July 4, 2017

Travel Tuesday with Trafalgar quiz: Answer

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you? 


Big, small, long, and to be honest, often bizarre. Welcome to Thailand, where a smile can go a long way, where you do not touch people’s heads (at all) and where there is an annual festival to say thanks to and honour monkeys.

Made up of approximately 1 430 islands, many of which have become famous for being featured in Hollywood films, Thailand is probably best known for its stunning beach resorts dotted around the 3 219km long coastline, and of course its capital Bangkok famous for shopping. However, there is more here than meets the eye.

Thailand is home to many, many animals. It is said that roughly a tenth of all the animal species on the planet call Thailand home. The same goes for bird species. To put it into perspective, it was once said that Thailand has more birds than Europe and America combined.

As a matter of fact, animals are big news in Thailand. Not only is the country home to the smallest mammal on earth, the bumblebee bat, you can also find the largest fish, the whale shark, in Thai waters as well as the world’s largest snake, the reticulated python. Thailand is also synonymous with elephants. There are believed to be more than 5 000 elephants found in the Kingdom, although half of them are said to be domesticated. Thailand used to be known as Siam, and it is the country from where Siamese cats originated.

Have you ever witnessed anything as bizarre as a festival for monkeys? The kingdom hosts an annual Monkey Buffet in front of the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi province as a way to thank the monkeys for bringing thousands of tourists. And what’s served on the buffet?  Well, no less than two tons of meat, fruit, ice cream, and other treats.

While you may know Bangkok as your destination of arrival and departure, and of course for its shopping opportunities, the capital city’s original name may leave you out of breath and will leave Twitter confused. Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit means: “City of Angels, Great City of Immortals, Magnificent City of the Nine Gems, Seat of the King, City of Royal Palaces, Home of Gods Incarnate, Erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s Behest.

Thailand is a land of temples, boasting around 35 000 in total. Just keep in mind that when you visit these holy places, you are required to wear modest clothing – no shorts or sleeveless shirts. While on the topic of clothes, just keep in mind that it is illegal to leave your house in Thailand without any underwear and it is also against the law to drive shirtless or to step on or walk over money. Just so you know.

Some other points that make Thailand unique is that it is home to the world’s ninth tallest statue, The Great Buddha of Thailand. It also has the world's highest stupa – Phra Pathom Chedi (127 metres), while the country's tallest building, the Baiyoke Tower II in Bangkok, is the world's 80th tallest at 304 metres.

Keen to discover this amazing country? See it from the inside with Trafalgar… Click here to see the Trafalgar Thailand Holiday. 


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