Fast Facts on Thailand – Did You Know?

By | July 30, 2013

Fast Facts on Thailand is a section made up of lots of interesting “snippets” of information that we decided to publish rather than just stumble-upon,digest & then forget.

We will continue to update & remove the older less interesting facts as we go along, but this is not just about US, we also need your help!.

If you have other interesting fast facts on Thailand that we have not yet published, please Contact Us we would love to hear from you, and will publish your suggestions with your name & country.

Fast Facts on Thailand


Date Added: 24th August 2009

Date Added: 24th August 2009
Did you know the average person in the UK, USA & the EU eats just 4.4kg of rice each year compared with 40-60kg per person across parts of Asia?

Date Added: 29th July 2009
Following the 1974 release of the James Bond Film “The Man with the Golden Gun”, Mushroom Rock which featured in scenes from the movie located in Phang-Nga Bay, was re-named “James Bond Island”, which has remained a popular “must visit” destination ever since.Not so well known is the fact that the Phi Phi Islands were also the setting for the hide-out of “Scaramanga” in the same movie!!.

Date Added: 29th July 2009
Koh Phi Phi Ley (part of the Phi Phi Islands) was the backdrop for the 2000 movie “The Beach”, tourism to the islands increased dramatically following the film’s release and despite the devastation suffered to the islands during the Tsunami of 2004, the whole tourism infrastructure bounced back within two years!.

Date Added: 24th June 2009
The “rainy season” in Thailand officially runs from early-May until the end of October each year.The onset of the Rainy Season tends to start in the north of the country around 4 weeks ahead of the southern islands & coastal areas.

The heaviest rainfall is traditionally recorded between August-October throughout Thailand, which often leads to mudslides, flooding & widespread chaos.

Date Added: 23rd June 2009
Thailand currently has around 16.5 million internet users, around 25% of the population.Within South-East Asia Thailand lags behind both Malaysia & Vietnam in volume of internet users, but well ahead of Laos, Cambodia & Myanmar.

Over 97% of Thailand internet users choose Google as their preferred search engine!!.

Date Added: 18th June 2009
The average height of the following nationalities – adults:Thailand – male 168cm(5’6″),female 157cm(5’2″)
U.S.A. – male 176cm(5’9″), female 162cm(5’4″)
U.K. – male 178cm(5’10”), female 164cm(5’5″)

The region of the world that has the tallest average heights is Scandinavia where the average male is 180cm(5’11”) & the average female is 169cm(5’7″).

The country with the shortest average heights is India, where the average adult male is 161cm(5’3″) & the average adult female is 152cm(5′).

Date Added: 16th June 2009
The reigning King of Thailand is a member of the Chakri Dynasty which has ruled the Kingdom undisputed since the founding of Bangkok in 1782. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the 9th ruler of the House of Chakri, he is also known as Rama IX, the name Rama originates from the Hindu god of that name.

Date Added: 12th June 2009
Did You Know? – Red Bull the world famous market leader for sports & energy drinks which sells over 1billion cans per year in nearly 100 countries worldwide ACTUALLY originates from Thailand !!, please clickHere for the full story.

Date Added: 31st May 2009
The Asian Elephant found in Thailand has seen its numbers drop dramatically over the last century. It was estimated that there were over 100,000 Asian Elephants in Thailand at the beginning of the 20th century,that number today is now down to around 2,000 animals.One of the leading factors that has seen the biggest reduction in there numbers was the banning by the Thai Government of all timber logging(primarily teak wood)in 1989, after which large numbers of the mahouts(trainers) were forced onto the streets, using the animals as attractions to try & earn a living!.

Date Added: 31st May 2009
The most popular Thai food dish eaten outside of Thailand is probably Pad Thai, which is quite bizarre, as the origins of this dish are not even from Thailand, but instead from China!.

Date Added: 31st May 2009
The mountains that surround Chiang Mai & Northern Thailand are actually the most southerly areas of the Himalayas mountain range!.The highest point in Thailand at 8,481 feet(2,585 metres) is Mount Inthanon, which is located in Doi Inthanon National Park, around 80kms(55miles) south of Chiang Mai.If you visit the mountain, take a jumper or jacket, it is ALWAYS remarkably cold compared to the rest of Northern Thailand.

Date Added: 31st May 2009
The word “farang” which most Thai people use to describe ALL foreigners, is thought to have originated from the French word “farangset”, which is the Thai pronunciation of “Français”, the French word for “French” or “Frenchman”.France was the first European country to establish cultural ties with Thailand in the 17th century, so this would appear to be a rational conclusion.

The average Thai’s conception of “farangs” are loosely as follows:
* farangs are large(compared to Thai people).
* farangs have different coloured eyes(Thai’s are always brown).
* farang’s generally have pale skin, and are “ghost like”.
* farang’s are rich (compared to an average Thai person).
* farang is also the Thai name for Guava fruit!.

Date Added: 30th May 2009
A study in 2004 showed that 44% of all WORLDWIDE road fatalities occur in Asia, with Thailand having by far the highest rate within the region.You are 4x more likely to die as a result of a road accident in Thailand than ANYWHERE else in the Western world. Of the total number of road deaths in Thailand over 80% involve MOTORCYCLES!!.

IF you decide to Drive in Thailand please just show extra caution, and be aware of everything that is going on around you !!.

Date Added: 30th May 2009
The total amount of foreign visitors to Thailand during 2008 was 14.5 million, an increase of just 0.5% over 2007.Of that total 52% of the visitors were from Asia, with Malaysia having the highest number, then Japan, China & Korea. The most foreign visitors from Western countries, came from the U.K., the U.S.A., Australia and then Germany.

Date Added: 29th May 2009
According to Tourism Authority of Thailand(TAT), the 5 most visitedtourist destinations in Thailand during 2008 were:
1/ Bangkok
2/ Phuket
3/ Chiang Mai
4/ Pattaya
5/ Hua Hin
These include both international visitors & Thai nationals.The average length of stay in Thailand per tourist is currently 9 days.

The average International visitor spends just over 4,000Thai Baht/daily($115/day), whereas the average Thai visitor only spends 1,770Thai Baht/daily ($51/day).

Date Added: 29th May 2009
It is estimated that there are 6 million Soi Dogs in Thailand,they call themSoi Dogs because they live on the streets. Soi is street or small street or alley in Thai language.These dogs survive by eating scraps thrown to them by multiple local residents or by scavaging rubbish bags left in the streets.You will very often find 30+ soi dogs at the local Wat(temple), as the monks tend to take pity on them & feed them regularly.

Date Added: 29th May 2009
The average pay for a manual worker in Thailand is approximately 185baht/day($5.30/day), in China it is 110baht/day($3.15/day)& in the U.S.A. it is 1,650baht/day($47/day).Of the 2005 estimate of 39 million working population in Thailand,agriculture employed 42%, manufacturing industry 21% & consumer services 37%.

The Thai spoken language is thought to have originated in the border area of Vietnam and China. The Thai written language system was introduced in 1283, and was based on Sanskrit and Indian concepts.It also includes many words from the Khmer language.

Thailand’s economy is driven by the export of goods and services. It is the largest exporter of rice in the world.Officially, tourism directly contributes 7% of the nations Gross Domestic Product(GDP), though it is thought that indirect trade and unreported income from tourism deflates this percentage, and is seen as the greatest opportunity for Thailand’s continued future prosperity.

Thailand has a land mass approximately the same size as that of France.It’s geograhy ranges from tropical islands & golden beaches,to mountainous landscapes with lush rain forests.

The warm and welcoming nature of its people, along with the diversity and beauty of its landscapes, has led to its popular nickname “The Land of Smiles”.

Thailand has a population of approximately 63 million, 95% of whom areTheravada Buddhist’s a branch of traditional Indian Buddhism. The remaining 5% of the population are made up of 4% Muslim, 0.5% Christian and 0.5% other religions.Although the Buddhist faith provides the governing moral code of the Government, King, and Country, Thailand upholds and supports any religion accepted by its population.

Thailand is a Constitutional Monarchy. The current ruling monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the longest reigning Thai monarch and longest current reigning monarch in the world.The King is head of state, head of armed forces, upholder of the Buddhist religion, and Defender of the Faith.

He is highly respected and loved by the Thai population, to the point where criticizing the King of Thailand is not only disrespectful but is also illegal!.

The earliest settlers in Thailand were thought to be of Môn, Khmer and Chinese descent, and gradually migrated to Thailand over several centuries.Although the people known as “Tai” originally came from South China, it wasn’t until 1238 that they founded the first Thai National State, up until that point Thailand was ruled and dominated by the Khmer Empire.

The history and origin of the people native to Thailand is still an area of debate and intrigue among historians and archaeologists.Recent archaeological discoveries suggest that the oldest Bronze Age Civilization in the world was thriving in Thailand 5000-10000 years ago.

Thailand changed it’s name from Siam as recently as 1949. The reason that it was called Thailand is a matter of some debate, there are those who believe that it’s because it’s the only country in South East Asia to have avoided European colonisation & the word “Tai” in the Thai language means literally “free”.There are others who believe that the name Thailand was adopted from the name “Thai” which was a large ethnic group that controlled the central region of Thailand from which the power of the country evolved .

During the First World War, Thailand sided with the allies, but in the Second World War, they seemed to prefer an alliance with Japan.By becoming allies of Japan, but a little “shy” at entering into conflict with the British and USA, they managed to maintain a “neutral” position throughout the war.

There are approximately 750,000 Hill Tribes People who now call Thailand “home”, they belong to five distinctly different ethnic groups, who originally migrated from Burma(Myanmar),Tibet & Southern China usually to escape brutality within their own country.