Thailand 

Facts about Thailand: 

  • Thailand’s name in the Thai language is Prathet Thai, which means “Land of the Free.”

  • Buddhism is Thailand’s largest religion with approximately 94.6% of the population practicing the religion. Muslims make up 4.6%, Christians 0.7%, and “other” 0.1%.

  • More than 1,500 species of orchids grow wild in Thai forests. Thailand is the world’s number one orchid exporter.

  • In Thailand, the head is the most important part of the body. Consequently, no one must ever touch another person, even a child, on the head.

  • Traditionally in Thailand, feet are considered lowly because they symbolize an attachment to the ground, which is a cause for human suffering. As such, a person must never sit with their feet pointing to a statue in a temple or at some other person. Feet must always be tucked underneath the body.

  • One of the most famous Thai dishes, 'pad thai' is stir-fried rice noodles with egg, peanuts, dried shrimps, tofu, bean sprouts, tamarind juice, and sometimes, squid and shrimps.

 

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