Monday, November 10, 2008

Thailand Facts

Thailand Facts 

"It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated."
Alec Bourne

• There are approximately 27,000 shrimp farms in Thailand. 
(Bangkok Post, October 6 2008)

• 3.9 million Europeans and 921,000 Americans visited Thailand in 2007.
(Tourism Authority of Thailand)

• There have been 2,094 reported cases of leptospirosis in Thailand for 2008 resulting in 42 deaths. 
(Disease Control Office)

• Thaksin Shinawatra is the only prime minister of Thailand to finish a full term.

• Chulalongkorn University, Thailand’s oldest university is ranked the 166th in the 2008 World University Rankings and is the only Thai university to rank under 200. 
(THES and QS World University Rankings)

• Thailand is the world’s 11th largest garment exporter. 
(Thai Garment Manufacturers Association)

• In 2007 11 million of the 51 million people in Thailand aged over 15 years old were smokers. Of these, 10 million were men and the rest were women. The average age of those who had started smoking was 18 years old. People aged between 25 and 59 years old had the highest smoke rate at 11 cigarettes per day. 
(National Statistics Office).

• Thai Airways has to take up to 210,000 litres of fuel on it’s 13,000 kilometre, 17-hour non-stop flight from Bangkok to Los Angeles.  (Bangkok Post, October 29 2008)

• Wikipedia Thai has 52,000 members and around 39,000 articles with 1.4 million users per month. 
(Wikipedia Thai)

• There are around 13 million people working in the farm sector in Thailand of which typically 2 million migrant to Bangkok between January and April to supplement their incomes during the non-harvest season. 
(Bangkok Post, November 3 2008)

Approximately 800,000 new graduates enter the Thai workforce each year. (Bangkok Post, November 3 2008)

• Thailand has the world's tallest Buddhist monument at 127 meters (387 feet) and is located in the town of Nakhon Pathom.  (

• The first westerner known to visit Thailand was Marco Polomin 1288.

• Two out of the reported 5,567 deaths in the world from box jellyfish venom were in Thailand. 
(Bangkok Post, November 5 2008)

• Thailand is the world's fourth-largest exporter of poultry.

The Thai "royal language" (rajasap) derives from Khmer.

• 125 factories in Thailand laid off a total off 14,761 workers from January 1 to October 31 2008. 
(Labour Protection and Welfare Department)

• Slavery was abolished in Thailand in 1905 by King Chulalongkorn.

• Primary school attendance in Thailand is 98% with 88% of primary pupils making it to lower secondary school and 69% to higher secondary school.  (Bangkok Post, November 6 2008)

• There are over 5,000 varieties of rice in Thailand. (New World Encyclopedia)

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