Do you know the real name of Bangkok? Did you know that Thais all or almost tried to monastic life? And that there was a school where monkeys could learn how to pick coconuts? We bet not! Here are 12 things you probably do not know about Thailand!
Bangkok is not really called Bangkok
The next time we talk to you about Bangkok, ask your interlocutor if he evokes the city of … Krung Thep mahanakhon amon rattanakosin mahintara ayuthaya mahadilok phop noppharat ratchathani burirom udomratchaniwet mahasathan amon piman awatan sathit sakkathattiya witsanukam prast. It is indeed the Thai name of the capital but also the longest name of city in the world! Go, for simplicity, you have the right to say ” Krung Thep Maka Nakhon “, which is not bad!
The land of freedom
And to keep up with the names, Thailand is called ” Prathet Thai ” in Thai, which means “the land of freedom”. The city was until 1939 known as the “Kingdom of Siam” whose origin could come from Sanskrit Śyāma meaning “dark” or “brown”.
Thailand has never been colonized
Perhaps this is why it is nicknamed “the land of freedom”! Be that as it may, Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that has never been colonized by Europeans.
Thailand has more than 1400 islands, the most famous of which is surely Koh Phi Phi, featured in the film The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Full Moon Party
The most famous Thai holiday takes place on one of the idyllic beaches of Koh Phangan. Did you know that she was originally celebrated in July to celebrate the full Khmer moon? This is a huge opportunity to get lost surrounded by about 30,000 partygoers.
The rule of the feet
In Thailand, feet are considered impure, so it is recommended to avoid pointing your foot at a person, or worse, at a temple. Think about it when you cross your legs for example, your foot should never be pointed at someone.
And that of the head
In contrast, the head is the purest part of the body. So avoid touching someone else’s head, especially children’s.
And the underwear?
Let’s head to half of the body now: it is strictly forbidden in Thailand to go out without undergarments. Here you are, warned!
Thailand, in official mourning until October, is a constitutional monarchy. Thais worship the royal family and most of them have a picture of the deceased king in their house – it is almost illegal to talk bad about the monarchy. A cult that forbade even, in the past, that we touch the members of the royal family. It is said that when a queen fell into the water in the 19th century, no one came to her rescue in accordance with this rule.