Did you know Bangkok is referred to as the ‘City of Angels,’ or that it has the longest city name in the world? The popular Thailand location is a great tourist destination for people all over the world, but there are some lesser-known facts about Bangkok that are just as interesting as its more famous notables. Check out these five things you didn’t know about Bangkok, and you can impress your friends with your knowledge about the capital city.
1. Longest City Name In The World
You may be asking why ‘Bangkok’ is the longest city name in the world? Well, the locals call Bangkok something entirely different; Krung Thep, which is actually short for:
Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahinthara Yutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udom Ratchaniwet Mahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukamprasit.
Roughly, that name translates into calling Bangkok the ‘City of Angels.’ Let’s just appreciate the fact that the rest of the world doesn’t have to memorize its full name.
2. Hot, Hot, Hot!
On average, Bangkok is actually the world’s hottest city. In the hottest months (March-May), temperatures can get up to a sweltering 34 degrees centigrade! That’s some hot stuff! If you want to stay a bit cooler, plan your visit between November-February.
3. Washrooms For Everyone
Interestingly enough, Bangkok is one of the first cities in the world to offer washrooms for third-gender parties. In some places, you’ll find a restroom for men, women, and a third for transgender men. This is a growing trend across Bangkok, which is a very liberal city.
4. Red Bull Was Born In Bangkok
Yes, the Red Bull that ‘gives you wings’ was actually developed in Bangkok, Thailand in 1976. It didn’t become popular to the rest of the world until many years later, but the energy drink has been a common concoction in Bangkok for a very long time. The man who developed it, Chaleo Yoovidhya, passed away in 2002, but at the time, he was the third richest man ever in Thailand, thanks to the global popularity of Red Bull.
5. Turn A Corner, See A Temple
In Bangkok alone, there are over 400 temples. You’ll never be able to see them all in just one visit, and it may seem like a lot of temples for one city. But, consider the fact that over 6.5 million people live in Bangkok alone. When you consider all of those people practicing religion, 400 temples seems small in comparison!