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9 Fun Facts about Bangkok, Thailand

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Check out these nine curious facts about Bangkok:

1. 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.

2. Longest name

Bangkok currently holds the Guinness record for having the longest name of a place. Apparently “Bangkok” is just the short version because the city’s ceremonial name is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”. Say what?

3. Hot hot hot!

Several years ago, Bangkok was named the hottest city in the world by the World Meteorological Organization. It may not be the hottest city in the world every single day but you can be sure it’s pretty consistent. Touring the Grand Palace (a large complex of palaces and temples) at 10 in the morning is almost unbearable due to the scorching heat. When exploring the city, be sure to keep hydrated and bring an umbrella.

4. Temples much?

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.

5. Candy cabs

If you like colors particular candy hues, you’ll be delighted by the streets of Bangkok because candy-colored cabs are everywhere! Unlike in other big cities where taxi cabs come uniform in color, taxi cabs in Bangkok vary in hue depending on which company a cab belongs to. So expect to see lots of happy colors in the streets – bright green, sky blue, vivid orange, and my favorite – lovely baby pink cabs.

6. Underwear is a must.

We all know underwear is pretty essential, but not as much as in Thailand and Bangkok, where leaving the house with no underwear on can very well land you in jail. Going bare-chested in public is illegal too.

7. Thais love their king.

No doubt. The nation’s adoration for him is particularly apparent in Bangkok where pictures and posters of the royal power can be found in almost every other street. Take note that it’s also illegal to say anything bad about the king or to even laugh at a picture of him. In the cinemas, a short tribute clip to the king is played before a movie starts and everyone is expected to stand up and pay respect.

8. Land of Smiles

Bangkok lives up to Thailand’s nickname as the “Land of Smiles”. As peace-loving people with ready smiles, Thais exude pleasant auras and generally seek harmony over social conflict. A lot of tourists like going back to Bangkok simply because of the charm and warmth of its people. While it has its share of crimes, Bangkok remains to be one of the friendliest cities in the world.

9. World’s Best City

In the thirteenth annual World’s Best Awards Readers’ Survey of globally leading travel magazine Travel + Leisure, Bangkok was named as “World’s Best City 2008”, beating 2007 winners Florence, Italy and Bali, Indonesia. Bangkok has been in the top 5 for the last three years but gained top spot only in 2008, winning over famed cities of the west like New York, Rome, and San Francisco. With its rich culture, fantastic food, excellent shopping, vibrant sceneries, nightlife, and more, Bangkok has no doubt become well-loved all over the globe.

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Photo of Wat Mahathat temple, Bangkok, Thailand, by Telmo32

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Venere Travel Blog writer isey talatala

Isey is a graduate student who supports her education and idiosyncrasies by teaching music, writing educational materials, and involuntarily enslaving herself to Internet marketing. In her spare time, she likes to read, tinker with designing, and wander in search of enlightenment and a scrumptious feast.

18 responses to “9 Fun Facts about Bangkok, Thailand”

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  1. rein says:
    January 11th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    so i’ve never been to bangkok, wanna go there though.

    very nice read :)

  2. darline (teerak) says:
    March 4th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Bangkok is my 2nd hometown… Even though, Bangkok has many crimes, I still love going there because people ARE geniune there who makes you feel like a heart warming family and friend.
    0x0x

    Going back this summer 2010

  3. Mark Benson says:
    October 10th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Bangkok is a treat for the travellers due to its amazing attractions it is home to. Every year many tourists head towards this spectacular city in order to experience the marvels of Thailand.

  4. Rajasthan Holidays says:
    October 18th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    good post

  5. MARPHA LEE JENKINS♥♥♥♪♪♪♪ says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I LYKE DIS ALOT. GOOD WORDS N STUF. PECIALLY THE UBNDERWARE. HAHAHNAHAHASD. I WANNA GO TO BANG. COCK. hahashahahaha

  6. aurora says:
    May 29th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I think you people will like it there so go there

  7. summer says:
    May 29th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    it is a nice lool place there and the snakes look cool

  8. ashli says:
    June 3rd, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    more facts people it not an lol place

  9. Sam Male says:
    September 10th, 2012 at 11:40 am

    people should really leave comments about thailand. i am really needing this infomation. i am doing a project about thailand is people not actully writing proper things on this is not helping. we look at this to do research not to be stupid. i live on 16 knott street dromana

  10. Eileen says:
    December 11th, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Ive been in bangkok 3 times now. And still looking forward to come back..i am actually going to start a beauty course beggining of march. All i can say is iheart bangkok! U can feel the warmT welcome and feels like home for me! :) hopefully i make lots of friends there..am excited!

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    March 12th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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    Proszę o więcej:).

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  13. Gust says:
    April 4th, 2013 at 3:30 am

    NUMBER 1 and 6 is wrong!!!!!
    As 1* NO ONE EATS COCKROACHES IN THAILAND!!!

    And no.6: THAT RULE IS NOT TRUE!!!

    Ps. Im thai and i live in bangkok.

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  16. john r says:
    May 20th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Now you should do a top ten bad things about Bangkok…

  17. Bobal 882 says:
    July 24th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I have been to Thailand twice in the last 6 months. It,s very cheap to visit Thailand. Their are both very rude and nice people here.there are so many indians staying there so w feel safe.In june 2013 we were 6 families visit phuket pattaya and Bkok in our 11 day tour and barely had bad experience except little one .Do visit thailand but be cautious.

  18. John says:
    August 21st, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    this place is hell


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