10 Things About Bangkok You Wouldn’t Know Unless You Went There

You thought you knew…but you have no idea.

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There’s no shortage of tourists in Bangkok, but one thing we can all agree on: it’s a fascinating city. There are facts to learn on Wikipedia, but there are also things about Bangkok you won’t truly understand until you’re actually there. Let’s get this street smart lesson started…

1. The city’s official name is long…VERY long.

Are you ready for it? Officially, it’s: “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.” It’s not surprising that it breaks Guinness World Book of Records as the longest name for a place.

2. “Venice of the East.”

Visiting a floating market is a must-do, which can only mean that Bangkok hubs a number of canals, hence its nickname as “Venice of the East.” Lovely!

3. Home of millionaires

Approximately 95% of 200,000 millionaires in Thailand live in Bangkok. This means you’ll be running into jetsetters left and right!

4. Population, population!

As the most populated city in Thailand, 1 out of every 10 Thais live here, which means…

5. Traffic is…awful.

Plan ahead!! Especially, if you’re hustling from scheduled meeting, one after another. Bangkok is known for horrific traffic, so expect to be stuck on the road for hours at a time even if you’re traveling between a few kilometers.

6. Interesting laws…so keep your underwear on. Literally.

Different folks, different strokes. In Bangkok, don’t leave the house without wearing your underwear. Don’t drive a vehicle without a shirt on, and don’t step on Thai money. All of these are considered as crimes and could land you in jail.

7. There may be poor people in Thailand, but they will never be hungry.

As we were told by many locals. Thailand is an agricultural dreamland, so there’s always plenty of produce and food to eat. Even the poorest people won’t go hungry. Well, as we were told.

8. Where Red Bull was made.

Bet you didn’t know that! Your favorite energy drink was created in 1976 by Chaleo Yoovidhya, who became the third richest man in Thailand at the time of his death.

9. The biggest gold Buddha & Chinatown.

Let’s be real, Thailand has an amazing Chinatown. It’s comprehensive, massive, and it houses the largest gold Buddha statue in the world!! It’s measured at 9.8 ft tall and 5.5 tons with an estimated value of 250 million dollars, which you can find inside Wat Traimit.

10. Respect the King.

You may know this already since we’ve mentioned it in several articles, because it really matters in the local culture. The King, who recently passed away, means the heart and soul of local Thai. Definitely don’t speak badly of him in any way.

Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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