7 Facts about Bangkok

  • Posted onJune 27th, 2013

BangkokThink you know everything about Bangkok? Well maybe you do. But here are 7 facts about the city we find interesting and we’d like to share them with you.

7. Bangkok has the world’s longest name.

OK, Bangkok doesn’t sound that long, in fact it’s just 7 letters, count them. However, that’s just the name us foreigners get to use to save us time when asking for directions and filling out immigration forms, the real name for Bangkok is ‘Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit’.. And breath…

Bangkok heat6. It’s not just the girls that are hot

Bangkok was once named the world’s hottest city  by the World Meteorological Organization. OK, it may not be the hottest city in the world every day of the year, but the fact is it stays consistently hot all year around. With that in mind don’t forget to wear lots of sun screen and drink plenty of water.. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

5. Looking for a temple?

Thailand has over 40,700 temples, and a decent number of those can be found in Bangkok. It can sometimes seem as if every street in the city has a temple, which is great when exploring and walking around, especially in the Old Town.

You probably don’t have time to see them all, so here’s our guide to the best of the bunch Temples of Bangkok

Bangkok  taxis4. Colourful traffic

What colour are Bangkok taxis? Just about every colour is the right answer. While most metropolises have an official colour of taxi, Bangkok taxis are several colours of the rainbow, with the colour depending on which taxi firm the cabbie works for. The multi-coloured taxis are just about the pleasant thing about Bangkok’s horrific traffic.

3. Commando, no

Bangkok might be famous for its raunchy gogo bars and flirty girls but it’s actually a fairly conservative city in many ways. If you get caught without any underwear on you can find yourself heading for the police cells. The same goes for walking out on the streets topless (that goes for men and women, and ladyboys).

Bangkok2. Long live the King

One thing you need to know about Thailand is their deep love and admiration of the King. Their love and faith is very admirable, and you can expect to see pictures, memorials, and even shrines of the King in almost every home, business, and building.

With that said foreigners should always respect the King and images of the monarchy (as well as Buddhist images),  keeping any negative feelings and opinions about these matters to yourself, or you may wind up in a spot of trouble.

1. The Land of Smiles

Bangkok’s nickname is the Land of Smile, due to the positive attitudes and peace-loving approach of the Thai people. OK, yes, there is still plenty of crime, rude people, and those who simply wake up on the wrong side of the bed, but in general it is a very peaceful and pleasant place to be.

 

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