Thailand Info Facts about Thailand

Thailand Info Facts about Thailand

Author: Terry Bouris at Islandinfokohsamui.com

 

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Thailand Info Facts about Thailand

Thailand Info Facts about Thailand

LARGEST PROVINCES IN THAILAND
1. Nakhon Ratchasima 20,493 sq.klm
2. Chiang Mai 20,107 sq.klm
3. Kanchanaburi 19,483 sq.klm

Thailand Info Facts about Thailand

Thailand Info Facts about Thailand

LARGEST ISLANDS IN THAILAND
1. Phuket 543 sq.klm
2. Chang 429 sq.klm
3. Samui 247 sq. klm

Thailand Info Facts about Thailand

 

HIGHEST PEAKS IN THAILAND
1. Doi Inthanon 2,565 metres
2. Doi Pha Hom Pok 2,285 metres
3. Doi Chiang Dao 2,195 metre

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LONGEST RIVERS IN THAILAND
1. Chi 765 klm
2. Mun 750 klm
3. Nan 740 klm
4. Chao Phraya 370 klm
Nan and its main tributary, Chao Phraya, combined are 1,110 klm.

CHI RIVER, THAILAND, LONGEST, RIVER

 

MAJOR AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS OF THAILAND

  • Rubber
  • Sugar
  • Rice
  • Tapioca

MAJOR MANUFACTURED EXPORTS OF THAILAND

  • Computers and computer parts
  • Cars and car spare parts
  • Gems and jewellery
  • Petroleum products
  • Plastic resins
  • Chemicals
  • Electronic integrated circuits
  • Rubber products
  • Foodstuffs

Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

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Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and a must-do for any first-time visitor in Bangkok. It’s one of the largest temple complexes in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf. It’s an easy ten minute walk between here and the Grand Palace, and we recommend coming to Wat Pho second, because even though the golden Buddha here is just as popular many people don’t take the time to wander around the rest of the complex so the experience tends to be far more relaxing. This is also a great place to get a traditional Thai massage. Wat Pho is often considered the leading school of massage in Thailand, so you really are in good hands here. Since December 2012, entrance to the temple costs 100 baht and you can visit any time between 08:00 and 17:00.

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Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

Author: Pen Drageon

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Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food
Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food
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Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food. What can be more exciting than to seek out the local simple cuisine of the country you are visiting to truly understand the culture and customs. It is no different when you visit colourful Thailand which is rich in many varieties of food from the four corners of the country and each offering a unique blend of spices and herbs in their dishes.Street food in Thailand is easy to find, rich in aroma and taste, cheap, and interesting to the taste buds.

While there are many types of street food in Thailand, deciding what to try first or even attempting to order it might seem daunting if you do not know what it is, so to help you along, here is a list of the mostcommon street food in Thailand.

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

  1. Pad Thai

The most famous Thai noodle, Pad Thai can be found at most street food vendors along the streets of Bangkok, at food courts and even night markets or small eating shops. Pad Thai is a quick fry thin rice noodle called “seh lek”. The noodle is fried with either prawns (kung), Seafood (talay), chicken (kai), or pork (moo) and served with bean sprouts, garlic sprouts, ground peanut, a slice of lime and sometimes young banana flower. The average cost for a plate of Pad Thai is THB35 along the streets. It taste a little sweet as are most Thai foodand you can flavor it to your desired taste with fish sauce, vinegar and sugar.

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

  1. Khao Mun Kai (Thai chicken rice)

Khao mun kai is a typical Thai chicken rice dish found also along the streets, food courts and shop stalls. A Khao mun kai vendor is easily recognized by the hanging steamed chickens at the stall. Thai chicken rice has two varieties, steamed or fried chicken. The fried chicken rice is known as ‘Khao mun kai todd’ where the chicken pieces are battered and fried. Some patrons like to have a piece of chicken liver (taap) and slice of blood cake (leard) with their chicken rice. Some outlets provide the standard chicken rice sauce and additional garlic and ginger with thick soy sauce. Average price per dish is THB40

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

  1. Som Tum (young papaya salad)

Som tum can be considered a Thai National Dish among the many national dishes. Som tum is a fresh salad of shredded green papayaand a variety of condiments. Two common street vendor condiments such as salted black crab (poo kem) and salted fresh sea crab (poo ma), but seafood (talay) and several other types which are mostly found only in food courts or restaurants. Som tum vendors are recognized by their display of long beans, limes, young green papayas and the familiar sound of the wooden mortar and pestle which goes “tok. tok’ tok”! Som tum poo (the salted black crab) is the most popular. In the som tum dish are shredded young papaya, long beans, tomatoes, salted crab, lime juice, fish sauce, molasses, garlic and chilies which are blended in the wooden mortar with a pestle. If you do not want it to be too spicy then just say “phed nit noi” or if you do not want chili then it is “mai sai pik”. Som tum is eaten with a side of herbs such as basil and fresh cabbage and to make it a little more filling, you can add on Thai sticky rice (Khao niao). Total cost with the sticky rice is around THB35. Some people also like to eat it with grilled pork (moo yang) or chicken (kai yang).

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

  1. Kai Yang (grilled chicken)

You can find a Kai yang stall anywhere along the street and it is easily recognized by first the aromatic smell of the barbecued chicken before you even reach the stall! It is not uncommon for a Thai grilled chicken stall to also be grilling a variety of other meats such as pork ribs, chicken livers, chicken innards and even fish such as salted fish (pla khim) or grilled catfish (paduk). The chicken and chicken parts, cat fish and pork is first marinated with lemongrass, turmeric, molasses or honey, salt, pepper and pandanus leaves before being skewered with bamboo sticks or bamboo clamps and grilled over a charcoal fire. Grilled meat dishes normally accompany the som tum salad or eaten on its own with sticky rice and a chili dip. Average price for a piece of grilled drumstick and thigh is THB50 depending on your location.

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

Bangkok Thailand Top 10 budget street food

  1. Tom Yum noodles (Kuey teow tom yum)

Tom yum is a spicy, sour and rich milk based broth that is used in seafood soup or soup for noodles. A noodle stall selling tom yum noodles is sometimes found along the street but mostly in a food court, floating market, night market or a noodle stall in a sidewalk street or where plenty of street food vendors are found. The stall will have bags of noodles, fish balls and pictures of the different types of noodles they serve. There are a few types of noodles that can be eaten with a tom yum soup such as rice vermicelli (sen mee), thin rice noodle (seh lek), thick rice noodle (seh yai) or egg noodle (bah mee). Toppings that go with the tom yum noodle include seafood (talay), chicken (kai), prawns (kung), fishball (lok chin pla) or mushrooms (hed). A bowl of Tom Yum noodles cost around THB40.

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Thailand Info Rimpa Lapin Restaurant Pattaya

Thailand Info Rimpa Lapin Restaurant Pattaya

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Information for the Rimpa Lapin Pattaya Thailand

Thailand Info Rimpa Lapin Restaurant Pattaya

The Rimpa Lapin Pattaya Thailand is one of famous restaurant in the Pattaya area. Its reputation comes from the terrific views of the bay overlooking Baan Amphur beach and Jomtien, offered as the restaurant is located on a cliffside, which it is quite difficult to find somewhere else. With the fascinating location, the restaurant can also provide romantic atmosphere towards a couple. Rimpa Lapin also offers a variety of food style, Thai food, Europe food, and sea food. The location or Rimpa Lapin restaurant is not in Pattaya City, but not too far away, Located in Na Jomtien, near the Ambassador  hotel.

Rimpa Lapin has been established by Khun Oat and Khun Lapin several years ago. As Khun Lapin’s family had a property of the present location of the restaurant for a long time, but they hadn’t done anything about it yet. Khun Oat and Khun Lapin then started using the property for the restaurant. They said that the restaurant on this cliff was their dream for a long time.

At the restaurant, there are 3 levels sitting on the cliff so that customers can enjoy incredible sea views. Before sunset, it even offers wonderful and romantic feelings. Its design is also help to provide an ambient atmosphere. However, in exchange of enjoying incredible feelings, customers will have to pay more for the food price at Rimpa Lapin than general restaurants. Note that as regular customers prefer to select the tables on the cliff,  you might have to wait for a while to take their place. It would suggest that you  make a reservation before arriving, so as not to bedisappointed. My wife and I are quite regular at this restaurant. My wife really enjoys the selection of Thai food and i  love to take photographs of the scenery and sunset.

Thailand Info Rimpa Lapin Restaurant Pattaya

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Thailand Info Rimpa Lapin Restaurant Pattaya

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Thailand Info Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month

Thailand Info Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month

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Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month (ประเพณีเทศกาลเดือนสิบ)

Thailand Info Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month

Thailand Info Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month

When: Annualy on the 1st waning-moon night to the 15th waning-moon night in the 10th Lunar month

Where: Nakhon Si Thammarat. Southern Thailand

This ancient festival (also known as the Bun Festival and Red Cross Fair or Tham Bun Duean Sip งานเทศกาลทำบุญเดือนสิบ),  is a thanks giving custom and is a time for the Thai people of this province to make merit and give offerings to the monks, spirits such as the Rice Goddess Mae Posop and deceased relatives. While this time of the year, prior to the new harvest is celebrated across the country and goes by many different names, here in the southern provinces the event is regarded as one of the most important festivals of the year, no more so than in Nakhon Si Thammarat. where the tradition has evolved into possibly the biggest festival of its kind in the Kingdom.

 

Thailand Info Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month

Thailand Info Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month

Influences from Hinduism

In eons past, this time of year was called simply the ‘First Planting’ or ‘First Rice’, later local Beliefs across the Kingdom were infused with the Hindu religion and the event took on a part of the Hinduism tradition of the  ‘Pali’Sarada Merit Making ceremony (‘sarada’, meaning “autumn season”) in which a rice pudding called Kheer is offered to Ganesha the elephant god.

It is at this time of the year when crops are at their most bountiful, that the local people believe that the spirits of their ancestors return to this world to feast with their living relatives. These spirits are only allowed to meet their relatives for 15 days and must return to from where they came before sunrise of the 15th day. Here on the beginning on the 13th day, people will go shopping for food to be given to their ancestors, the following day is spent preparing and decorating the floats that will be used in the upcoming parade. Finally on the 15th day the living try to appease the spirits by taking food to temples to make merit.

 

Thailand Info Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month

Thailand Info Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month

As part of the celebrations there is a large and colourful procession along Ratchadamnoen Road, featuring a mass of floats and individuals carrying images of demons and food offerings, dancers in traditional costumes escort the parade and the area is alive with musicians and dancers competing in competitions, along with a variety of folk displays and handicraft demonstrations and of course plenty of stalls selling delicious local food and drinks

Snatching Demons

A ‘snatching demons’ custom is observed during the festival, whereby baskets of food cakes are laid down as a food offering to ancestral spirits. Once the baskets are placed onto the floor, throngs of people rush in and snatch the food, this mad stampede is known as ‘snatching demons’

 

Thailand Info Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month

Thailand Info Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month

Similarity with other festivals in Thailand

The Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month is very similar to the Por Tor Festival or ‘Hungry Ghost Festival’ (or Sart Duan Sib), that is held annually in Phuket and across southern Thailand but which has its roots in Chinese folk lore, it also is similar to the purely Thai event of Festival of Offerings to the Dead (Sart Day) วันสาทรไทย, which is held all over the Kingdom, around the same time. It is also similar to The Tiggkrahad ritual, and around the same time as the purely Mon event, The Mon Floating Boat Festival. It is also around the same time as the Karen festival of Khao Ho or Ang Mi Thong

Another common thread of these festivals is the food that is offered to both the spirits and the monks. The major dish is “Krayasart” prepared from sticky rice, bean, sugar and sesame which is cooked into a paste and then wrapped in a banana leaf. Others are Kao Pong, Kanom La, Kanom Kong, Kanom D-sum, and Kanom Ba. All of them are made from rice, sugar and coconut milk. These foods are prepared with the belief to be in favor of the ancestors and the holy spirits.

 

Thailand Info Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month

 

This Tenth Month Merit-Making Custom is also practiced among the people the Tai-Lao (Sino-Tibetan) speaking people outside Thailand and among the Khmers, Mons and Myanmar

 

What-ever name it is known by, the essential message remains the same: To offer first seasonal farm produce to gods and ancestral spirits as well as offering food to the monks, in the hope of securing an abundance of food for the season that follows.

 

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Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok! Step back into the Jurassic period where movies become reality right here in Bangkok. Dinosaur Planet.

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Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Author : Pen Drageon

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Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

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Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!. Step back into the Jurassic period where movies become reality right here in Bangkok. Dinosaur Planet, located right in the heart of Bangkok city at the prestigious EM District on Sukhumvit Road and just a short distance from the Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain line. Nearby shopping includes the Emporium Bangkok and Emquartier Shopping centers which cater to the middle and upper-class clientele as well as numerous cafes and pubs in the vicinity.

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

To get to the Dinosaur Planet site, walk about one hundred meters from the BTS or cross the road from the shopping centers. You will not miss the place with the Dino Eye ferris wheel in plain sight. Dinosaur Planet opened its doors in March 2016 after a quick setup and an expensive investment. If you love dinosaurs and your aim is to just take a few pictures with these electronically animated life-sized gargantuan reptiles, then this place is for you if you do not mind the fairly steep entrance tickets.

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Mind you that the price of the entrance tickets which cost THB600 per person at the door does not include rides such as the Dino Eye ferris wheel that has a few more dinosaurs in there or other kiddy rides on the mobile dinosaurs.

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

At the courtyard of the entrance there is the big Tyrannosaurus Rexon the top of the building and a pair of Brontosaurus which are quite impressive. You can then head on to the 4D Deep Ocean Room where there is another dinosaur on display along with loads of large balls to simulate air bubbles for kids to play with and even a few adults!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

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From the sea to the ferris wheel (bear in mind this ride is another THB200 per person but was recently put on hold by the tourism ministry for two weeks due to safety reasons since the publication of this article due to a fire on one of the ferris wheel cabs in mid-air). There are a few more dinosaurs in here and the number of dinosaurs in total at the theme park is around 200 life-sized animated models.

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

In total there are eight zones spread over 15,000 square meters. Other zones are the Big Bone Gallery where you can view huge mock-ups of dinosaur skeletons for the Triceratops andStegosaurus or head on to the Dino Lab and watch baby dinosaurs hatch from eggs. There are also two shows which are the Great Volcano and The Extinction Live show in the courtyard. Those who love thrills, go check the Raptor X-Treme cages and come face to face with a Jurassic style Velociraptor.

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Kids would love the dinosaur rides at the Dino Farm but each ride is an additional charge as it is with the craft station where children can build clay models of dinosaurs.

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

If you are hungry, the Dino Square has a few stores for food and a gift shop. However my advice is that it is best to eat before you come as there is nothing much on offer in terms of food plus it is rather expensive compared to even eating at the high-end department stores of Emporium and Emquartier Food Courts across the road.

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

Kids would pester you for toys and souvenirs at the gift shop that has everything dinosaur to keep them amused for a short while. You can find dinosaur coin banks, battery-operated dinosaurs, mugs, t-shirts and soft toys here.

Thailand Info the dinosaurs are here in Bangkok!

On a whole, if you absolutely love these dinosaurs, have kids you are trying to occupy their time over the holidays or seriously do not mind spending a fortune for a half day entertainment, then this place is interesting. Compared to other theme parks in Bangkok or family attractions which offer an all-in-one ticket price at the entrance, Dinosaur Planet is rather steep and parents can expect to spend around THB1000 per person on the average for an adult for food and all the rides or THB700 for each child for a few mere hours of entertainment. There are not many prominent rides in this theme park and the attraction is as the name says, all about dinosaurs. Do not expect thrill rides or roller coasters or even merry-go-rounds. If you absolutely must have a photo with a dinosaur or two, then by all means head on down to the Dinosaur Planet!

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Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

Mysterious goings on – nobody dares move the shrine in the middle of the road!
Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani. UDON THANI: — Visitors to a small village in Udon Thani in the north east of Thailand could be forgiven for thinking that the locals are a little potty when they see a shrine in the middle of the road. But those who have dissed the shrine have met with quick and violent death.

While those that respect its awesome power have enjoyed nothing but success and prosperity, reported Sanook.

The shrine is in the village of Ban Nong Kungsri in Nong Kungsri district. It has all the usual trappings of a village shrine – models of elephants, horses, dolls and suchlike adorn its base. There are offerings aplenty of rice and drinks to satisfy the spirits.

But it just happens to be in the middle of the intersection at the heart of the village making it unusual.

Poo Yai Ban (village headman) Thongsa Chartphaengta, 45, is well aware of the history of his village and the background to why the shrine is there. He said that the village came into existence in 1932 and at present there were 215 houses and 856 people living there, mostly farmers.

The shrine used to be in a different location years ago but following the death of many people in a cholera outbreak it was moved to its present location that was just a dirt track at the time.

Some years later the local authority wanted to pave the road so a meeting with all in the village was convened to decide what to do about the shrine. There was a heated debate with some wanting to move it and some thinking it should be left where it was.

At the meeting one man spoke disrespectfully about the shrine and even shocked villagers by pointing in its direction with his foot – a complete no-no in Thai culture. After the meeting broke up the man walked home and within minutes he was dead. Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

He was flattened by a ten wheel truck.

Later some road workers were in the area. One of the men thought having a shrine in the road was a stupid idea and was heard to use rude words when referring to it. In no time whatsoever the man involved had his head flattened by a passing plough dying on the spot.

Since these incidents no one has even dared mention moving the shrine.

In fact the complete opposite has occurred, said Thongsa. It has now been there for several generations. It was a wooden structure but after that rotted a cement one was placed in the same location.

Villagers who pray to the shrine get success and happiness. Students pass their exams, there is prosperity and everyone lives in peace and harmony in the village, he said.

And no one wants to jeopardize that by moving the shrine that will stay in the middle of the road. Thailand Info Mysterious goings on in Udon Thani

Source: Sanook

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