- Thai Cuisine is a real culinary adventure
If you are visiting Bangkok then you will surely be amazed by their rich cuisine able to satisfy all types of tourists. Starting with the unique and vibrant street food stalls and ending with their luxury restaurants you will experience the same symphony of delicious tastes, surprising spices and original textures. You simply must try the jasmine rice, the authentic Pad Thai, and if you really have an adventurous stomach then I dare you to taste some exotic fried cockroaches and caterpillars.
- The real name of Bangkok is the longest city name on Earth
Believe it or not, Bangkok is the short version of this city’s name. Currently, Bangkok has earned its place in the Guinness World Records book by being the city with the longest name on Earth. Its real name is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”.
- The hottest city in the world
A few years back, the World Meteorological Organization has declared Bangkok as the hottest city in the world. On a regular day, at 10 AM you can barely breathe due to the burning heat. When you are visiting the city, make sure you always have a large bottle of water with you and an umbrella.
- Buddhist temples in almost every street and corner
It has not been recorded yet, but Bangkok may very well be the city with the most temples in the world. You literally find a Buddhist temple at every turn you take. The greatest cultural symbols of Thailand are in fact these beautiful and intriguing temples.
- Candy-colored cabs everywhere
One of the most delightful and fun parts of this city consists of the colorfulness that the candy-colored cabs bring on the streets. Each taxi company uses a different candy hue to color its cars so when walking on the streets of Bangkok, expect to be surprised by baby pink, sky blue, bright green or vivid orange cabs.
- Not wearing underwear is illegal
Not wearing underwear in Bangkok then can land you in jail. Yes, that’s right! People in Thailand are very serious about their underwear and things like going bare-chested in public are seriously punished by law.
- They really love their king
In Bangkok you can observe the huge adoration the people has for their king. There are pictures and posters on the streets, and in cinemas a short clip about the royal power is played before every movie. When this movie is played, everyone must stand up and pay respect. Also, it is illegal to laugh at a picture or clip of the king or to say something bad about him.
- Land of Smiles
Bangkok is one of the friendliest cities on Earth. It really deserves the name “Land of Smiles”. Thai people are a peaceful people, always ready to smile. They love harmony and this detail is what determines a lot of tourists to return to Bangkok seeking the same simple charm and warmth of its people.
- World’s Best City 2008
Bangkok has all the different qualities of a truly exotic and cultural city: it has amazing food, fantastic shopping possibilities, vibrant nightlife, colorful sceneries, and unique architecture. This is what made it win the thirteenth annual World’s Best Awards Readers’ Survey of globally leading travel magazine Travel + Leisure.