What is going on in Thailand?!
Thailand has become an increasingly popular tourist destination for people who are looking for not just a great time, but the best time ever! There’s tons of beautiful beaches to play on, festivals to enjoy, and a serious nightlife culture where you can find literally any pleasure that you’re looking for. You may want to take a moment to learn a little more about Thailand before you take off.
And you’re in luck, because we’ve got all the information you need right here!
What’s in a name?
We call Thailand’s capital and most populous city Bangkok, but the full ceremonial name is a mouthful. Try saying Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit five times fast.
The country formerly known as Siam
If you’ve ever heard of the country called Siam, you were hearing about Thailand. For centuries, the country was called Siam by outsiders as the word “siam” means “brown” in Sanskrit.
Meanwhile, Thailand isn’t exactly right, either! The Thai citizens actually call the country Mueang Thai in their native tongue.
It’s almost like flipping someone the bird when you show the underside of your foot to someone in Thailand as feet are considered unclean,in their culture. You should take care to notice where the bottom of your foot is pointing when you’re sitting down.
Also, try to aim it away from temples if you can!