What does the Thai flag look like?
I’ve had a couple of people asking me lately what the Thai flag looks like. I even had one who had spent over two weeks in Bangkok, and still asked me “What’s that flag that’s flying all over the place?”.
Guess it never dawned on him it was the country’s national flag?
Anyway, here is the Thai flag in all its glory. I took the photo a couple of weeks ago at Bangkok’s Mo Chit BTS sky train station looking north. I think it’s pretty.
And here’s a cool little anecdote.
Apparently the Thai flag used to have a white elephant on it. But, one day, King Rama VI saw a Thai flag flying upside down and it upset him (you can’t blame him!) so he created a new flag that was symmetrical.
That now means, no matter which way up you fly the Thai flag it looks exactly the same. Smart, eh?
While we’re on the subject of nationalism in Thailand, you might also want to know how to behave when the Thai national anthem is played.