10 interesting facts about Thailand

– Thailand was called Kingdom of Siam until the 23rd of June 1939.
– This is the only Southeast Asian country no colonized by Europeans.
– Thailand is recognized as one of the friendliest country in the world. Indeed, it could explain its nickname: “The land of smiles”.
– Thailand is the 51st largest country in the world with a surface area of 513,120 sq. km.
– With 67,367,943 inhabitants in 2014, Thailand in the 20th most populous country of the world.
– Buddhism is the main religion in Thailand. About 95% of the population practices it.
– The national sport in Thailand is Thai boxing. Because punches, elbows as well as kicks and knees are used, it is also called ‘the art of 8 limbs’.
– During the Thai New Year, in April, the world’s largest water fight takes place in Bangkok’s streets. It is called Songkran festival.
– Bangkok has the largest gold Buddha in the world. The statue is about 3 meters tall and weighs 5.5 tons.
– Weekend Market or J.J. Market, in Bangkok, is the largest market in the world. It covers 27 acres.

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Photo of Buddha in Thailand @ wat pho

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