24 WTF FACTS ABOUT ASIA YOU WON’T BELIEVE ARE TRUE

There are approximately 10,000 tuk tuks in the city of Bangkok alone.

facts about Asia - tuk tuk driving through city

In Thailand, it is illegal to leave your house without any underwear on.

Ruou ran (snake wine) is a Vietnamese speciality of rice wine with a pickled snake inside which can allegedly cure any sickness.

Melons can sell for up to $400 in Japan.

China’s population is 1.357 billion people.

Tarantula kebabs are a popular delicacy in Cambodia.

Rhinoceros beetle wrestling is a popular sport in Laos. People bet on beetles to predict the last beetle standing.

Roughly 10 million motor bikes travel the roads of Vietnam each day.

Bangkok’s real name is as follows: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit

The world’s smallest mammal, the Kitti hog-nosed bat, is found in Thailand and weighs just 2 grams.

Sushi-making is considered an art form in Japan and it can take up to 20 years of training to master the art.

facts about Asia - sushi on a plate

Fortune cookies are not a traditional Chinese custom. They were invented in the early 1900’s in San Francisco.

China produces around 80 million chopstick sets annually.

“Geisha” means “person of the arts” and the first Geisha were actually men.

facts about Asia - Geisha walking down the street

Angkor Wat in Cambodia was one of the main filming locations for the Lara Croft Tomb Raider movie.

Vietnam is the second largest exporter of rice in the world, exporting around 7.4 million tons annually.

A new skyscraper is built in China every 5 days.

In China, you can buy a tin of canned fresh air for around 5 Yuan.

Sumo fans sit on thin Japanese cushions. When they're disappointed by a ruling or outcome they throw them into the ring.

There are 1,430 Thai Islands.

Siamese cats are native to Thailand.

In Cambodia, it is considered disrespectful to let your feet or soles point at people or things, so the feet must be tucked in when sitting.

In Japan, slurping noodles loudly indicates the food is delicious.

Almost a third of San Francisco’s air pollution comes from China.

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