Thailand Fun Facts for Kids

UPDATED: 06 Jun 2015 423 Views
Learn some interesting information about Thailand while enjoying a range of fun facts and trivia that’s perfect for kids!
  • The official name is the Kingdom of Thailand and it was formerly known as Siam.
  • Thailand has a land border with 4 countries including Myanmar (formerly Burma), Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia.
  • Thailand has a population of 67 million people (67,448,120) as of July 2013.
  • Bangkok is the largest city and the capital of Thailand.
  • Bangkok’s full ceremonial name is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit which is the longest place name (that has spaces) in the world.
  • Doi Inthanon in the northern mountain range of Thanon Thong Chai is the highest point in Thailand at 2565 m (8415 ft) above sea level.
  • Thailand has over 1430 islands.
  • Buddhism is the primary religion in Thailand, it is practised by about 95% of the population. Throughout Thailand are many Buddhist temples and grand golden Buddhist statues.
  • Siamese cats originated in Thailand where they are called Wichian Mat.
  • There are 15 reserved wild animal species in this country including two types of Rhinoceros. It is prohibited by law to breed, hunt, possess or trade these species.
  • National symbol is the elephant. A century ago there were 100,000 elephants in the country, now there are just an estimated 2,000 left in the wild.
  • Thailand’s climate is tropical with a rainy monsoon season from November through to March with the southern area of the country being especially hot and humid.
  • The currency is called the Baht.
  • Thai food is well renown, dishes that include spicy curries with rice or noodles are found on many other country’s menus throughout the world.
  • Muay Thai (Thai boxing) is a form of kickboxing and is Thailand’s national sport.
  • Thailand is often called the “Golf Capital of Asia”, with beautifully kept courses at a reasonable price the country attracts a larger number of golfers from around the world.