Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire.
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Longest City Name in the World
Take a deep breath and prepare to read the full city name; here goes: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahinthara Yutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udom Ratchaniwet Mahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukamprasit. That’s an interesting Bangkok fact, but what does it mean? Deep breath again: City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s behest.
World’s Hottest City
You probably already knew that Bangkok was a hot place to visit but did you know this interesting Bangkok fact? Yes, Bangkok does hold the title as the world’s hottest city! It’s not that daily high temperatures are really stupidly high, it’s more the fact that the city remains hot all year round. The annual mean air temperature is 28C, and the hottest months are from March to May. The truth is, whatever month of the year you come, it will be hot, but with slightly lower humidity levels the preferred time to visit is between November and February.
The Number of Temples in Bangkok
Bangkok can very well be called “ Temple City” with the presence of Buddhist temples in almost every street and corner. These fascinating temples serve as one of the greatest cultural symbols of Thailand. There are over 400 wats (the Thai word for temple)
Thai Food Is The Bomb
If there’s one thing Bangkok will not disappoint, it’s your taste buds. From five star restaurants to colorful street food stalls, Bangkok offers a unique culinary adventure to all types of travelers. You can’t miss their fragrant jasmine rice – a staple that goes with just about anything but most perfectly with their spicy dishes! For an exotic kick, try fried cockroaches and caterpillars in the night markets or have authentic Pad Thai cooked right before your eyes. Wherever your pleasure lies, dining and drinking is sure to be one of the highlights of your Bangkok trip.
Chatuchak Weekend Market – World’s Largest 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.
Temples on Coins
A fun game you can play when visiting temples in Bangkok is trying to find the locations of all those pictured on Thai baht coins. All the temples stamped on the back of Thai coins are in Bangkok and it’s possible to see them all in one day.
1 baht coin – Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha, inside The Grand Palace)
2 baht coin – Wat Saket (Temple on the Mount)
5 baht coin – Wat Benjamabophit (The Marble Temple)
10 baht coin – Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
The King’s Anthem Is Played Before Movies And Cultural Performances
We have already told you about the twice daily recital of the Thai National Anthem that happens at 08:00 and 18:00 in public places, but we didn’t inform you that before a movie, play or cultural performance the King’s Anthem is played and everyone must stand out of respect. Not to do so is very bad manners but it is also illegal – more information regarding laws to come.
Funny Old Laws
Every country has some rather strange, outdated laws that have failed to keep up with modernity and now just seem weird. Thailand is no different and the list of antiquated ways to stray foul of the law in Bangkok includes:
It is illegal to leave the house without wearing underwear.
It is illegal to drive a motorised vehicle bare-chested
It is illegal to use a durian fruit as a weapon and a fine will be levied determined by how many thorns strike the victim For a more useful (but less amusing) law:
It is illegal to step on any Thai currency – either coins or notes – as they carry an image of the King
Along with Male and Female washrooms you will find a third option for transgender washrooms in Bangkok.
Red Bull Energy Drink Originated In Thailand
The 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.
The Best Place to Celebrate Songkran
You may already know that Songkran is a Thai festival that celebrates the country’s new year, but did you know how it is celebrated and where the best place in Bangkok is to get involved in the festivities? Well the Thai New Year is from 13 to 15 April each year and you should head over to the famous Khao San Road to experience probably the biggest and best water fight of your life!