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10 Unknown Information About Thailand

1. Rainmaker King

Some in years past the rice farmers of Thailand experienced a serious drought period. The king, who since many years have been involved with improving the rural population of Thailand invented a method to help make rain, where he also filed an international patent. Airplanes are widely-used to shoot silver iodide chemicals to the clouds in specific ways, in order that they are stimulated to rain. This procedure did proof successful.

2. Mysterious Fireballs

At the certain season, a strange phenomenon occurs that hasn't been scientifically explained yet. Well, there have been scientific theories, however, scientists in remain baffled by this phenomenon and not able to explain it properly. It's within the north-eastern element of Thailand, along with the locals there get their own explanation for that mysterious fireballs that emerge from the Mekong river: they are saying these are fireballs coming from the legendary Naga serpent.

1 time a TV team made an effort to uncover "the hoax" and declared that the phenomenon was simply Cambodian soldiers shooting to the air. However, they quickly got proven wrong. There are actually records in this phenomenon occurring for hundreds of years, and It's sort of Thailand's version of your "Loch Ness"


3. Thai Bonsai

So many people are aware with the Japanese bonsai trees. But Thailand also has it's own tradition of miniature trees, which happens to be called mai dat. Historic evidence implies that this tradition has existed already because the 13th century. Mai dat have their own own style - you will discover much less tiny as being the Japanese bonsai, but alternatively often bigger. Also, while with Japanese bonsai the objective is commonly to create the tiny tree take a look at natural as possible, mai dat are meant to look particularly well-trimmed. It is the goal of the mai dat artist to develop a tree that is made depending on human shapes. thajsko is actually a country which used to be covered almost completely in forest and swampland - it was a tropical wilderness. Only in recent decades get the forests been cleared and turned into farms and cities. Thus, imitating nature will not be what Thais consider beautiful.

4. Demigod-King

It really is a traditional Thai believe that the King is usually a human reincarnation with the Hindu god Vishnu. All kings with the present dynasty, since 18th century, have been called "Rama" - the existing King being Rama XI. Rama was the name of your halfgod in the Indian epic Ramayana, that has it's own Thai version, the Ramakien.

5. Can't Touch This (Monk)

It can be forbidden for woman to touch a Buddhist monk. Some women feel offended from this or imagine that for the reason that woman are considered unworthy, but this may not be the situation. It's simply about avoiding to stirr up feelings that wouldn't be ideal for monks, feelings like sexual interest.

6. Bangkok Tram

There once was a tram in Bangkok. Nowadays, Bangkok is acknowledged for chronic traffic-jammeritis, and essentially the only way to avoid being stuck in traffic would be the ultra-modern skytrain (BTS) and the even newer subway (MRT). However, once upon a time, there was a tram running through Bangkok. The Tram network in Bangkok was established in 1894 and got closed down in 1968. Actually, even since 1888 there was a man called Alfred John Loftus (Phraya Nithetcholthee) who operated a tramway line in Bangkok - drawn by horses! However, after a few changes of ownership, the horse-drawn wagons where replaced with electric wagons. New routes were opened and built, until in 1968 the final tramway in Bangkok was stoped.

It is possible to still see some of the railways in the region of Thanon Charoenkrung Soi 39.

7. Thai-Tomboys

While everybody knows about the ladyboys in Thailand (and quiet a number of men can tell stories of surprise after they found that the "woman" they had been hitting on all night was really not really a woman at all), not a lot of people know there are also lots of tomboys: woman or girls who dress, act and search like men. Whole books are written on Thai gender roles, and while some ladyboys and tomboys and gay feel that t
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