10 Interesting facts about Bangkok
1. Krung Thep
The traditional name of Bangkok is listed by Guinness World Book of Records as the longest name for a place:
Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasi
It is known by locals as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep.
2. Two international airports
Bangkok has two international airports: Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang. You will most likely use the larger and newer Suvarnabhumi airport, which is placed about 25 kilometers (16 mi) east of downtown Bangkok.
3. Millions of people
The city has a population of over 8 million people. Over 14 million people live within surrounding Metropolitan Region. That is about 22% of the country’s population, which counts about 67 million people.
4. The river
The river Chao Phraya flows through Bangkok and plays a vital role in the city growth. Defense, trade, transport, and agriculture are just some of the reasons why Bangkok was located beside it.
5. The old capital, Ayutthaya
Bangkok has not always been the Kingdom’s capital. From 1350 to 1767 the capital of Thailand used to be Ayutthaya. If you have spare time I highly recommend you to visit this city. Ayutthaya is an incredibly beautiful city with its own history and amazing sightseeings. To get here you can by train and it will take you around 2 hours.
6. Visit “wats”
The country’s main religion is Buddhism. It is practiced by 95% of the population and when you are in Bangkok, or any other city or town, you will notice the Buddhist temples known as wats. All of the wats pictured on Thai baht coins are located in Bangkok. So don’t miss an opportunity to visit some wats.
7. Can you take the heat
Bangkok is one of the hottest cities in the world. Throughout the year the average air temperature 28 degrees centigrade (but 34 degrees between March and May).
8. Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Weekend Market is, by far, the largest market in Thailand, and one of the largest weekend markets in the world. It is not uncommon that half a million people visit the market during a weekend.
9. Bangkok Railway Station
The main railway station in Bangkok is Hua Lamphong. In 2016 the railway station celebrates its 100 years anniversary. The Thai railway station is very well functioning, and the food on board is excellent.
10. Worlds largest Buddha
Bangkok holds a record for the largest gold Buddha in the World. It is a 3-meter-tall and 5.5-ton statue kept at Wat Traimit in Chinatown. The statue is estimated to be worth about 250 million dollars. How about that?