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Why people need to travel? What are the benefits we could get when we travel?
When we travel locally or abroad these are the things that we could get:
- We will understand the cultures of other people
- We could get rid of stress and this is the reason why it could make us become healthier
- Improves social and communication skills, being able to mingle with different kinds of people
- Helps us obtain original and creative thoughts
- Helps us boosts up our confidence
- Gets you real-life education which is not learned inside the classroom
- It creates memories for lifetime which would serve as an inspiration
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So when was the last time you travel?
I’ve been travelling almost every year but it is a work related travel so there’s not much enjoyment in it although some of the benefits mentioned above could still be acquired, like when you understand the culture of other people living in the place where you visit it could help you understand your own culture more deeply.
Aside from a work related travel, I’m glad I also had travelled to Hong Kong and Macau and did a blog for both visits. It was indeed a once in a lifetime experience that I could treasure the rest of my life. I know not all people are given the chance to travel abroad so such chance was indeed a great opportunity for me.
Now I’m onto my next travel plans which I wish would be Thailand.
Friendly and fun-loving, cultured and historic, Thailand radiates a golden hue, from its glittering temples and tropical beaches through to the ever-comforting Thai smile. – Website
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Thailand is a land of surprise as they call it, and also known as the Land of Smiles, the country in Southeast Asia most visited by tourist, maybe because of their stunning beach resorts (crystal blue waters), not to mention their foods (that can curl your nose hairs) which is adored around the world and a lot more. And with 16 million foreigners flying to Thailand every year, that only mean that Thailand is one of the best tourist destinations that one should not miss to visit.
And despite the heavy flow of tourism, Thailand retains its quintessential Thai-ness, with a culture and history all its own and a carefree people famed for their smiles and their fun-seeking sanuk lifestyle. - https://wikitravel.org
Up to this time, many foreigners come to Thailand and later would have a hard time finding for reasons to leave which make them extend their stay against their original plans. Sometimes they stayed for a year just to enjoy whatever Thailand could offer to them. So whatever your cup of tea, you can have it in Thailand, in other words, you can find almost anything in Thailand.
Brief History of Thailand
Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that was never colonized by an European country. In fact, in the Thai language, the name of the country is PrathetThai which means “land of the free.” Very fitting! – Wikipedia
Thailand is where you’ll find both the smallest and the largest creatures, home to the world’s:
- Largest gold Buddha,
- Largest crocodile farm,
- Largest restaurant,
- Longest single-span suspension bridge,
- and the world’s tallest hotel.
Buddhism is Thailand’s largest religion with approximately 94.6% of the total population. It is surprising to know that only 0.7% are Christians and the rest of the small portions are Muslims and others.
Thailand shares a border with four countries:
- Malaysia to the south
- Laos to the north and east
- Myanmar to the north and west,
- And Cambodia to the southeast
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Here are some interesting Facts about Thailand
1. The bumblebee bat, which is considered as the smallest mammal in the world can be found in Thailand.
2. The whale shark, the largest fish in the world can be found in Thai waters.
3. Thailand has many flags aside from their official flag they also have other flags called the “Royal Flags”
4. One-tenth of the entire population of Thailand lives in its capital which is Bangkok and the largest city in Thailand and considered as the hottest city in the world.
5. Thailand is the world’s largest orchid exporters, there are about 1,500 orchid (Thailand’s capital flower) species in Thailand, this flower are found growing wild in Thai forest.
6. Thailand is really a land of temples, with more than 35,000 temples scattered around.
7. Thailand has more birds than Europe and America combined.
8. Rice is the most exported crop and just like Philippines it is a staple in Thai cuisine.
9. There are more than 5,000 elephants in Thailand.
10. Tiger Woods, the World-famous golfer is the son a Thai mother
11. Thailand’s most curious creatures is the mudskipper, which is a fish that is capable of walking on land and climbing trees. I haven’t heard about this before.
12. One of the world’s most expensive food items can be found in Thai caves. It’s the Swiftlet nests which is made from strands of saliva from the male swiftlet bird. It can be sold for $900 per pound.
13. Thailand is also the home of the world’s longest poisonous snake, the king cobra which can reach more than 18 feet long, it is so poisonous that even one bite can kill an elephant in an instant.
14. The world’s largest Christmas log cake was made in Bangkok in 1997. The cake weighed 5,071 lbs. and reached 27’ 6".
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Some other weird and amazing facts about Thailand:
1. In the past, all Thai young men including the kings are required or advised to become Buddhist monks for at least a short period of time before their 20th birthday.
2. Have you heard about a festival for monkeys? Yes there is what they called “The annual Monkey Buffet” in Thailand. I think there’s no other country that celebrates this kind of weird festival.
3. Have you heard of the “Bridge Over the River Kwai”? It is found in Thailand and it’s amazing and sad to note that there were about 80,000 people died during the whole time the railway was made. That was too much to be sacrificed just to finish the project.
4. Thailand is made up of approximately 1,430 islands. Many of the islands have become famous for being featured in Hollywood films.
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Speaking of films here are some of the famous movies filmed in Thailand, 3 of them I was able to watch:
- The Big Boss (1941)
- Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
- The Ugly American (1963)
- The Deer Hunter (1978)
- The Killing Fields (1984)
- Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
- Good Morning Vietnam (1987)
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
- The Beach (2000)
- Alexander (2004)
- Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason (2004)
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (2005)
- Stealth (2005)
- and The Hangover Part II (2011)
5. I’ve been drinking Red Bull before and just knew that this world-famous energy drink, has its roots in Thailand.
6. Thailand set the world record of the longest line of washed plates (10,488 washed plates) in May 2010
7. The longest place name in the world is the full name of Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.
We also have to take note that in Thailand the Head is the most important part of the body (anyone who wish or plan to visit Thailand should bear in mind that touching their head even that of the kids is prohibited) while the feet is considered lowly. It is prohibited for a person to sit with his feet pointing to a statue in a temple or at some other person.
The following are some of the places I want to visit if given the chance to be in Thailand:
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1. Railay Beach
Thailand’s most famous beach destinations can be found in Krabi province. And Raily is the cream of the crop, the most stunning beaches in Thailand. When you’re there you will have the feeling of being in a paradise with its white sand beaches and clear blue water. Other exciting activities you can find here is the rock climbing and caves exploration.
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Aside from their beautiful beaches it is also a must to visit The Grand Palace which is located in the capital and considered as the number one tourist attraction in the city.
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Thailand is famous with their Elephants and the chance to see these creatures in their natural environment, get involved with their daily activities including eating and bathing, etc is available in the third largest National Park in Thailand the Khao Yai National Park.
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I really love the scenery of this place. It’s a perfect place to take pictures, in fact this is the favorite stop of those photography enthusiasts.
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I also love to take pictures of myself and perhaps my family with these in the background, the ruins of the former capital which was destroyed by the Burmese Army in 1767.
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I’m not sure if we have floating markets in the Philippines but I think this is just present in Thailand and some other Southeast Asian countries like China and Vietnam. Visiting and experiencing this could be fun aside from being able to support the local vendors.
By: TRB - A father of 5, an Overseas Filipino Worker and willing to be part of the worldwide campaign against poverty, climate change, and inequality.