10 Bangkok HighLights

1. Longest City Name

Bangkok currently holds the Guinness World Record for having the longest name of a place.  “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”.   

This roughly translates to: “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.”

2. World’s Hottest City

Bangkok is the world’s hottest city according to the World Meteorological Organization.  The average air temperature throughout the year is 28 degrees centigrade, but this jumps to a sticky 34 degrees between the months of March and May.

3. Best City in 2008

Bangkok may be hot, but 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.”  Bangkok beat 2007 winners Florence, Italy and Bali, Indonesia.  With its rich culture, fantastic food, excellent shopping, vibrant sceneries, nightlife, and more, Bangkok has no doubt become well-loved all over the globe.

4. Motorbike Police Trained to Deliver Babies!

Too many women were getting stuck in Bangkok traffic on their way to deliver their babies at the hospital, which left many delivering their babies in taxi cabs!  Now police have been trained to deliver these babies.  Check out more here:

5. World’s Biggest China Town

Bangkok’s Chinatown is commonly referred to as the largest in the world. Known locally a Yaowarat, Chinatown in Bangkok is home to over a million ethnic Chinese usually of second or third generation. In the daytime, shops and stalls sell products at some of the cheapest prices in the city and at night the area is transformed into a street food heaven.

6. Colorful Cabs

Taxi cabs in Bangkok vary in color depending on which company a cab belongs to, unlike in other big cities where taxi cabs all come in one color. So expect to see lots of fun colors in the streets – bright green, sky blue, vivid orange, and pink cabs.

7. 2013 Most Visited City

The Thai capital topped 2013’s Global Destination Cities Index, the first Asian city to do so. It had 15.98 million international visitors who spent at least one night.  Currently Bangkok is in 2nd place, with London coming in first.  

8.  Airport with a Golf Course!

Don Mueang International Airport (in Bangkok) has a golf course located between the two main runways.  The Kantarat Course, a full 18 hole golf course, is the first course in the world to be built between runways of an international airport.

9. Interesting 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 motorized 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

10. All Temples on Thai Coins can be Found in Bangkok

All the temples stamped on the back of Thai coins are in Bangkok and apparently 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)

 


flickr photo shared by DeeMakMak under a Creative Commons ( BY-ND )

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