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Bangkok – the capital of Thailand – is a popular destination during vacation time. The city is an independent municipality at roughly the same administrative level as the country’s provinces. With approximately 15 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area. Here are ten facts about Thailand’s capital that you probably didn’t know!

Unorganized traffic…

The traffic is so bad and unorganized in Bangkok that there are always trained midwives on the roads in case babies need to be delivered in traffic. [source]

A name you’ll never learn…

Los Angeles may have one of the world’s most complicated real names (the full name, that is), but nothing beats Bangkok, where the city’s full name is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”. No problem to memorize, right? [source]

Los Angeles may have one of the world’s most complicated real names (the full name, that is), but nothing beats Bangkok, where the city’s full name is "Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit". No problem to memorize, right?

Hello Kitty stands for corruption…

When a corrupt police officer is caught in the city, the police use Hello Kitty armbands on them to let everyone know that they have been corrupt. [source]

Sounds… relaxing…?

Between the two runways at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport, which is also the 14th busiest airport in the world, there is a fully functioning golf course. However, golfers have to pause their game when a red light is on, indicating that planes are incoming or outgoing. [source]

Between the two runways at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport, which is also the 14th busiest airport in the world, there is a fully functioning golf course. However, golfers have to pause their game when a red light is on, indicating that planes are incoming or outgoing.

Imitating Mexican gangs, without comparison…

Recently, more and more gangs have escalated in the city, imitating Mexican gangs. The difference is that they really have nothing in common except the criminal path. [source]

Sentenced to 141,078 years in prison…

In 1989, the world’s longest sentence for corporate fraud of 141,078 years was handed down to Chamoy Thipyaso in Bangkok, Thailand, according to Guinness World Records 2006. She defrauded more than 16,000 Thais in a pyramid scheme worth $204 million at the time. [source]

One of the world’s most corrupt cities…

Bangkok is one of the world’s most corrupt cities. This has prompted the local police authority to react; if a police officer refuses to accept a bribe, they are rewarded by the municipality with extra money. Yes, you read that right. [source]

Bangkok is one of the world’s most corrupt cities. This has prompted the local police authority to react; if a police officer refuses to accept a bribe, they are rewarded by the municipality with extra money. Yes, you read that right.

An excessively large city…

Bangkok is not only the capital of Thailand but also its largest city. With a registered population of 5,782,159 people, note that the city in question is likely significantly larger than the actual figures, as there is no relatively recent statistics. [source]

Home to the world’s largest statue in gold…

The world’s largest gold statue (see picture below) is located in Bangkok and is approximately 3 meters (9.8 feet) tall. Not only that; it weighs around 5.5 tons. In other words, it’s not an easy piece to steal. [source]

The world’s largest gold statue (see picture below) is located in Bangkok and is approximately 3 meters (9.8 feet) tall. Not only that; it weighs around 5.5 tons. In other words, it’s not an easy piece to steal.

Low life expectancy…

In most of the world, we are spoiled with our long life expectancy, but it’s a different story in Bangkok. The life expectancy for women is around 73 years, while it is only 65 years for men. [source]


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