10 things you might not know about Thailand

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I was just looking through Yahoo! News and it stumbled upon me some FACTS that i’ve never knew about Thailand and i thought perhaps it’ll be good sharing it here!

Do you know…

Fact 1: Thais choose to fit on fake dental braces aka vanity braces as a symbol of a luxurious status – The faux oral accessories (which come in an array of colours and designs) serve no correcting purposes but is, however, associated with wealth as real orthodontic braces are a costly luxury item in Thailand.

Fact 2: Thais enjoy Ketchup and Mayonnaise on their Pizzas – Don’t be surprised if a bottle of ketchup is handed to you after you’ve successfully placed a pizza order; even pizza delivery in Thailand comes with ketchup packets! Yes, Thai people eat pizza with ketchup. It is also normal for Thais to put mayonnaise on their pizzas so go ahead and try that when in Thailand to fully experience the culture!

Fact 3: A Six-Hour-Clock. It counts twenty-four hours a day but divides the day up into four six-hour quarters, with each quarter having differing Thai terms, especially used in verbal communication.

Fact 4: Gasoline in Whiskey Bottles – When travelling in Thailand, be careful not to mistake bottles of gasoline for bottles of whisky! Walk down a street and you might just stumble upon roadside stalls that sell gasoline in whisky bottles. While Thailand is equipped with gas stations, these roadside stalls cater more to the motorcyclists in rural areas and small towns. Gasoline is usually sold by half a litre and one litre.

Fact 5: Trash Bins Made Out Of Tyres – The unconventional-looking trash cans around and outside residences in Thailand are frequently observed yet missed by many. Upon closer look, travellers will find garbage bins that are made out of recycled car tyres staring back at them. Further exploration will have travellers even more surprised at the sight of complete furniture sets made out of recycled tyres.

Fact 6: Respecting The Thai National Anthem – When in Thailand, try to disguise your shock at the sight of Thais dropping whatever it is they’re busy doing, to stand up at the sound of the Thai national anthem being played over the loudspeakers.This is done so twice a day, once at 8:00AM and once more at 6:00PM. Your best bet at this point is to take cue from the Thais and follow suit. So don’t assume that this is a FLASH MOB!

Fact 7: Dress to respect – In Thailand, the Temples are a highly respected place of worship for the Buddhist, so when you’re planning to visit the temples, conservative dressing is advised, with shoulders and knees covered. In places of worship, one must be respectful, especially when it comes to flash photography; women must also be weary not to touch a monk at any given moment. A tip for women – bring along a lightweight scarf that you can drape around your shoulders and knot at the front for temple visits.

Fact 8: Taxi is cheaper than Tuks-Tuks. From my personal experience in Bangkok as mentioned in my previous post, the taxis are indeed a cheaper alternative than probably the train or in this case a Tuk-Tuk. I spent 80Baht for a 3-5 minute ride to Rod Fai Market from CTC Market just because i didn’t know where it was. – Feeling Cheated

Fact 9: “Temple Closed” Scam – If you’re traveling to visit a temple, make sure you’re aware of the opening hours! Scam is everywhere, the tuk-tuk drivers will tell you that the temples are closed and divert you to a souvenir shop that they will earn a commission from your purchases. – My friend just got the similar scam!

Fact 10: YEAR 2556 – We all know that this year is 2013, but do you know that in Thailand, it is technically 2556 now?! Thailand uses the Bhuddist Era (B.E.), which is 543 years ahead of the regular calendars the rest of the world is accustomed to. Thailand’s traditional New Year’s Day, which was so, up until 1940, is celebrated from 13-15 April through what is called The Songkran Festival. While Thailand has since moved the New Year to 1 January, celebrations where families and friends gather to visit temples while sprinkling water on Buddha images and each other have continued on, with Songkran being a national holiday.

To the dear readers, have an enjoyable time in the land of many smiles! KHOP KHUN KRAB!

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2 responses to “10 things you might not know about Thailand

  1. Wow, very informative indeed. Thanks.

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