15 Things You Didn’t Know about Thailand
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We are happy to have you with us today,
as we’ve been thinking to take you on another virtual trip to the amazing Southeast Asia,
today’s destination – Thailand.
With breathtaking beaches, clear blue waters and exotic food,
Thailand is a tropical Asian paradise praised by many.
Located in the Indochina Peninsula,
this country has an old culture
dating back to 40,000 years ago
与缅甸 马来西亚 老挝和阿德曼海相邻
and neighbors like Myanmar, Malaysia, Laos and the Adaman Sea.
If you’re planning on taking a trip here, which we highly suggest you do,
make sure you pack a bathing suit,
your favorite SPF and a high-quality camera to catch every detail you see there,
but also, be very careful.
We’ll get into that a little bit later.
An extended holiday in this place
might just be what you need to recharge your batteries,
but let’s cut the small talk, shall we?
Without further ado, join us on today’s journey,
as we discover 15 things you didn’t know about Thailand.
1 泰国旧称暹罗 暹罗猫就产自这里
1. Thailand’s old name was Siam and that’s where that Siamese cats come from.
Back in the day, Thailand used to be known as Siam by many,
which means dark in old Sanskrit.
One of the theories is that the Chinese used to call the region Xiang,
which later transformed into Siam by the Portuguese.
The name is no longer in use, but can be found in a lot of old books and references.
Thailand is also the country where the Siamese cats originated from.
At first, there used to be 23 types of Siamese cats with only 6 left nowadays.
Giving a pair of Siamese cats to a bride on her wedding day is considered good luck in Thailand.
So make sure to remember that if you ever happen to attend a Thai wedding.
2. One in ten people lives in Bangkok.
Thailand is a developing country that has one of the fastest growing economies in Asia.
With an increase in population of over 68 million people,
you can imagine how packed the cities must be,
满是人 汽车 摩托车的街道多让人窒息！
and how suffocated the streets are with humans, cars and motorcycles.
Bangkok is the country’s capital and
is home to more than a tenth of the population,
with over 8 million people living there.
This makes it one of the most crowded places in the world
with tourists coming to visit from all over the world and
why wouldn’t they?
We hear the energy is one-of-a-kind and the experience is unique,
especially for people coming from the West.
3. Thai people invented an operating table for Elephants.
The Giant friendly animals need surgical interventions from time to time
and the Thai people wanted to make sure their symbol animal gets the best treatment available.
People from Thailand have immense respect for all living animals in general,
but they celebrate the elephant in particular
因为大象力大无穷 吃苦耐劳 寿命很长
for its incredible strength, durability and longevity.
The white elephant is so highly praised that
that Thai people actually invented an operating table
that would be comfortable for both the surgeon and the patient
and would make any medical interventions easier for the animal.
4. Thai people love their king and wear a lot of yellow to prove it.
Thailand is a constitutional monarchy where the Prime Minister is the head of the government
and a hereditary monarch is the head of the state.
Today, the ruling king of Thailand King Vajiralongkorn is
the current monarch reigning since the death of his father
Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 13th, 2016.
Thai people love their king and respect him and the royal family a lot.
This goes deep into their culture as far as banning biographies written by several writers,
and constantly wearing the color yellow, a symbol of Monday and their late King,
since he was born on a Monday.
Yellow is also the color of the royal flag and
and Thai people are extremely proud of it.
5. The richest people in Thailand own a fortune of 21.5 billion dollars.
Thailand’s economy is slowly expanding,
which only makes the richest people, well, richer.
According to forbes’ list of Thailand’s 50 richest people,
the two wealthiest men in the country at the moment
amass a fortune of 21.5 billion dollars.
No.1 on the list is shared between the Chearavanon brothers of
经营农业 食品业 零售业和分销业的
the Charoen Pokphand Group that operates in the business of agriculture,
food, retail and distribution.
They added three billion dollars to their 2016 fortune
and managed to maintain their No.1 spot at the top.
Well, the No.2 magnate on the list
has a plan to build a 3.5 billion dollar township in central Bangkok.
6. Thailand adopted the metric system in 1923
but still use old units of measurement.
The country only officially adopted the metric system back in 1923,
but lots of their old units, like Square, Wah,
Ngan and Rai are still in use, especially for measurements of land.
Another measurement unit is the Baht that was used for gold trading.
The Baht is also the name for Thailand’s currency nowadays.
Moving on to the International metric system came late for Thailand
when you think about almost all European countries
had joined the metric system almost 100 years before,
around the year 1800.
7. Thai Monks faced a long scandal for mistreating tigers from the tiger temple.
A few monks from the well-known tiger temple west of Bangkok
decided to make some extra cash by illegally breeding and selling tiger cubs,
a fact that caught the International media’s attention back in 2016,
even though many claimed the problem dates back to 2001.
Thailand has a past filled with all sorts of controversies and problems,
especially including the way they treat their animals,
and this seemed to be the case with a tiger temple as well.
A National Geographic report exposed that
the monks actually used the animals for illegal breeding and animal trafficking.
The temple had an annual income of around 2.8 million dollars and
its representatives admitted to have generated some income from tiger cub activities,
but denied any other accusation of mistreating the animals.
8 在泰国 踩在货币上是违法的
8. In Thailand it is illegal to step on the currency.
The number one rule before traveling to a new place,
make sure you read about the culture and the laws,
since some of them might take you by surprise
and even get you into a lot of trouble.
In Thailand, you’re not allowed to step on the official currency
– the Thai Baht. If you are caught doing this,
you’ll face jail time and in some cases it could even be considered a death penalty.
Thailand has a lot of weird laws that people don’t actually expect to be true but they are.
Make sure you do your research before visiting or keep watching this video
because we have some more interesting facts to share about this amazing country.
9. You can attend a full moon party in Thailand.
And it’s almost exclusively for tourists.
Back in 1988, a party was improvised for a group of 30 travelers,
and it was such a big hit that it now draws a crowd of up to 30,000 people
to celebrate during the night of every full moon across the year.
The party happens every month before a full moon
and it’s an all-night beach party that originated in Haad Rin.
There were a lot of issues with the party
with it being banned in 2014 by the ruling government
because of the multitude of complaints regarding noise pollution,
but the demand was so high, the party came back.
In October 2016, however,
the full moon party and all other loud activities were canceled
in respect for the cremation ceremony of the late king Bumble.
10. You can enjoy the world’s most expensive cocktail in Bangkok
for fifteen thousand dollars.
How much would you pay for a cocktail, dear Aluxers?
What if it comes with a five carat Ruby instead of an olive,
加上六道菜的晚餐 在奢华的酒店呆一晚上 一瓶唐培里侬香槟王怎么样呢？
a six-course dinner, a night stay at a luxurious hotel and a bottle of Dom Perignon.
Well, if you do go to Bangkok at the Vivaldi restaurant,
you’ll find on the menu the Valentine’s cocktail
for no less than 450,000 baht,
which is more than 15,000 dollars
and it might be just what you needed for a fancy luxurious night escape.
对于你得到的一切 这个价格似乎还很公道 难道不是这样吗？
The price sounds fair for everything you get, wouldn’t you say?
Are you into fine dining, Aluxers?
Well then, we’ve covered the top 10
most expensive alcoholic drinks in the world in one of our videos.
Make sure you check it out.
11. Red Bull, the world-famous energy drink, has its roots in Thailand.
In 1976, Thailand brought onto the market the krating daeng energy drink .
This is a very successful product
that later sparked the attention of the Austrian entrepreneur Dietrich Mateschitz,
who was highly inspired by the Thai product
and decided to make one suited for the Western countries.
He later created Red Bull- the energy drink with the biggest market share in its niche.
They sell over 6 billion cans every year all over the world,
but few people know that the product is actually inspired by a popular Asian sibling.
If you ever go to Thailand, try the krating daeng energy drink
to see what all the hype was about in the 80s and have its similar to Red Bull.
Don’t forget to come back to this video and let us know about your experience.
12 在泰国 你可能会遇到在陆地上行走的鱼
12. In Thailand you might meet a fish that can walk on land.
Yes, you heard that right.
In the waters of Thailan, there lives a fish
that walks on land as a part of its daily routine.
It might sound extraordinary but it’s actually true.
With the ability to breathe through a lining in its inner throat,
mouth and skin, mudskippers as they’re called,
present a set of anatomical adaptations that allow them to move on land.
so if you’re going on a casual stroll down the beach early in the morning,
you might have some interesting company.
you can meet this fish in warmer subtropical areas of Thailand.
13. Thailand was named one of the deadliest tourist destinations on earth.
In his book Thailand: Deadly Destination,
author John Stapleton claims that the Land of Smiles as Thailand was once referred to
is now unfortunately one of the most dangerous places on earth to go on a vacation,
because of the widespread police corruption, violence and crime.
In fact, the travel author stated in his book,
Thailand’s carefully manufactured reputation of hospitality
as a land of palm trees and sun drenched beaches,
幸福时光酒吧 国际水准的酒店 以及好客的人们 宛如地球上的天堂
happy hour bars, world-class hotels and welcoming people as paradise on earth,
is very different to the reality many tourists encounter,
adding that the number of crimes among tourists is really high
and often goes unrecorded in order to maintain the high number of visitors
spending their cash across the country
14 泰国以性旅游业 招妓和变性文化而著称
14. Thailand is famous for sex tourism, catcalling and transgender culture.
Sex tourism in Thailand is well known all over the world.
In spite of all the government’s efforts to hide it and it is believed that
at least 10% of tourist dollars are spent in the sex trade.
Thai prostitutes have an international reputation of
being open to everything and also very affordable.
Walking on the streets, you’ll hear a lot of catcalling and
many transgender prostitutes offering their services out in the open.
The sex reassignment surgery is very popular in Thailand
and a lot of people come here to have it done.
Thailand is very open about promoting transgenders
with a lot of transgender beauty pageants held there.
15. Thai people invented the polyethylene prosthetic leg.
Thailand is the home of one big invention that makes a lot of people’s lives happier and easier.
A Thai orthopedic surgeon decided to dedicate his researches to improving prosthetic limbs
and to make them affordable to many more people.
The most interesting part, he even used his own invention-
the polyethylene prosthetic leg on an elephant.
We already stated how much time people love and respect elephants
and this comes to prove that point once again.
Moshe, an Asian elephant that lost her right fore leg in a landmine explosion
received a prosthetic leg from the same doctor that helped so many people.
Now that you’ve learned some more about this exotic destination,
we’re curious to know, Aluxers, have you ever been to Thailand?
What was it really like?
Let us know in the comments and as always,
for being a true Aluxer and sticking with us all the way to the end,
here’s a bonus fact just for you.
16. It’s illegal to leave the house without your underwear on.
Now, we haven’t heard about anyone getting arrested for this
and we can’t see how exactly this would be enforced,
unless you decide to leave your pants at home as well.
but it seems like you could go to jail,
if you decide to leave your home with no underwear on.
It is worth knowing though that such a small detail could actually land you a day in jail.
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