Thailand is the only county in Southeast Asia that has never been colonized by a European Nation.
Thailand has the world’s largest gold Buddha, the largest crocodile farm, the largest restaurants, the tallest hotel and the longest single-span suspension bridge.
The world’s smallest mammal, the Craseonycteris thonglongyai (the bumble bat) can be found in Thailand
The longest documented hair at 16’11 long was found on the head of Thai medicine man, Hoo Sateow.
In 1999, 30 vets worked to heal a 38-year-old cow elephants’ foot, which had been destroyed when she stepped on a landmine in Thailand. It set the record for the largest number of vets in one procedure.
Thailand set the record for the longest catwalk on April 9, 2010. The catwalk was 1,584 meters long and was part of the Pattaya International Fashion Week.
One-tenth of all animal species on Earth live in Thailand.
More than 1,500 species of orchids grow wild in Thai forests. Thailand is the world’s number one orchid exporter.
Thailand is home to the world’s longest poisonous snake, the king cobra. The cobra can reach more than 18 feet long, and one bite from it can kill an elephant.
The Mekong River, which forms part of Thailand’s eastern border, supports more than 1,300 species of fish. It holds some of the world’s largest freshwater fish, including a giant catfish which can reach nearly 10 feet long and weigh as much as 660 lbs.
One of Thailand’s most curious creatures is the mudskipper, which is a fish that is capable of walking on land and climbing trees. It uses its fins to “walk” and can absorb oxygen through its skin and lining in its mouth. It spends most of its time out of the water, eating the algae in tidal pools.
A century ago, more than 100,000 elephants lived in Thailand, with about 20,000 of them untamed. Now, there are about 5,000, with less than half of them wild.
Thailand is the world’s largest producer of tin.
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