1. Aircraft Carrier
Thailand has the same number of aircraft carriers as Russia.
How many is that? One!
The ship, HTMS Chakri Naruebet, was built in Spain and entered service in 1997. It was designed as an aircraft carrier but is used mostly as an offshore helicopter patrol carrier.
2. Most Species
Thailand is home to one tenth of all animal species in the world, and the same for bird species.
It is also home to both the smallest mammal (a type of bat) and the largest, the whale shark.
3. Most Visited
Bangkok is the world’s most visited city and has been for 4 years.
In 2019, 22.7 million tourists hit the city; more visited the whole country of course, in excess of 39 million in the same year.
More than 1,500 types of orchid grow in the wild in Thailand. Many of them are also cultivated commercially in large gardens.
5. Military Might
The Thai military have bought fighter planes from Sweden, tanks from China, and armoured cars from Ukraine.
6. Monitor Lizards
Monitor lizards are common across Thailand and are the largest species of lizard.
Though it’s unlikely that you’ll meet the big ones very often, there are plenty of mid-sized monitors to be found in Bangkok’s Lumpini Park.
Be careful as these beasts have a nasty bite, which would need immediate medical attention.
7. Death Penalty
Thailand still retains the death penalty of serious crimes, including drug trafficking.
Executions used to be carried out by shooting -- by one executioner shooting at the back of the condemned prisoner who was tied to a wooden stake.
These days its carried out by lethal injection.
There’s both a book and a movie called “The Last Executioner” about Chavoret Jaruboon, Thailand’s longest serving executioner.
8. Unusual Laws
It’s illegal to drive a vehicle without shoes or with a bare chest. It’s also illegal to leave your home without your underwear.
So make sure you’re nicely dressed when you hire that bike or car!
9. Public Nudity
Public nudity is illegal, and ladies should note that it’s also illegal for you to be topless in public places, which includes beaches and hotels.
10. Chinese Tourists
Prior to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the Chinese accounted for close to 50% of all tourist arrivals in Thailand.
11. Wet and Wet
Thailand’s wettest month on average is September.
The hottest month is April, which is also when the Thai New Year (Songkran) festival takes place and an almost equal amount of water is thrown around for three days.
12. Lost Lands
Thailand used to be bigger but lost some territories to the colonial nations of Britain and France to be able retain it’s independence.
Britain seized the Shan state and parts of the Malay peninsula, while France grabbed what is now the northern most provinces of Cambodia, and land west of the Khong River which is now part of Laos.
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