Thailand has just won the soccer competition in AFF Suzuki Cup 2016. Thailand soccer players were coordinate amazingly in order to achieve the goals in this competition. This country has been known not only by its soccer team play but also as a tourist destination. However, there are many facts that we don't know yet about Thailand, these facts may surprise you. So here it is, 6 facts you might don't know about Thailand :

  1. The original name of Bangkok
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Thai words (Bangkok Walking Tourism)

Bangkok, is what people usually know and called this city, but originally, Bangkok has different name in Thai language, it is Krung Thep that has mean as City of Angels. But, Krung Thep is not the complete name of Bangkok. The complete name of Bangkok probably hard to pronounce because it is very long. The complete name of Bangkok is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Can you pronounce it?

  1. Royal Family of Thailand is Very Respected

As the King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away, people of Thailand are mourning because of his death. King Rama IX is loved by Thai people because of his leadership running the Thailand kingdom since he was 17 years old. However, not only King Rama IX but all of royal family are respected by Thai people.

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Thai citizen shows the three finger symbol (© The Conversation)

There is a rule that Thai people or whoever people in Thailand cannot talk bad about the royal family. There was a case in Thailand, 2 students from Thamassat University were jailed because they were indicated insulting the royal family by theater performance. There is a rule in Thailand as well that stating we cannot raise our hand with three fingers just like in the Hunger Games movie because its represent a rebellion against the royal family and yes, some people have been arrested because of it.

  1. Thai Students Will Study Very Hard To Prepare Exam
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University student in Thailand (Mahasarakham University)

During the exam, student in Thailand, especially university student will study very hard before the exam day. They will generally stop having fun for a while for study. In fact, some of Thai students will be at library till 2 am in the morning only to prepare for the exam.

  1. Thai People Can Change Their Name Once In the Lifetime
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Thai greeting (whattodobangkok.com)

In Thailand, the name which given by our parent can be changed only one time in the lifetime. Thai people usually change their name in order to improve their fortune. Thus, changing name in Thailand is a common thing that happens in Thailand. But for gender, even though we know that many men in Thailand change their sexuality, it is administratively impossible to change it so that the gender remains the same. Although you can change your name with the name you like, you have to pay amount of money to the government.

  1. There Is Different Dialect of Thai Language
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Thai traditional dance (Insight Guides)

As foreigner, we might know that Thai language is just Thai language. Apparently, Thai language itself has different dialect depend on where do they live in. in Bangkok for example, the word “you” will be “Khun” But if we move to other provinces such as in Northeast province such as Khon Khaen or Sarakham you will heard some of Esan dialect, the word “Khun” Would be sound “meng” which is ruder if we compare to Thai language that we commonly heard. Thai language is considered has 4 dialects, that is Esan, North, South and normal dialect.

  1. Princess of Thailand Handing the Degree Certificates in Certain Universities
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The queen of Thailand handing the certificate(© Mahasarakham University)

There is a unique thing in Thailand when it comes to graduation ceremony. Usually, in many parts of countries it is really hard to meet important people such as President, but in Thailand, when it comes graduation ceremony, The princess of Thailand, Chakri Sirindhorn will come to some certain universities in order to handing certificate herself. Due to the high number of graduates, Princess Sirindhorn sometimes falls asleep because of tired during this ceremony.

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