Sunday, December 23, 2007

Thailand Facts #2

“To know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge”.
The Analects

• King Mongkut (Rama IV) and his son Chularlongkorn were both infected with malaria during an expedition to Malaysia in 1868 to witness a solar eclipse. King Mongkut died from the disease the same year and his son, who recovered, inherited the throne (Rama V).

• Fourth-quarter economic growth is projected to reach 5.5%, according to Finance Minister Chalongphob Sussangkarn.
(Bangkok Post, December 22 2007)

• Thailand and Burma share a 1,800km border.

• An average of 2,650 children drown each year in Thailand.
(Thai National Injury Survey 2007)

• The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TOT) is targeting to attract 15 million international tourists for 2007.

• Until 1939 Thailand was called Siam.

• The average yearly rainfall in Bangkok is 140cm (56in).

• Bangkok’s full name is Krungthepmahanakhon Amornrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharat Ratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.

• The official retirement age for the civil service in Thailand is 60.

• 72% of Thailand's fuel for electricity production comes from gas.
(Bangkok Post, June 26 2006).