Did you know that Thailand wasn’t always called Thailand? Or that on Tuesdays people in Thailand wear pink? Neither did we! Check out our list of facts about Thailand below to learn more about this beautiful Asian country full of smiling people. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you’ll enjoy learning all about these interesting Thailand facts!
5 Interesting Thailand Facts
- Thailand’s name was Siam until 1939. (source) The country was known as Siam until the Siamese revolution took place between 1932 to 1939 during which the government transformed from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional one. After the revolution, the country’s name was changed from the Kingdom of Siam to the Kingdom of Thailand.
- 40 million tourists visited Thailand in 2019. (source) Thailand received 39.8 million international tourists during 2019, making it the eighth most visited country in the world. The booming tourism sector accounted for 20% of Thailand’s GDP in 2019 and is projected to account for 30% by 2030.
- Men in Thailand have the world’s shortest average penis size. (source) A study comparing the sizes of both flaccid and erect penises compared the average length in 143 countries around the world and Thailand was found to have the shortest average for both flaccid and erect penises.
- In Thailand, each day of the week corresponds to a color. (source) Thai culture has a color that corresponds with each day of the week and wearing the color on that day is believed to bring good luck. The colors for each day are: Sunday is red, Monday is yellow, Tuesday is pink, Wednesday is green/grey, Thursday is orange, Friday is blue, and Saturday is purple.
- People of Thailand use 13 different smiles to express themselves. (source) Thailand is known as “The Land of Smiles” because smiling is used as a form of communication between Thai people. They have a specific smile for saying “I’m proud of you”, the “I disagree with you” smile, and a certain smile you give someone when you owe them money but don’t have it; to name a few.