Saturday, 30 May 2015

Unusual Thai World Record Holders

A few world records from Thailand

Thailand holds many official world records, and here are just a few of the most unusual...

1) Most expensive painting by a group of elephants

Artistic world record holding Thai elephants.
I wasn't even aware that there was a world record for the most expensive painting by elephants, but apparently there is and it was set by a group of Thai elephants on 19th February 2005!

Their painting was entitled 'Cold Wind, Swirling Mist' and sold for the price of 1.5 million baht!  At today's exchange rate that equates to a price of around £30,000 or $46,000!  They're clearly some very talented elephants!
Guinness World records: Most expensive painting by elephants

2) Most items taken out of hot oil with bare hands in one minute.

This seems like a bit of an irresponsible world record if you ask me, but the record was set by Kann Trichan of Thailand who successfully removed twelve chicken wings from hot oil with his bare hands on 11th March 2010.  Presumably after achieving his world record breaking accomplishment, the Guinness Book Of Records representative must have said something like, "Congratulations!  You've now got third degree burns and your hands may possibly be scarred for life ... but at least you broke the world record!"
Guinness World Records: Items Taken Out Of Hot Oil

3) Most couples married underwater simultaneously

Underwater love.
This rather bizarre world record was set on Valentine's Day in 2001 near Kradan Island in Southern Thailand, and involved 34 couples exchanging wedding vows 10 metres underwater at the same time!

All of the couples held international diving licences, and they all received waterproof marriage certificates before taking off their mouthpieces and indulging in an underwater kiss.
Guinness World records: Most couples married underwater simultaneously

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If you're visiting Thailand then one of the most popular destinations for backpackers is Haad Rin on the tropical island of Koh Phangan.  Haad Rin Guide Book contains detailed sections on hotels, hostels, bars, restaurants, tours, transport info, and much more, and is available for kindle from Amazon:
Haad Rin Guide Book for kindle

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