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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.
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.
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.
3.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.
4. 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.
5.Temples on Coins
Now 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.
Yaowarat 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.
8. Largest Gold Buddha
Housed 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.
9.Venice of the East
Bangkok 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.
10. Sinking City
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.
11. 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.
12.Street Water Fight
Every year during Thai New Year holiday, Bangkok hosts the world’s largest street water fight known as Songkran festival.
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