You must visit Bangkok. You would either love it or hate, but one thing is certain – the capital of Thailand has such a strong identity that won’t let you feel indifferent. There are cities in this world that no life is complete without visiting, and while Asia has a lot of them, Bangkok is arguably the number one. The colorful chaos that surrounds you everywhere you go is complemented by the best food in Asia (no street food can beat the Pad Thai), plenty of Buddhist culture and some of the kindest people on earth. No matter what type of person you are, there is something waiting for you in Bangkok. Did I convince you already? No? Ok, here are ten Bangkok facts that may change that:
1. A Bangkok fact for the tourist – It’s the most visited city on Earth!
For a few years now, Bangkok is the most visited city on Earth! More than 20 million people spend their vacation in the capital of Thailand leaving traditional hotspots like London, Paris and New York eating its dust.
2. A Bangkok fact for the spelling bee – It’s the city with the longest name
No, I’m not drunk. You may think the longest name belongs to the Irish town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (it’s a real town!), but Bangkok exact name is actually Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Try saying that out loud!
3. A Bangkok fact for the American – Bangkok is the Asian LA
You already know its full name (look up number 2, I’m not writing that again!) so here it’s translated -The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (unlike Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.
4. A Bangkok fact for the Italian – it used to be the Venice of the east
Up until the end of the 19th century, there were barely any roads in the city, all the houses were situated next to the water, and the water canals were the primary way of transportation. Unlike Venice, Bangkok is not sinking though.
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5. My favorite of all Bangkok facts
You can eat a scorpion on a stick while having a foot massage on the street. I would recommend eating Pad Thai since the scorpions were a little bit too salty for my taste, but if you’re in a mood for something exotic there are also other insects (and spiders) you can try. And of course, why not do it while getting your feet massaged right on the street. The best place to do those things is Khao San road.
6. A Bangkok fact for the athlete – the City of Massages
Bangkok is the best place on earth to get a Thai massage. While brothels offering massages were the first thing the capital of Thailand got famous for, today you can find legit Thai massages every 10 meters. Be careful if it’s your first time though. The Thai massage is everything but a relaxing activity. It’s an intense physical message that may leave you feeling like you’ve just spent 2 hours in the gym. Some people love it, I really don’t, but there is no way to know before you try one yourself.
7. A Bangkok fact for the party animal – there are buckets of alcohol in Bangkok
Literally, buckets filled with various types of spirts. Not the best quality (I’m pretty sure half of the bucket is just water) but still, who doesn’t want to drink out of a bucket…who does actually?
8. A Bangkok fact if for the adventurer – You can get a magical tattoo by a Buddhist monk
Once given only to warriors before battle, nowadays all it took to get one is to wake up early, give the monks some offerings, and endure 30 minutes of pain. The sacred tattoos are called Sak Yant and have various designs and meanings. It’s important to know that you won’t have a say about the design, the monk is supposed to judge your aura and pick one that best suits you (the first ones are always the same though). The temple’s name is Wat Bang Phra and getting there is usually a pain in the a$$. The easiest way to do it is to book a driver and a guide.
9. A Bangkok fact for the golddigger – city of millionaires
There are more than 200,000 millionaires (in USD) in Thailand, and around 95% of them lives in Bangkok. Go get them, girls!
10. A Bangkok fact for the thief – treasure in the temple
The last of my 10 Bangkok facts would make every gold lover drooling. In the temple of Wat Traimit, there is a 5.5 tons statue of Budha made by solid gold. Its body is 40% pure gold, the volume from the chin to the forehead is 80% pure, and the hair and the topknot, weighing 45 kg, are 99% pure gold. Its estimated worth? 250,000,000 USD! And there is barely any security. Would be hard to move though.
My Bangkok facts were not enough to convince you to buy your ticket? Or maybe you’re a visual person who doesn’t like reading too much ( no judging). In that case, here are 25 of my favorite Bangkok photos:
That’s all from me, I hope you enjoyed The beauty of Bangkok!
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