Thailand: the land of a thousand smiles
This place is amazing. I love living here. There’s so much to see, smell, hear and do.
Not to mention eat. And do I like to eat!
Like any good writer, you deliver a good exposition and begin to set up the conflict. Mine? Gluten. We don’t like each other and that bitch is in everything!
Moving from the UK, I thought I would be fine. I knew that I would have to avoid breaded, deep fried items. But the hidden wheat in soy sauce? Come on universe! That’s not fair!
I’m the only Celiac I know living in Thailand. I have only met one other Celiac here in the past year. Even the doctors look at me and shake their heads. But clearly there are some other gluten free people out there, otherwise, who’s buying all that Orgran pasta and Bob’s Red Mill’s GF Baking Mix?
Anyway, here are 5 random facts about Thailand from
1. The year is actually 2553 in Thailand. As well as the Gregorian calendar, Thailand runs by the Thai Solar Calendar, which is 543 years ahead of the West. Dates are often written B.E. in English. (Buddhist Era)
2. The Karen Hill Tribe in Northern Thailand are also known as the ‘Long Neck People.’ Girls from a young age wear heavy brass necklaces to elongate their necks. There are many theories as to why women wear the rings, ranging from them being a symbol of beauty, status or perhaps to give the women resemblance to a dragon, an important creature in Kayan folklore.
3. The elephant is one of the national symbols of Thailand. Particularly the white elephant is highly revered and associated with royalty. Closely connected with Thai people throughout history as an essential means if transport, the elephant is seen as instrumental in the building of the kingdom of Thailand itself.
4. South Thailand’s awesome Khao Sok National Park claims to be the amongst the oldest forest eco-system in the world. It is a protected wildlife reserve and home to many exotic creatures, such as tigers, clouded leopards, bears, tapirs, gibbons, langurs and pangolin.
5. Bangkok can be translated to the ‘City of Angels,’ and in the Thai language it has the longest name for a city in the world, consisting of 32 separate Thai words. (Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit)