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15 fun facts about Bangkok

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I love the city of Bangkok and it is my favorite city in Asia. It is a city where you will not be bored for a second because of the abundance of sights and activities. The city is for many travelers the starting point of their trip through Thailand. Bangkok is a bustling city where I have seen beautiful temples, shopped perfectly, had a nice meal and always had a great time! It excites all of your senses and it is a city that you will always love for at least a bit. There are so many fun facts about Bangkok!

I have described 15 fun facts that you did not know about the cool city Bangkok!

15 fun facts about Bangkok

1. Bangkok currently has the record in the Guinness book of records for the longest place name. Bangkok is the short version of the ceremonial name “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”.

2. The temples, depicted on the Thai Baht coins, are all in this city.
1 Baht coin: Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
2 Baht coin: Wat Saket (temple on the mountain)
5 Baht coin: Wat Benjamabophit (the marble temple)
10 Baht coin: Wat Arun (temple of the dawn)

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3. People call Bangkok the “temple city” because of the presence of many Buddhist temples in almost every street. Another nickname is the ‘Venice of the East’ due to the existing canals.

4. Thailand was known as the Kingdom of Siam until the Kingdom on June 23, 1939 got its current name Thailand.

5. Bangkok is the largest and most populous city in Thailand and one in 10 Thai people live in this city.

6. The Chinatown in this city is the largest in the world and over one million ethnic Chinese live there. The largest solid gold Buddha in the world is located in this Chinatown and is in Wat Traimit.

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7. Unlike other major metropolises, where all taxis have a uniform color, taxis in this city differ in color. For example, in Bangkok you can see taxis in the colors green, blue, orange and pink.

8. The world-famous energy drink Red Bull was invented in 1976 by Chaleo Yoovidhya in Bangkok. At the time of his death in 2012 he was the third richest man in Thailand with an estimated worth of 5 billion US dollars.

9. As a result of Bangkok’s development, the city sinks at a rate of 2 to 5 cm per year.

10. According to the world meteorological organization this city is the hottest city in the world with an average annual temperature of 28 degrees Celsius.

11. Thai people love their king and this is especially visible in this city. You can see photos and posters of the royal family on almost every corner. It is forbidden to laugh at an image of the king or to say something bad about him.

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12. At the airport of Don Mueang International Airport there is the highest control tower in the world with a height of 132 meters.

13. In Bangkok you will find three toilets in some places, one of which is for the transgender men, also known as ladyboys. It is a very liberal city in terms of sexuality and tolerance towards gender identity.

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14. Chatuchak Weekend market is the largest weekend market in the world and a paradise for bargain hunters.

15. There are about 200,000 millionaires in Thailand of which 95% live in Bangkok.

These are my 15 fun facts about Bangkok! Do you have more great facts about Bangkok?

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There are so many great hotels in Bangkok, but I’m always staying in the same hotel: Rambuttri Village Plaza. The location is fantastic: close to Khao San Road and it is quiet. The swimmingpool is great and the breakfast has a big choice and is tasty. Price about €22,- for a double room include breakfast.

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