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1. Although the word “Thai” has been said to mean “independence”, research has suggested that this is incorrect. After further investigation it would appear that word “Thai” means “people”, and it still used in that context in various rural areas. 

2. Thailand is home to the worlds smallest mammal called Kitti's hog-nosed bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai). Thailand is also home to the worlds largest fish known as the whale shark. The Rhincodon typus is approximately 12 metres long. Additionally, you can find the King Kobra (the world’s longest venomous snake) in most parts of Thailand. 

3. Approximately 75% of the people in Thailand are Thai, 14% are Thai Chinese and the remaining 11% are of various other nationalities. 

4. The full name of Bangkok holds the world record for the longest place name : Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. 

It 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.

5. Siamese cats also called “Wichianmat” (meaning "moon diamond") originated in Thailand. They were considered sacred and guardians of the temple. Siamese cats are said to bring good luck to their owner. 

6. The north of Thailand is home to the “Golden triangle” - a region famous for the production of opium/heroin. The area covers approximately 367,000 square miles and is a convergence of three countries : Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. 

7. There have been many movies that have been filmed in Thailand. Some of these include Rambo, American Gangster, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, The Beach, Good Morning Vietnam etc. 

8. “Farang” is a word used to describe foreigners in Thailand. The word is said to come from the word “Frank”, which was a west Germanic tribe who became a major political power in Western Europe during the middle ages. The word “Frank” is also where the word “France” comes from, and, interestingly, the word “France” in Thai is prounounced “Farang”. 

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