22 Interesting Travel Facts
Let’s start with Cambodia!
1.) The Cambodian flag is the only national flag that has an image of a building – the Angkor Wat.
2.) Cambodia has been changing its name whenever a new government was installed: It was called the Khmer Republic during its republican years, Democratic Kampuchea under the Khmer Rouge regime, and People’s Republic of Kampuchea under the leftist group called Salvation Front. Today, in its latest government form, it is officially called the Kingdom of Cambodia.
3.) In Cambodia, the head is regarded as the highest part of the body and shouldn’t be touched even in the kindest manner.
4.) In Cambodia, It’s considered disrespectful to let your feet or soles to point at people or things, so the feet must be tucked in when sitting.
5.) Though the famous English film ‘The Killing Fields’ was set in Cambodia, the hotel scenes in this 1984 movie, were shot in the Railway Hotel in Hua Hin, Thailand.
6.) Couples who travel together have reported increased feelings of intimacy.
7.) France covers the most time zones.
8.) Niger has the youngest population of any country.
9.) Did you know that Chicago has the only river that flows backwards? The flow was reversed by engineers about a hundred years ago for sanitary purposes.
10.) Also known as the ‘city of destiny’, Visakhapatnam in India has a Submarine Museum – the only one of its kind in Asia.
11.) With over 450 species of birds, Gambia in Africa has one of the highest concentrations of birds in the world. This place is indeed an attractive destination for bird watchers.
12.) The original name of Bangkok is a real tongue twister – ‘Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit’. Much simpler to call it Bangkok!
13.) Timbuktu, a name that has become synonymous with far and remote places, is actually an isolated city in Mali, Africa. It was awarded the status of World Heritage Site in 1988.
14.) Most Educated People – Canada
With 50% of its population having been educated at the post secondary level, Canada easily has
the most educated populace in the world. It is followed by Israel at 45% and Japan at 44%.
15.) The Land of No Rivers – Saudi Arabia
Sounds a bit strange doesn’t it? For a country as big as Saudi Arabia there has to be at least
some sort of flowing water. Well, there isn’t. Most of their fresh water comes from desalinization
plants or underground reservoirs.
16.) With over three million lakes, 9% of Canadian territory is actually FRESH water and OVER 60%
of all the lakes in the world are found WITHIN ITS BORDERS.
17.) Russia produces the most oxygen in the world.
Siberia is home to approximately 25% of the world’s forests that span an area larger than the
continental United States, making Russia the largest converter of CO2 into breathable
18.) Worlds’s Largest Swimming Pool – Chile
The San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile has the world’s largest swimming pool. It holds 66 million gallons.
19.) Rwanda in Africa is commonly known as the Country of Gorillas.
20.) The girls in Venezuela, South America are amazingly beautiful. No other country in the world has had more Miss Universe and Miss Worlds than Venezuela. The country is proud to be home of the beauty queens!
21.) Chiang Mai in Thailand, is rated among the top 10 cities in Asia that is suitable for perfect and peaceful living. If you wish to seek peace and solitude then Chiang Mai is the place where you should be.
22.) Bhutan is considered to be one of the most isolated and least developed nations – television and internet were introduced here only in 1999!