17 Interesting Facts About Bangkok

Bangkok or Krung Thep in Thai is the capital of Thailand. With its scenic temples and vibrant night life Bangkok welcomes around 11 million tourists every year. It offers something for everyone from quiet Buddhist temples to bustling nightclubs you can enjoy a variety of things in Bangkok. Let’s have a look at some very interesting facts about Bangkok of Angles that will help you impress everyone on your trip to Bangkok.

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1. Longest City Name

You must be thinking Bangkok is not the longest city name in any way but look at the traditional Thai name – “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”. Yes that’s the complete Thai name of Bangkok and has been listed as the longest name for a place in Guinness Book of World records.
Source: Wikipedia

2. Largest City

Bangkok skylineBangkok is the largest and most populous city of Thailand with one of every 10 Thais living here.
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3. Strange Laws

thai baht
Thai baht

Leaving the house without underwear in Bangkok can lend you in jail. It is also illegal to drive a vehicle bare-chested. And be careful, do not step on Thai currency as it is also against the law.
Source: bangkok.com

4. Home of Red Bull

red bullThe world famous energy drink Red Bull was created in Bangkok by Chaleo Yoovidhya in 1976. At the time of his death in 2012, Chaleo was the third richest man in Thailand with an estimated wealth of US $5 million.
Source: bangkok.com, image: flickr

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5. City of Millionaires

Thailand is home to around 200,000 millionaires and around 95% of them lives in Bangkok. You will be in company of some very rich people in Bangkok.
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6. Longest Reigning Monarch

Bhumibol Adulyadej
King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thailand’s Monarch Bhumibol Adulyadej became the king in 1946. He is the world’s longest serving head of the state and Thailand’s longest reigning monarch. Bhumibol has a degree in engineering and owns a patent on a form of cloud seeding. He also composed Thailand’s national anthem.
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7. Temples on Coins

coinNow for an interesting fact, all Thai baht coins have temples stamped on their back and all of these temples are in Bangkok and you can visit them all in one day. Make a fun game out of it when in Bangkok by trying to find all the locations pictured on coins.
Source: bangkok.com

8. Largest Chinatown

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chinatownYaowarat the local Chinatown in Bangkok is the world’s largest Chinatown and is home to over a million Chinese people. Yaowarat is also one of the most vibrant places in Bangkok to shop and eat.
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9. Largest Gold Buddha

buddha goldHoused inside Wat Traimit in Chinatown is the largest gold Buddha statue in the world. The statue is 9.8 ft tall and weighs around 5.5 tons with an estimated value of 250 million dollars.
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10. Venice of the East

Bangkok sunsetBangkok is build over a dozens of canals and its buildings stood on stilts just like Venice. Although most canals have now been filled and paved Bangkok is still popular with tourists as Venice of the East.
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11. Sinking City

Bhumibol bridge
Bhumibol bridge

Just like Venice Bangkok is sinking at a rate of 2 to 2.5 cm per year due to heavy development and rising sea levels. According to a report by Thai Government, parts of Bangkok could be underwater in the next 15 years. So if you are planning to visit Bangkok, better do it sooner.
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12. Hottest City

While summer temperatures are not extreme in Bangkok, it is the world’s hottest city because of average high temperatures year-round. With the average temperature of 88 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year Bangkok is sure to make you sweat even in December.
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13. Pollution Woes

Makkasan Interchange at night
Makkasan Interchange at night

Thailand loses $2.3 billion annually in wasted energy, lost production and health costs due to high levels of air pollution in Bangkok. Due to unsafe levels of air pollution traffic police in Bangkok wear face masks to protect themselves. More than 15% of Bangkok’s police suffer from some type of lung disease.
Source: Wikipedia, image: wikimedia.org

14. Street Water Fight

Songkran penangEvery year during Thai New Year holiday, Bangkok hosts the world’s largest street water fight known as Songkran festival.
Source: bangkok.travel, image: wikimedia.org

15. Special Washrooms

bisexualAlong with Male and Female washrooms you will find a third option for transgender washrooms in Bangkok.
Source: bangkok.com

16. Chatuchak Weekend Market – World’s Largest Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market Soi
Chatuchak Weekend Market

Spread over 27 acres of land and divided into 27 sections, Chatuchak weekend market is one of the world’s largest weekend market and a heaven for foodies and bargain hunters. A trip to Bangkok is incomplete without visiting Chatuchak.
Source: chatuchak.org, image: wikimedia.org

17. Love for King

King BhumibolThais love their king and it is particularly noticeable in Bangkok. You will find pictures and posters of the royal family in almost every corner of Bangkok. It is illegal to laugh at a picture of king or to say something bad about him so be careful. In theaters, king’s anthem is played before the start of movie, play or any cultural program and everyone must stand to pay respect. Not doing so can also lend you in jail.
Source: bangkok.com, image: flickr

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