand has many aspects of Hinduism still embedded deep in its religious and cultural heritage) while Thai people borrowed their cultural aspect from China.
2. Did you know that Thailand is know as Prostitution Capital of our world? There are a staggering number of red light areas in Thailand and the massage centers are notorious for happy endings.
3. What’s even more bizarre is that prostitution is completely illegal in Thailand but the law is barely practiced. As a matter of fact, around 30,000 to 1 million Thai women are in this business and thrive primarily on tourists.
4. Talking of prostitution, no wonder the number of HIV+ patients in the nation is gradually increasing.
5. Sitting in the temple of Wat Traimit in Bangkok, the Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon is the golden statue of Gautam Buddha. The statue weighs 5,500 kilograms and contains 86% pure gold and is worth more than USD 250 million. Parts of the statue were cast in India. The statute has 9 parts that fit in smoothly.
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Bizarre Thailand Facts: 6-10
6. Packing for Thailand? Here is something you should keep in mind – ‘Keep eyes open and get away from the giant centipedes’. A bite from these monsters can show you hell. The pain is excruciating and can last for 4 to 5 days. These centipedes can grow as big as a forearm.
7. Another caution! If you hear the words ‘Buung Han’, you should surely run to safety. The small caterpillar that looks drop dead gorgeous is something you should steer clear of. It is feels threatened, it will shoot a cloud of poisonous hair and if they land on your skin, you will be more than welcome to join the world of the ‘crazy’. Yes, you can get mad. So… stay away!
8. Mother’s Day is something you find in every country. In Thailand however, the day has been twisted where it has absolutely nothing to do with your own mother. That day, you pay respect to the Queen of Thailand.
9. Before 1939, Thailand was known as Siam. The name Thailand was adopted in 1939. In 1945 however, the name was changed back to Siam. In 1949, the country changed her name again and became Thailand once again. It has not changed ever since.
10. The world’s smelliest fruit – the King of Tropical Fruits – the Durian is Thailand’s native. Guess what? It is so stinky that you cannot carry it to hotels. Airlines, trains etc. have also banned the fruit.