Did you know? Bangkok holds the Guinness World Record for having the longest city name. This is the full ceremonial name of Bangkok in Thai:
Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.
Roughly translated, "Krung Thep Mahanakhon" means "City of Angels". The 168 letters are taught to children in school, however few can explain the full meaning of the name as many of the words are archaic, made up of Pali and Sanskrit root words. Most Thais who can remember the full name of Bangkok are able to do so because of this song:
In 2017, Bangkok was listed as the Most Visited City in the world by Forbes. It is the biggest cosmopolitan city in a country that is made up of mostly small towns and villages. Thailand is also the only Southeast Asian country that has never been colonised by an European power. The city is filled with signs of modern urbanisation, as you see skyscrapers and huge shopping malls all around. However, the city still retains its rich culture and heritage. It is not surprising to see a temple located in the heart of the city between 2 shopping malls. The juxtaposition of tradition and modernisation makes Bangkok a city that is truly unique and rich with life.