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Things About Thailand That You May Not Know

Updated on June 15, 2017

Flag of Thailand

The flag of Thailand came to be on September of 1917 and it is the National and civil flag.
The flag of Thailand came to be on September of 1917 and it is the National and civil flag. | Source

Blind as a Bat

The bumblebee bat lives in Thailand and Burma. The bats live in limestone caverns.
The bumblebee bat lives in Thailand and Burma. The bats live in limestone caverns. | Source

Thailand has the Smallest Mammal on the Planet

The bumblebee bat lives in the Philippines and parts of Burma. They live in limestone caverns and three can fit in the palm of your hand. The bat has a nose like a pig and it has a red coat usually but some have grey coats. They measure just over 1 inch in length and only, get this, 2 grams of total mass. The bat has beady eyes which are hid by long fur and they are very well hidden and hard to spot with the naked eye.

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Save the Trees

From the mid-70s up until 2009, Thailand lost over 40% of its total forest.
From the mid-70s up until 2009, Thailand lost over 40% of its total forest. | Source

Tree Logging is Illegal in Thailand

It is illegal to log trees anywhere in Thailand. After decades, Thailand lost so much forestry that it is now against the law to log at all. At times, trees were cleared away to make way for garden crops but now the goal is to restore the woods and it starts with preventing logging of any kind. Conservation and restoration of the greenery is a priority for the island nation. It would be ashamed for all their forest to be eradicated.

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A Temple in Thailand

Many of the temples in Thailand are beautiful and adorned with gold.
Many of the temples in Thailand are beautiful and adorned with gold. | Source

Thailand Has Over 40,000 Worship Temples

Thailand is a religious country that has 40,000 plus temples. Dress codes must be followed and some temples cannot be entered. Buddhist temples cover much of the country and they are a sight to see even if you do not follow the same belief system. Bangkok has several temples that off half and full day tours with a religious tour guide. This, to me, would be an experience not soon forgotten.

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Magic of Thailand

Thailand is home to many tasty food dishes.
Thailand is home to many tasty food dishes. | Source

Touching a Person on the Head is Forbidden in Thailand

Do not, especially in public, touch any person on the head for any reason because it is forbidden. In the privacy of your own home with your family is a different story altogether. Not only should you avoid touching the head but you need to avoid touching the head of a statue or a statue Buddha at all. It is offensive to do this and locals will feel repulsed by the sight of head touching happening. Sounds odd to me but you got to respect people and their customs.

Pretty Orchids

Beautiful orchids are abundant in Thailand and they come in lots of different colors.
Beautiful orchids are abundant in Thailand and they come in lots of different colors. | Source

Thailand is the Biggest Orchid Exporter in the World

The Thai people see beauty all the time in the form of millions of orchids. The country is the number one exporter of orchids in the whole world. Thailand's different orchid cut flowers exporting accounts for almost 70 million dollars each and every year consistently. Thousands of Thai workers take care and grow Orchids for sale in their country and other countries as well. These flowers look beautiful and they come in all shapes and colors.

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King Cobra

The King Cobra is the longest poisonous snake their is and its bite can kill in minutes.
The King Cobra is the longest poisonous snake their is and its bite can kill in minutes. | Source

Thailand Has the Longest Poisonous Snakes Worldwide

The King Cobra is the longest poisonous snake in the world. One bite can be deadly and kill someone in mere minutes. The effects of this snake's venom can effect the central nervous system before shutting it down once and for all. These huge snakes, which can grown over time, can kill really quick and without fair warning. I suggest avoiding these dangerous snakes at all cost. In general, these snakes eat other snakes and small rodents and animals.

Meow

Thailand is the location of some amazing felines called Siamese cats.
Thailand is the location of some amazing felines called Siamese cats. | Source

Siamese Cats Originated in Thailand

Siamese cats are stunning and they are of Thai origin. I had one of these felines as a child and I remember it was a bit moody and would scratch you if it got irritated. The cat has blue eyes, big ears and it is white with dark markings on the face, ears, feet and tail. The origin of the Siamese Cat is thought to have been around since 1700 AD and several feline breeds have came from this cat.

Amazing View of Thai Islands

Thailand is made up of some beautiful islands as this photo demonstrates.
Thailand is made up of some beautiful islands as this photo demonstrates. | Source

Thailand Has Over 1,430 Islands

Thailand is covered with well over 1,400 islands although some are uninhibited. Most of them are amazing looking with the ocean at your doorstep. The coastline is something to behold indeed and the islands vary from tiny to huge. Thailand, the only nation in the world that has never been taken over by a colony, has some awesome tourism islands. Personally, I would really enjoy seeing these islands in person.

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Whale Shark

The whale shark is located in Thailand and it is the largest species of fish in the entire world.
The whale shark is located in Thailand and it is the largest species of fish in the entire world. | Source

Thailand is Home to the Largest Fish in the World

The Whale Shark can be found in Thailand and it's the biggest fish on the planet. Seeing this fish will scare the crap out of anyone in its presence. Thailand has guided diving sessions featuring whale sharks which is a diver's pipe dream. The largest population of whale sharks are always seen in the vicinity of the Surin Islands and the longest recorded whale shark measured 40 feet long. Other than Thailand, these particular sharks have been spotted in Hawaii, Australia, Mexico and Honduras. Never approach these sharks and avoid them at all costs.

Monitor Lizard

This guy can grow up to seven feet in total length. This is not a Gecko, lol.
This guy can grow up to seven feet in total length. This is not a Gecko, lol. | Source

Thailand is Home to the Largest Lizard on Earth

The monitor lizard can grow as long as 10 feet! Now that is one big reptile. They have their beginnings in Asia and parts of Africa. These long neck lizards attack with their sharp claws and powerful tail when they need to defend themselves. They mostly eat fish, birds and small mammals but if they are hungry they also munch on fruit and veggies.

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A map view of Thailand.
A map view of Thailand. | Source

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      Angel Guzman 5 weeks ago from Joliet, Illinois

      I love reading your articles about different countries.

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      Buster Johnson 5 weeks ago from Alabama

      Thank you my friend.

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