Bangkok is just one of the 4 great Asian destinations where you can enjoy a 2-night stopover on your inbound or return flight as an optional extra with Distant Journeys, and during your stay you will be sure to encounter many surprises and unforgettable experiences. Below are 10 fascinating and perhaps even unexpected facts about the city of Bangkok:
While in English we know the city as Bangkok, in Thai the city is better known as Krung Threp. This is in fact a very short abbreviation for what is in fact the world’s longest city name: Krung Threp Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.
Its Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the largest markets in the world, and covers an area of 27 acres – you’ll certainly need more than a day to work through this market!
Bangkok is also the host of the world’s largest street water fight – held during Thai New Year, this event is known in Thailand as the Songkran Festival.
When you look at the back of a Thai baht coin, you’ll find that is pictured with one of four temples. All of these temples can be found in Bangkok: the Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha, found on the 1 baht coin), Wat Saket (Temple on the Mount, found on the 2 baht coin), Wat Benjamabophit (the Marble Temple, found on the 5 baht coin) and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn, found on the 10 baht coin).
Bangkok is in fact sinking at a rate of 2-5cm a year, due to building development making the land heavier. This may make the city resemble an eastern Venice in the not so distant future.
Bangkok is the world’s hottest city, according to the World Meteorological Organisation, with the average air temperature all year round an incredible 28°C. During the months between March and May, the temperature rises even higher, reaching an average of a scorching 34°C!
The most valuable religious object in the world can be found at the Wat Traimit in Bangkok. Weighing 5.5 tons, the Golden Buddha is the largest solid gold Buddha in the world.
Before the early twentieth century, Bangkok was made up of many canals. While some still remain today, many were filled in to create streets and drainage systems. If you wish to visit and tour some of these canals, Thon Buri is one of the best parts of the city to head to.
One of the city’s most popular landmarks, the Erawan Shrine, was in fact built to appease angered spirits, said to have caused the delays and accidents which took place during the construction of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel.
The world’s leading energy drink, Red Bull, was in fact invented by a Thai man, Chaleo Yoovidhya, who came to Bangkok to seek his fortune. It has been a popular brand in Thailand since 1976, and gained worldwide attention in the 1980s thanks to help from Austrian businessman Dietrich Mateschitz. The Thai version is much different to what we are used to in the UK, however – it is much more syrupy than the Western equivalent, and is not carbonated.
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