There’s more to Thailand than its world-class beaches or ancient sites. Discover the many awesome facets of this tropical paradise. Here’s Thailand by the numbers.
1,430 Beautiful Islands
Hollywood has already discovered many of these beauties (among them, Koh Phi Phi, featured in the film The Beach). Which islands have you been to – or want to try out next time? Phuket, Koh Chang, and Koh Samui are some of the top tourist favorites.
35.38 million Travelers in 2017
With its dazzling temples, friendly people, and spectacular islands and beaches, small wonder Thailand attracts millions of tourists, as well as expatriates from developed countries. And did you know that
Bangkok ranks #2 in Forbes’ 2014 list of the most visited cities in the world?
169 Letters in Bangkok’s Real Name
Bangkok’s full ceremonial name (Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit) holds the Guinness record for the longest name of a place! Yup, Bangkok does everything in grand scale, including its temples and palaces.
3,219 Kilometers of Breathtaking Coastlines
Now you know why Thailand is known for its many tropical beaches. Get ready to soak in the sun and the views at Nai Harn, Railay, Kata Noi, Phra Nang, Karon, Patong, and many other beaches. Bonus: Check out the luxury villas nearby – enjoy spacious rooms, 5-star amenities, and great locations.
These ornate and opulent temples are absolute must-sees for sheer visual delight. Among the most famous ones that should be in your itinerary – the Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of Emerald Buddha), the Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), and the iconic Wat Arun. Be sure to don modest attire when visiting.
Thailand is elephant country. Unfortunately, the number above is what remains of these gentle giants out of more than 100,000 a century ago. If you feel like being adventurous, book an elephant camp or nature park tour. Or, even better, volunteer at an elephant sanctuary.
250 Golf Courses
Golf great Tiger Woods is of course Thailand’s favorite son. And the country is often nicknamed the “Golf Capital of Asia” – with 250 beautifully kept courses and a golf tourism that recently reached about US$2 Billion. Coincidence or not, if you’re a golfer, do take advantage of Thailand’s premier golf options.
70 Years on the Throne
Having ascended the throne in June 1946, the US-born and very accomplished King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the world’s longest-serving head of state. Proofs of his subjects’ love for him (and something to remember): It is illegal to criticize the monarchy and deface or step on his image (for example, on Thai currency). Father’s Day is also celebrated on December 5 – his birthday.
5th Friendliest Country
There’s a reason they call it the “Land of Smiles”. Thailand consistently scores high on “friendliest countries” lists compiled by travel blog readers and even the World Economic Forum. Vacations are just more enjoyable if the locals are all warm and fuzzy, don’t you think?
5,000 Seats…in One Restaurant
Until 2008, Bangkok’s Royal Dragon Restaurant (1.6 hectares with 541 roller-skating waiters) held the Guinness World Record for world’s largest restaurant. Just one of the many pleasures to expect – from street stands to floating restaurants to epicurean fantasies – in Bangkok’s incredible food scene.