8 Fun Facts About Bangkok!
1. The real name of Bangkok is actually the longest place name in the world!
The full name of Bangkok is actually Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Thai people generally shorten it to Krung Thep. The name of Bangkok is used mostly by foreigners and its etymology is unclear.
2. Bangkok's busiest tourist area is Khao San Road
Khao San Road is located in the district of Rattanakosin about a block from the Chao Phraya River. This backpackers' haven is known for cheap accommodations, a plethora of shops, and a chill bar scene great for people watching. Khao San Road also has some of the most diverse and budget friendly food options in Bangkok.
3. Bangkok is home to the world's largest airport control tower!
It is located at Suvarnabhumi Airport and is 132.2 meters tall.
4. Bangkok Was Once The "Venice of the East"
There was once an abundant system of canals in the Bangkok area and many of the original buildings stood on stilts. As Bangkok grew larger, however, most of the canals were filled and paved.
5. Bangkok Has An Elephant Building!
This Bangkok building (shown below) is made up of three towers intended to look like an elephant which is Thailand's national animal. This unique landmark is located in the Chatuchak district.
6. Tourists Flock To Floating Markets!
The Bangkok area is home to several very popular floating markets including Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Taling Chan Market, Bang Ku Wiang Market, and Amphawa Floating Market. Visitors can find boats selling fresh tropical produce, coconut juice, and delicious local food cooked right on the small boats! The picture below is of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
7. Bangkok Was Home To The Legendary American Art Collector Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson dedicated much of his life to revitalizing Thai silk and introducing it to some of the world's most renowned fashion empires. According to Time magazine "he almost singlehanded(ly) saved Thailand's vital silk industry from extinction." The American businessman mysteriously disappeared into Malaysian jungle in 1967. Sources say that he went for a walk one day, never to return, and his disappearance still remains a great mystery. His elegant and artistic former house in Bangkok remains one of the city's popular tourist attractions.
8. Bangkok Hosts The World's Largest Street Water Fight!
This takes place every April during the Songkran Festival which celebrates the Thai new year and the beginning of summer. Thousands flock to the area, with lots of water guns in tow, to enjoy the chaos and non stop partying.
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