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greetings mother factors my name is Sam and today I'm going to be running my

mouth all about the land of golden statues tiny mammals and getting kneed

in the face just for the sheer thrill of its Thailand yes that's right we're

jetting off to Southeast Asia this time to see what delicious Thai facts we can

rustle up so you can all chow down on some nutritious bite-size knowledge Thai

style but what did thailand manage to avoid that many of its neighbors didn't

how did I Kia get into a spot of bother when opening stalls there and how many

people watching this video still think we'd be talking about Taiwan to utter

three those questions are going to be answered so strap yourself in but your

Thai thinking caps on and prepare for what's going to be a large number of one

intention put horrific attempts at time pronunciation as we count through 101

facts about silent number one Thailand officially called the Kingdom of

Thailand is a country at the center of the South East Asian Indo Chinese

Peninsula it's got a bit of an odd shape for a country with a bulbous top-heavy

northern region attached to its dangly southern section by only a spindly strip

of land but who am I to body shame a country frankly I wouldn't want anyone

criticizing my angry southern section either number two humans have been

present in what is now known as Thailand since at least five hundred thousand

years ago evidence by Homo erectus fossils found in Thailand's northern

province of LAN pang it's even been suggested that the fossils could

actually date as far back as 1 million years ago also known as a mother facting

long time number three however while there is evidence of

continued human habitation in present-day Thailand as early as 20

thousand years ago very little is known about the cultures that existed in

Thailand perform the middle of the first millennium ad sadly no one at the time

thought for themselves but perhaps they should be keeping a record so that some

fact boy thousands of years and future could fill you all in sorry guys out of

my hands not before still we do have a vague idea

of what might have been going on prior to the 10th century the area that's now

Thailand was inhabited by many different groups of people who founded various

overlapping cultures and civilizations in the first half of the first

millennium parts of what is now Thailand fell under the control of the kingdom of

Hunan an Indian eyes States thought to have been founded at some point in the

first century number five between the sixth and

eleventh centuries the Devourer avati civilization emerged to say distinctive

Buddhist culture associated with the Hmong people and occupied the western

and central regions of what is now Thailand some archaeological research

conducted in recent years has revealed the presence of a proto door of RT

period which spanned the fourth and fifth centuries perhaps even earlier

number six founded in the 9th century intend to transitive and core in

present-day Cambodia the hindu buddhist Kamiya empire covered much of what is

now known as northern thailand the civilization is known for its

extravagant sculpture and architecture producing the stunning temple complex of

Angkor Wat number seven between the 8th and 13th centuries significant areas of

what is now southern Thailand fell under the control of the confederation of

river jaya which was based on the Indonesian island of Sumatra within the

civilization the city states at amber Linga covered much of what now

constitutes southern Thailand on the Malay Peninsula number 8

eventually the area came to be dominated by Thai people who are judicially

thought to have originated what's now southern China and northern Vietnam

migrating to Thailand around the 11th century as such Thai culture is heavily

influenced by the Indian mana and kamae cultures present in the region at the

time number 9 the Thai people are part of a larger ethno-linguistic group

confusingly known as the Thai but spelt without the H the Thai without the H

includes other related groups such as the Shan and lao people's they settled

in villages and organized themselves into administrative units known as me

yang which became the building blocks of the Thai civilizations number 10 it's

worth noting at this point that Thai people with pH have always refer to

their country as may yang Thai or more formally plus head Thai Thai essentially

means free and was used by the tide who distinguish themselves from other groups

in the area as protect means land protect I basically means land of the

free sorry America Thailand got their first number 11

beginning in the 13th century various Thais States emerged most prominently

the surco Thai Kingdom Lana and the IU taya Kingdom though these states often

rival to each other together they began to form the basis of modern tired entity

number twelve the kingdom of Sukkot I began when a local Thai ruler awesomely

named fokin bang clang howl for which we could find exactly zero pronunciation

guides by the way rallied the people to rebel against the dying Khmer Empire and

in 1238 crowned himself the kingdom's first monarch under the title of King C

in Tara Tait most mainstream scholars of Thai history count Sukkot I as the first

kingdom of Thai people finally getting this whole Thailand thing going in the

13th century took you long enough guys number 13 still the most revered of the

surco tide Kings was Ram Kang Kang the third son of King seeing Tara Tate and

his King suyang Wadena folk legend claims that Ranke hangs real parents

were an oppressed named Kegley and a fisherman whom she considered to be

beauteous of form alright get it sister number 14 regardless of whether or not

he was conceived by regular old Royals or an aggressor and a sexy fisherman Ram

cam hang is credited with developing the modern time writing system which is

based on indian monica my scripts generally most experts agree that

writing systems are very important as they enable you to write religious texts

laws and shopping lists number 15 Ram can hang also established Theravada

Buddhism as the official religion which Thai people are still super into even

today like really into it but we'll get to that later number 16 in 1292 King

mangry established the kingdom of Lanna a name which essentially translates to

Thai kingdom of a million rice fields the kingdom was roughly coextensive with

a large area of northern Thailand serving as a foundation of the modern

state and as a center for the spread of Theravada Buddhism across the region

number 17 known as a major hub of trade in Southeast Asia the a attire kingdom

emerged in the mid 14th century and lasted for impressive four hundred

sixteen years doesn't sound like much but stronger than will last

aut a gradually merge with the significantly weakened kingdom of sukkot

i throughout the 15th and 16th centuries number eighteen documented European

contact with Thailand began in 1511 with a Portuguese diplomatic mission to

ayutthaya by the invoice bought a snuke Afonso de Albuquerque after he had

conquered the Malay city of Malacca the big dawgs in ayutthaya didn't seem to

mind that top European and waltz into a

neighboring city and plundered the heck out of it and friendly relations between

idea and Portugal began fairly soon number 19 let's take another moment to

point out another flooding detail about Thailand's name ever since Europeans

made contact with the region in the 16th century Thailand has been known by

outsiders as Siam a word with disputed origin one theory states that the blood

Siam comes from the Sanskrit word sciama meaning dark referring to the dark skin

tone of the native inhabitants that's a touchy subject let's move on

number 20 t iu taya reached its peak during the latter half of the 17th

century during which the region became one of the wealthiest and most

cosmopolitan cities in the world according to its European visitors

it was bougie baby au Te'o was the hippest huh furnace the most happenin

place to be number 21 however IU taya's prominence ultimately declined as

Burma's newly established compound in the state applied pressure eastward in

order to eliminate the kingdom as a political and commercial rival hey UTM

was ultimately destroyed by Burma in 1767 ending the kingdom's long reign

number 22 Oh me a lover soon after however the fragmented region was

quickly reunified by a charismatic military commander named Taksin who

within only a decade drove the burmese out and established the tombery kingdom

purdue she sounds like he's got a lot going for him that guy number 23 however

the tombery kingdom lasted for far less time than tax him probably would have

wanted based on claims of insanity megalomania what oh there's a terrible

combination Saxon was eventually overthrown and executed in 1782 by his

military commander and longtime companion child Priya Chakri live a dick

move but hey that's politics babe he thought I could you baby sorry number 24

Gerald Priya chat Cree who became to be known as Rama 1 or Rama the first I

guess establish himself as the first monarch of the Chakri dynasty which that

exists today sounds like he has a bit of a megalomaniac whole thing going on

himself he also founded the Ratan okosan Kingdom establishing the small village

of Bangkok Oh as its capital number 25 in the mid 19th century a fell over the

name of King Mongkut began signing documents with the signature monk art

king of the Siamese essentially lending the name cyan which

at this point had been for centuries most common name for the country among

outsiders official status number 26 through the 18th and 19th centuries cyan

faced mounting pressure from Western powers including the good old United

Kingdom the world champion of casually sauntering into other countries and

trampling all over their sovereignty well done us pat on back the UK

strong-armed Siam into several unequal treaties but as a result the nation

remained the only Southeast Asian country to avoid direct Western rule

number 27 King Chulalongkorn also known as rama v ascended to the throne in 1868

when he was only 15 years old shoot a long call which is emmaus a

great name isn't it later instituted comprehensive reforms patterned on

Western models that would significantly contribute to the creation of modern

Thailand he abolished slavery established both a police force and

standing army brought uniformity to the legal code and increased agricultural

outputs Chulalongkorn did good number 28 in 1932

a group of young military officers and bureaucrats calling themselves the

People's Party staged a bloodless revolution that's kind of my opinion

ending the nation's absolute monarchy Siam became a constitutional monarchy

and later on in 1939 changed its official name to Thailand which they

then changed back to Siam in 1946 and then back again to Thailand in 1949

crazy times right number 29 under the shadow of the Second World War

Thailand was invaded by Japan in December of 1941 Thailand's Prime

Minister plaque people's song graham commonly known in the west as p bun

granted the japanese free passage and signed a full treaty of alliance with

Japan only days after in January of 1942 Thailand declared war on Britain and the

u.s. spoiler here but wrong side Thailand wrong side number 30 as

Thailand sided with the Japanese during the Second World War Britain demanded

post-war operations as part of the Anglo Thai peace treaty this required Thailand

to deliver around 1.5 million tons of rice to the neighboring region of

Malaysia which at the time was under British control although this amount was

later adjusted downwards because 1.5 million tons of rice that's kind of

mental number 31 the post-war period was understandably a tumultuous time for old

Thailand for a brief period of time democracy flourished and the

role of the military was reduced however in 1946 the rittany enthroned King

Ananda Mahidol was found dead having been murdered in his bed with a gunshot

wound to the head that rhymes the circumstances surrounding the

assassination have never been definitively explained and the incident

is debated to this very day number 32 having narrowly escaped being

convicted of war crimes P bun returned as Prime Minister in 1948 only several

short years later though public confidence at P bun dwindled and in 1957

General Sir Rick Tanner at staged a coup establishing a true military

dictatorship the Constitution was abolished Parliament was dissolved and

all perta cool parties were burned Lambert already spray in the late 1950s

Thailand became major ally of the United States who sought to fortify the nation

as a bulwark against the spread of communism in exchange for hefty economic

incentives the United States established bases in Thailand during the Vietnam War

number 34 apart from a brief period of parliamentary democracy in the mid 70s

the history of modern Thailand has been marred by frequent coos student protests

massacres and prolonged periods of military rule since 2014 the country has

been under the rule of a military hunter and as of the time of making this video

a general election held in March of 2019 remains contested amid allegations of

corruption number 35 today Thailand covers an area of roughly 190 8120

square miles making it slightly smaller than Yemen and slightly larger than

Spain as such Thailand is the 50th largest country by total land area

number 36 because of its unconventional yet perfectly lovely shape Thailand's

border are a touch complicated the country's border to the west and

northwest buy Burma Myanmar to the north by Laos and to the east by Laos and

Cambodia Thailand has a southern border with Malaysia and the thin connection

between its northern and southern lobes which stretches down the craw isthmus of

the Malay Peninsula borders the Gulf of Thailand on its eastern side and Burma

Myanmar the Andaman Sea and the Strait of Malacca to the west

good heavens you're not making this easy Thailand number 37 no come back

Thailand generally experiences a hot and humid climate meteorologically Thailand

has three official seasons hot cool and wet which is essentially everything

I want to be in high school alas I'm only one of those things it's

the last one number 38 Thailand is composed of 76 provinces known as Chiang

watts which are divided into eight hundred seventy eight districts known as

ampere which are further divided into 7255 sub districts known as Tam bond

very neat and tidy number 39 in addition to the uniquely

shaped mainland of Thailand the country also boasts roughly one thousand four

hundred and thirty islands many of these have been featured in well-known

Hollywood films co-people a an island in the epp archipelago and southern

thailand Krabi province appeared in the 1999 film the beach starring leo d caps

for example number 40 with in Thailand's own borders live approximately 69

million people nice the Thai population is mostly rural concentrated in the rice

growing areas of the central north eastern and northern regions of the

country where people can get all that tasty tasty rice oh yes number 41

as such Thailand is the second most populous buddhist country after China

roughly 93 percent of people in Thailand are Buddhists compared to only 18% in

China but since China has way more people like literally the most people

China's teeny little 18 percent translates to around 244 million

Buddhists well over three and a half times Thailand's entire population the

meaning of life the flag of Thailand known in the country as triangle meaning

tricolour is an attractive array of five horizontal stripes the top and bottom of

red followed by white sharks further in with a double width band of dark blue in

the center nice adopted in 1917 and standardized 100 years later in 2017 the

current Thai flag replaced a previous design which was largely the same except

for the fact that the central band was red like the outer stripes number 43

however Thailand changed the innermost red to blue during the first world war

in solidarity with its allies Britain France Russia and the US countries which

all have flags that reach a red white and blue a very kind of Thailand

number 44 another interpretation holds that the colors of Thailand's flag

represent an important aspect of Thai society and culture the red bands

signify the land and people of Thailand the

white represents the Rivard Abood ISM and the bluest Center stands for the

nation's monarchy number 45 the clarity of Thailand is known as BART which is

further subdivided into 100 satang Bart has been used as the Thai name of the

currency since the 19th century prior to which Thailand utilized the highly

complex monetary system called fort Duong which used chunks of metal cast of

various weights number 46 sir the official calendar used in Thailand is

based on the eastern version of the Buddhist era which marks its beginning

from the death of the Buddha 543 years before the birth of Christ

as a result the official calendar in Thailand is always 543 years ahead of

the Gregorian calendar used throughout most of the world that means the current

year there is 2,560 - number 47 Thailand's capital and largest city is

Bangkok which is both a special administrative area and a fun thing you

can yell before slapping someone right between the Ghoulies no offense Thailand

it's just a funny word in English number 48

and yet these silly English connotations about the name Bangkok is not even the

most interesting thing about it though the word Bangkok is the city's official

name in English it's not generally used by the Thais themselves who refer to the

city as Krung Thep mahanakhon or simply Krung Thep which literally translates to

the City of Angels Wow did America steal all its

geographical nicknames from Thailand try being original for once guys number 49

but we're not done the name crime Thep mahanakhon it itself

a shortening of the city's full ceremonial name which is Krung Thep

mahanakhon amman Rattanakosin my antara attire

mahadji look pop no power trap

this on screen now this thing here basically I tried are really trite

meaning City of Angels great city of immortal magnificent city of the nine

gem seat of the King City borough palaces home of God incarnate and rented

by visvakarma NAT indras behest number fifty despite the fact that Bangkok is

the only major city in a country of tens of thousands of small villages

Thailand's capital attracts almost twenty-two million international

tourists every year making it the most visited city on the planet beating out

huge Western cities like London Paris in New York you go Bangkok number 51 at

just over 1031 feet in height the king power mahanakhon skyscraper in Bangkok

is the tallest building in Thailand but that's not all the tallboy of Thailand

has to offer aside from being pretty tall and whatnot the king power

mahanakhon skyscraper is also notable for its unconventional appearance which

features a geometric cube spiral cut into the building's exterior giving it

the appearance of having been attacked by a giant pixelated monster number 52

located in the CIAM tong district in northern Thailand Zhuang my province

Thailand's highest mountain is joy in turn on which turns at 8400 15 foot as

part of the Himalayan mountain range the area is prime yeti habitat so if you're

ever over there remember to leave them some brandine mince pies number 53 in

the last century roughly three-quarters of Thailand's forests have been lost to

logging leading to a total ban on the practice that's thankfully still in

effect today because we need our wood ah I could have worded that so much better

number 54 there are a total of five UNESCO World Heritage Site in Thailand

three of which are cultural and include ban chiang archaeological sites the

historic city of Ayutthaya and the historic town of sukhothai Thailand's

two natural world heritage sites the dong pyar yang kau a forest complex and

the Tong giy kacang wildlife sanctuaries number 55

hey if exotic flowers are your bag doesn't sound very secure no but

seriously a trip to Thailand could be what the

botanist ordered roughly 1500 different species of orchid can be found growing

wild throughout Thailand's forests number 56 established on the 18th of

September 1962 Cali I National Park was the first official National Park

established in Thailand Cayenne Krakken National Park located on the border with

Myanmar is the country's largest park and is home to an exciting array of

elephants leopards and Gibbons in the wild although they probably don't get on

with each other it's like some crazy sitcom over there

number 57 Thailand is often known as the Land of Smiles which began as a

promotional slogan to attract tourists to the country which both stunning

landscapes cheap food and accommodation and a reputation for friendliness and

hospitality number 58 still the country delightful nickname isn't only a bid to

attract more tourists the people of Thailand have numerous names for

different types of smiles used for different purposes these include mgh on

a controlled smile used to express pride or admiration for someone year lasalle a

sad smile used to hide one's emotions and yem hang an oddly specific smile

which is apparently supposed to mean I know I owe you money but I don't have it

right now number 59 in addition to the usual how are you it's common for people

in Thailand to greet each other with have you eaten yet

if I ever run into any of our Thai fans no need to ask me miss just assume that

I haven't number 60 speaking of eating Thai food is a

well-known variety of Asian cuisine that's massively popular around the

world defined by the rejection of simplicity and celebration of complex

recipes and flavors popular Thai food includes massaman curry Thai green curry

Tom Kirk I Cal Pat and of course Pad Thai number 61 while it remains very

uncommon or even tubu throughout the West in many cultures throughout the

world it's perfectly normal to chow down on insects a practice known as

entomophagy Thailand is no exception to this where many natives frequently

enjoyed fried grasshoppers crickets and wood worms number 62 in fact Thailand's

demand for edible insects is so high they even have to import it from

elsewhere every year Thailand ships in almost 270 tons of silkworm papai from

China and roughly 800 tons of other edible insects from Cambodia Burma and

Laos number 63 Thailand also boasts a delectable array of desserts for you to

try after you swore you can't eat another bite of your Pad Thai you've

gluttonous retch made from flour sugar and coconuts Taikan are more popular

treats known for their fun shapes and colors perhaps the most unique konami is

a version Lewin : which is so silky smooth it's

name literally means I forgot I swallowed been there Nintendo 64 there's

a variety of coffee produced in Thailand that's known as black ivory coffee this

luxurious brand is among the world's most expensive coffees selling for as

much as 1,100 US dollars a kilo black ivory coffees valued so highly because

of the particular manner in which it's prepared which involves feeding the

beans to elephants allowing their digestive enzymes to break down the

coffee's protein and impart specific flavors onto the products but how do

they get the beans out of the elephant so here you ask I think you already know

the answer to that number 65 Red Bull the world's most popular energy

drink that says it gives you wings but I tried to fly with them and it didn't

work or to end up with a broken leg anyway it's based on an existing tiny-g

drink known as krating daeng which is aimed at truck driver some workers

dealing with long shifts over a decade later the brand was adapted for Western

tastes by Austrian entrepreneur diet rick mutter shits and the rest is

history though the two brands look very similar

using the same logo featuring two Red Bulls charging at each other in front of

yellow Sun they remain legally separate my parents number 66 Thailand is well

known around the world for its strict allez majesty laws which strongly

prohibit criticism of the royal family reverence for the king in the monarchy

is essential aspect of Thai culture and those who have found guilty of

disrespecting the world family are harshly punished

sometimes with long prison sentences number 67

indeed in 2014 a Thai tour operator named pong sang Sri boom Peng was

convicted under these laws after making six posts on Facebook in which he

supposedly defamed the king the man was sentenced to 10 years for each of his

posts totaling 60 years in prison though this sentence was hard 230 artery

pleaded guilty number 68 by extension of its laws against insult to the royal

family it's also illegal to step on money in Thailand this is because the

Kings fate is printed and engraved on Thai notes and coins and to step on it

would be like pressing the sole of your gross muddy shoe right onto the Kings

face even carrying money around in your back pocket is frowned upon a sitting on

it would be like pressing your backside right into the Kings face which I

wouldn't recommend doing either unless you get his consent first number 16

Bart baby but not only that the well-known Hollywood movie The King and

I while some remains banned in Thailand Oh enjoy its depiction of King Mongkut

which was considered to be derogatory number seven day in fact the tradition

of respect in deference to the monarchy run so deep in Thai culture that it's

even led to the death of Thai Royals in 1880 the queen consort of Thailand

soon--and Kumari Ratana was travelling to the Royal Family's Palace when her

boat capsized now none of her subjects dared touch her such an act was a

capital offense and as a result of this the Queen drowned along with her

one-year-old daughter number 71 in 1985 the song one night in Bangkok from a

concept done by Tim Rice Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus which was subsequently

adapted into the celebrated musical chess was banned in Thailand on the

grounds that it could cause misunderstanding about Thai society and

showed disrespect towards Buddhism number 72 not only that in August of

2014 the military hunter in Thailand banned the video game Tropico five days

on the belief that the game's storyline might affect peace and order in the

country okay number 73 try people also show a great deal of respect and

admiration for their national anthem known as flank chat die the tune is

broadcast on TV twice daily at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and is even played before

movie screenings number 74 in Thailand the sale of alcohol is prohibited during

election time specifically alcohol cannot be bought between 6 p.m. on the

day prior to voting until 6 p.m. on the day of voting itself number 75 under the

playing cards act it's illegal for individuals in Thailand to own more than

120 playing cards the law is so strictly enforced that in 2016 a group of elderly

foreigners including 12 Britons were arrested for this exact reason while

playing bridge number 76 it is illegal in Thailand to

leave your house without wearing underwear well that's fact 76 over and

done with but if that makes me a criminal you

better lock me up and throw away the key number 77 it's also illegal in Thailand

to drive a car while shirtless why do I feel these laws are all targeted at me

I'm kidding I can't drive number 78 if Buddhist holy

site to your thing Thailand has you covered as the country boasts a pretty

impressive 35,000 temples be aware however that

generally speaking visitors are required to wear modest clothing so make sure you

look the part before you go number 79 there's a temple in the Khun harm

district of Thailand's northeast and sisaket province called watts per maja

chedi chaya though it's also known as the temple of a million bottles as it

turns out that's a pretty inaccurate name for the temple as it's actually

made up of 1.5 million empty beer bottles created by a group of Buddhist

monks seeking an environmentally friendly way to reuse discarded glass

bottles I would have just written 1.5 million messages and chuck them in the

sea all of them saying like and subscribe please her but I guess that's

good too number 80 the temple of wat bang prayer

in the nak on chai c district in thailand central makan Pathan province

attracts thousands of people every year for the purpose of receiving the

traditional sak Yant tattoo which is believed to offer

protection against danger and death and bring the recipient luck courage and

power dating back to the 9th century the traditional method of sak Yant tattooing

involves the use of a two-foot long bamboo needle so make sure you're okay

with getting stabbed repeatedly by a Buddhist monk with a pointy stick before

making the trip number 81 the great buddha rat island located in Gwaltney

yang monastery in Thailand central anton province is the country's tallest statue

made of concrete and painted bright gold the statue was completed in 2008 after

19 years of construction and today stands at an impressive 92 meters tall

and 63 meters wide making it the ninth tallest statue on this very earth number

82 however that isn't the only impressive

Buddha statue that Thailand has to offer in the mid-1950s a fairly unremarkable

Buddha statue in a fairly unremarkable temple in Bangkok called what trimet was

being moved to a different area of the compound when the massive figure was

dropped cracking its exterior when workers examined the damage they noticed

a bright golden surface underneath and upon removing more of the outer material

it was discovered that the unassuming plastics terior covered an enormous

solid gold Buddha statue which is exactly what you'd want to find inside

your enormous not solid gold but a statue like a big kinder egg number 83

if you've ever wondered what Buddhist hell is like wonder no more

aunt Wang Sen sook hell garden near Bangkok visit

can take a leisurely stroll through a garden of statues depicting the various

levels of pain and torment in Naraka which is often thought of as the rough

equivalent of hell in Buddhism the numerous statues depict gruesome scenes

like people being stabbed eaten by animals boiled alive sawed in half

hacked with axes disemboweled dismembered or having their tongues

ripped out so there really is something for everyone here number 84

despite Buddhism's prevalence in the country traditional beliefs in folklore

have a prominent place in Thai culture one of the most shocking practices is

cumin tongue which essentially translates to little golden boy and

refers to a household divinity believed to bring good luck

while cumin Tong is often represented with small plastic statues of figurines

the traditional practice involves roasting stillborn fetuses and covering

the drive remains in gold leaf to create a terrifying effigy that said to ward

off evil spirits I mean that it's clearly not done anymore for obvious

reasons and good good number 85 measuring in at 3 meters in height and

weighing 5 and 1/2 metric tonnes the golden statue at what Prime it is

thought to have been constructed in the stucco thai period before being covered

in plaster in the latter half of the 18th century to prevent it from being

stolen by Burmese invaders the statue was somehow then forgotten about and as

a result had stood unnoticed in Bangkok for almost 200 years prior to its

discovery number 86 Thailand's national sport is of course dressage just kidding

it's Thai boxing also known as mai tai a notoriously brutal combat sport in which

athletes use punches kicks elbows and knees to beat the heck out of each other

to win as a result it's often referred to as the art of eight limbs which I'm

sure will inspire considerable protests among the spiders and octopi who watch

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number 87 another popular sport in Thailand is elephant polo which as the

name boldly suggests is a variant of polo played while riding elephants the

game is also played in Nepal Sri Lanka and parts of India though apparently

England and Scotland also regularly field teams too which is news to me

number 88 Thailand is home to possibly the world's smallest mammal known as

kittis hog-nosed bat also found in neighboring myanmar the adorable little

critter weighs only 2 grams and is also known as the bumblebee bat number 89

Siamese cat is a breed of cats native to Thailand and is one of the first

distinctly recognized breeds of Asian cats known for its creamy coat accented

with dark markings around the face and feet the breed is known in Thailand as

which she and Matt which roughly translates to moon Dimond number 19

apparently it's a gesture of good luck and good fortune to gift a bride on her

wedding day with a pair of kirat cats another famous breed Oh Thai cat number

91 Thailand is also home to the summit pecan crocodile farm which claims not

only be the world's first but also the world's largest crocodile farm in the

world the facility houses approximately 100,000 Crocs which is enough Crocs for

50,000 people number 92 every year the people living near that

prat prang sam yot temple puts on a huge feast consisting mova two tons of meat

fruit ice cream and other treats although the feast is for roughly 600

local monkeys tonight fully known as the monkey buffet the festival is held in

thanks for the local monkey population who bring thousands of tourists to the

area number 93 in Thailand people celebrate New Year with a state

sponsored multiple day water fight known as Songkran the festival is one of

Thailand's biggest celebrations and attracts more than half a million

tourists to join the water fights number 94 upon hearing the words vegetarian

festival one would be forgiven and presuming such an event would be likely

fairly relaxed and subdued of course you'd be dead wrong you know you've

false in actuality the festival involves copious amounts of ritualized

self-mutilation performed in an attempt to purify one's soul this often includes

the slashing and partial skinning of one's limbs chest and stomach or the

pacing of cheeks with not only saw two needles but they're each other strange

objects like guns number 95 Siamese twins which is a fairly old-fashioned

term the conjoined twins originates with Chang and Eng bunker who were Siamese

American conjoined twin brothers born in the early 19th century as they traveled

throughout the US and Europe the curiosity that arose around the two

brothers was so profound the term Siamese twins became a synonym

for contouring siblings in general number 96

a sign from Chang and Eng banca other well-known time Americans include model

and TV personality Chrissy Teigen professional skateboarder Eric Koston

and world-famous golfer tiger woods number 97 when socializing online

or posting a hilariously relatable tweet people in Thailand type 555 instead of

law this is because in the Thai language the number 5 is pronounced her so three

times in a row translates to hahaha number 98 Thailand actually has more

7-elevens than the US and his second only to Japan in this regard the country

had ten thousand three hundred stalls at the beginning of 2018 and is expected to

have thirteen thousand by 2021 number 99 for several years before

opening its first store in Thailand the Swedish furniture and home where store

IKEA had Thai translators carefully scrutinized their merchandise this is

because the names of certain IKEA products when translated literally into

Thai have suggestive connotations apparently Brad Alan and IKEA bed that's

named after a town in Norway sounds similar to a Thai term for

below-the-belt fondling what an innocent plant pot named Jetta broth supposedly

resembles a Thai slang term for naughty business number a hundred oh yeah yeah

there's a bakery in Thailand which makes bread that looks like realistic body

parts including decapitated heads dismembered torsos and severed limbs you

know just in case you felt like giving cannibalism ago but would rather not go

to prison for it number 101 after the release of the 1957 British American

epic war film The Bridge on the River Kwai tourists traveled to Thailand to

see the bridge to smite the fact there never was an actual bridge over the

river kwai though there was and still is APO W made bridge over Michael on river

of which the choir is a tribute tree not to disappoint their guests though the

Thai authorities decided to rename the portion of the mic long over which the

bridge stands to cry meaning big cry and the name of the old kwai river was

modified to cry Noi meaning little qui qui Houck wind of Thailand's do that ah

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