Thailand is a Southeast Asian country with a fairly large land mass, located between the Tropic of Cancer and Ecuador, with a distance of 1,650 km from North to South and 780 km from East to West and with a population of some 68 million people.
It borders Burma in all its western fringe, with Laos in the North and Northeast, with Cambodia in the east and with Malaysia in the South.
Its lands are bathed by the crystal blue turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea to the south-west and by the Gulf of Thailand to the South-East.
The capital is Bangkok, located in the center-south of the country and with an estimated population of 8.5 million people (not including aliens).
Unlike other large countries in Asia, Thailand has never been colonized and thus preserves traces of its culture, history and traditional architectural art. As a result, below are 10 Facts about Thailand you need to know:
1. Hot days are prevalent in Thailand
The first fact about Thailand is with regards to its weather, as its hottest and driest period ranges from November to April. The country is known for extreme heat, and those who do not enjoy strong hot flashes can be left with very strange feelings.
In Thailand, clothing also deserves attention, choose light options, but pay attention to size and model if you are visiting a Buddhist temple, since they do not usually accept very "daring" models that end up showing a lot of regions of the body, like the legs, the bust, and the shoulders.
For example, if it is very hot and a tourist is in very short clothes, she will have to rent a scarf or a sarong - a kind of kilt made of cloth, much used by natives. Men should wear long trousers or shorts that do not show their knees to gain access to the place.
2. Underwear is compulsory
In Thailand, moving upstairs or leaving the house without being in underwear is unlawful and you can be severely punished for that.
This fact about Thailand focuses more on the locals, and you as a farang (tourist) will most likely get away with it, but for a Thai, this can mean imprisonment.
So if you plan on exposing your body in public, do remember that you would most likely be picked up by the police and you have to expect a punishment as well.
3. Respect for the king isn't negotiable
A law that cannot be forgotten: respect the king of Thailand at any time.
The figure of the king and also of the royal family is extremely venerated in the country. You will notice that many photographs of them are scattered around the streets, homes, and establishments.
To speak ill of the king or the royal family can be a severe crime. This is because the disrespect to their image is considered a very serious offense.
If the person damages, criticizes or makes jokes, can be arrested and even lynched in the street, this is true for travelers as well.
4. Thais love short names
This fact about Thailand seems to be quite weird. The shorter the name, the better! Just ask a Thai for his "Tschüü Lenn" (nickname), and in most cases, you will hear a name that consists of only three syllables.
Num, Nuy, Nok, Run, Mai, Yui, Ket, Lis, Bee, etc. are typical Thai nicknames.
Not infrequently, the names when translated mean apple, bee, lemon, game or even pizza. These nicknames are chosen by the father or the family.
In Thailand, the father is considered as the sole head of the family, and if he loves apples, for example, the child is given the nickname Apple just like that.
5. The land of smiles
This name comes from the acts of the Thais because no matter where you look, you would always see them smiling. Even if they do not laugh, a Thai smiles anyway, as this is considered elegant and friendly.
If a Thai does not know the answer to your question or just does not understand you, he smiles. In Thailand, it is believed that smiling is also healthy and ensures longevity.
6. The Thais love chili
If there's something the Thai like, it's chili. This is a known fact about Thailand, and it's not in little measure.
Most meals in Thailand tend to be very spicy indeed. They put a little salt in their food or even avoid it sometimes, but they usually carry food with different types of chili.
You will notice that the restaurants offer at their tables a bottle of chili and a bottle of sugar, the two seasonings are always present in the dishes.
Thai cuisine explores different flavors, mixes fruits with savory foods and, in addition to spicy spices, they also cherish bitters and sourdoughs.
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7. Massage everywhere
Going to Thailand and not having a good massage is like going to Brazil and not sampling a good traditional feijoada.
In all corners, you can relax in massage parlors, spas, hotels and even in armchairs that stand on the sidewalks, all priced well. They use traditional and modern techniques that stimulate every part of the body - from the head to the little toe.
Some examples are massages based on stretching techniques and yoga movements and those with the use of essential oils, which leave the body well relaxed, hydrated and with a pleasant smell.
8. You must stand up in silence whenever the national anthem is sounded
In most parks and public places, the Thai national anthem sounds at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Throughout the duration, the Thais interrupt whatever activity they are doing and stand up in silence to listen.
It's really funny to see dozens of people who, seconds before, were running along the tracks of the park, all standing in a block and resuming their march with a bang when the last note was heard.
Actually, the norm is that wherever you are, if the notes of the hymn get to your ears, you have to dedicate yourself to listen to it.
9. There is no official lunchtime
As seen in many other Asian countries, any time is good to eat in Thailand. We must bear in mind that Thais are very hard workers
Like Vietnamese and most Asian people and that their working hours are almost 24 hours, especially if we refer to shops, market stalls, etc. Therefore, it is possible to get food every time of the day.
For a tourists, it is really perfect because he will always find somewhere to sit for a while and take a good plate of Thai food.
10. The sole of your feet shouldn't be directed towards the Buddha
All Buddhist temples, there is a platform or tapestry where you can kneel to pray or rest listening to the prayers of the monks in front of the sacred image of Buddha.
Often, trying to adopt a more comfortable posture, you may extend your legs, and can inadvertently lift the soles of your feet towards the statue which is formally prohibited by Buddhism.
Just as the head is considered the noblest part of the human being, the feet is the most "dirty" part of the body and must be hidden before the deity or, rather, before its earthly representation.
In all, Thailand is a great country which never fails to impress its visitors as can be seen in the facts highlighted above.