Fun Facts About Thailand DID YOU KNOW THAT… Thailand is bigger than the United Kingdom, Iceland, Belgium and Austria combined. DID YOU KNOW THAT… Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand. Bangkok is one of the most beautiful places in Asia, a city where East meets West. DID YOU KNOW THAT… Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit was one of the most beautiful women in the 20th century. DID YOU KNOW THAT… Different from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam,Thailand is not among the Asia´s poorest countries. DID YOU KNOW THAT… Thailand is famous for its hospitality, and the average visitor will have no difficulty in adapting to local customs. DID YOU KNOW THAT… Pornthip “Bui” Nakhirunkanok became the second Thai to win the Miss Universe title after Apasra Hongsakula in 1965. The year was 1988.The place was exotic Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan. DID YOU KNOW THAT… Thailand has hosted the Asian Games four times in the past century: 1966, 1970, 1978 and 1998. DID YOU KNOW THAT… Miss Universe 1992 Pageant was held at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand. Miss Namibia, Michelle McLean, was crowned Miss Universe 1992.The judges were: Khunying Sasima Srivikorn (businesswoman), Luis Enrique (singer), Miriam Makeba (singer and anti- AIDS activist), Ron Duguay (sportsman), Vijay Amritraj (sportsman), Kim Alexis (supermodel), Robin Leach (actor), Estelle Getty (actress)… DID YOU KNOW THAT… UNESCO has declared Historic City of Ayutthaya (1991), Historic Town of Sukhotahi and Associated Historic Towns (1991), Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Santuaries (1991), Ban Chiang Archaeological Site (1992), and Pong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex (1995) World Heritage Sites. Certainly, Thailand is a country of ancient culture, history and beautiful landscapes.It is a world in a country. DID YOU KNOW THAT… In 1984, Pope John Paul visited Thailand. DID YOU KNOW THAT… Between 1970 and 1996, Thailand´s economy was one of the most dynamic in the world. DID YOU KNOW THAT… Thailand has great athletes:Paradorn Srichaphon (tennis), Kamsing Somluck (boxing), Wijan Ponlid (boxing), Manus Boonjumnong (boxing), Udomporn Polsak (weightlifting), and Pawina Thongsuk (weightlifting). DID YOU KNOW THAT… Thai cuisine is famous all over world.There are many Thai restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Rome and London. DID YOU KNOW THAT… Thai boxing is the national sport in Thailand. Alejandro Guevara Onofre: He is a freelance writer.Alejandro is of Italian, African and Peruvian ancestry. He´ve studied political science and journalism.He has published more than seventy-five research paper in English, and more than twenty in Spanish, concerning the world issues, Olympic sports, countries, and tourism. His next essay is called "The Dictator and Alicia Alonso".He is an expert on foreign affairs. Furthermore, Alejandro is the first author who has published a world-book encyclopedia in Latina America. He admires Frida Kahlo (Mexican painter), Hillary Clinton (ex-First Lady of the USA), and Jimmy Carter (former President of the USA). His favorite film is "Gorillas in the Mist".Some of his favorite books are “The Return of Eva Peron and the Killings in Trinidad” (by V.S.Naipaul), "Las Mujeres de los Dictadores" (by Juan Gasparini) and “Murder of a Gentle Land” (by John Barron and Anthony Paul).His personal motto is "The future is for those people who believe in the beauty o f their dreams" by Eleanor Roosevelt.