From Monkey Buffet to Red Bull, from Lese Majeste to the Bridge Over the River, we have learned a handful of interesting Thailand facts in our last article but we are far from being done. There’s a lot more and so, let’s get started with another installment of facts about Thailand in our list of Thailand fun facts …
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1. We mentioned in our previous article that there are thousands of temples in Thailand but, did you ever hear of Wat Samphram. It is a temple and what makes it unique is that it is 17-storey tall and had a giant dragon structure spiraling it all the way from bottom to top.
2. Here is yet another of Thailand fun facts – Thailand is home to Maeklong Railway Market where a market stands right along railway tracks. Every time a train passes, the shop owners pull the displayed items inside and when the train passes by, things are put out again.
3. Thailand has a Tiger Temple! It was supposed to be a tiger sanctuary and attracted a lot of visitors. However, the temple came under immense heat and was subjected to investigation for wildlife smuggling and other cruel activities.
4. Thailand is home to Naga Fireballs – an annual event taking place in the Mekong River. What really happens is balls of fire explode spontaneously over the water surface. It is not man made. It is all natural and according to local folklore, the river is where the scary Naga serpent lives and spits out the fireballs.
5. Scientists have failed so far to provide an explanation for the Naga Fireballs but two of the most popular hypothesis include:
- Flammable phosphine gas is released from the river because of the marshy environment, which catch fire and explode.
- Another explanation is that plasma is formed in the air which leads to those fireball explosions.
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6. Thailand is home to Moken People – a sea nomad tribe. Children of this tribe are capable of seeing clearly underwater. The reason is that they spend a significant amount of time looking for food under water and their eye lenses got accustomed to it. Adults however have some problem because with age, they lose the flexibility of their eyes.
7. Cops everywhere in world are known for petty crimes and big crimes alike. Thailand is no different. However, for those cops that commit petty crimes, Thailand has a unique punishment. The guilty cops need to wear a pink armband for a number of days. The armband has a Hello Kitty knitted on it along with two hearts.
8. Thailand is home to the largest fish is world. Known as Whale Shark, the scientific name of the fish is Rhincodon typus. It is 12 meters long.
9. Thailand is also the home to the smallest known mammal in the world. The Bumblebee Bat or Kitti’s Hog-Nosed Bat. Measuring only 1.1 to 1.3 inches, this bat weighs a mere 2 grams.
10. In Thailand, if you are stepping out of your house, double check whether you have your underwear on or not. If you forget or you deliberately don’t wear one, you can get arrested. Yes, that practice is illegal.