Here are 19 Interesting Bangkok facts.

1-5 Bangkok Facts

1. Traffic is so bad in Bangkok that Thai Traffic Police has a unit of officers trained in basic midwifery in order to assist deliveries which do not reach the hospital in time. – Source

2. Bangkok’s real name is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”. – Source

3. There’s a batch of beef stew in Bangkok that’s been simply “topped up” for 40 years. Any bowl you order could have bits of decades old. – Source

4. The Bangkok police used Hello Kitty armbands to shame officers for minor offenses. – Source

5. In 2017, Michelin awarded Raan Jay Fai a Bangkok shophouse, the first BangkokMichelin Star for street food. Raan Jay Fai is named after it’s 72-year old owner, Jay Fai who still fires up the woks and dons trademark ski goggles to protect her eyes from hot oil. – Source

6-11 Bangkok Facts

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6. In between the two runways in Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport, the 14th busiest airport in the world, there is a fully functioning golf course. Golfers are held back by a red light whenever planes land. – Source

7. Bangkok youth have recently created purely-aesthetic gangs that emulate Mexican Gangsters visually but share little in common with illicit activities. – Source

8. The Bangkok Metropolitan Police department awards police officers extra cash if they refuse to take bribes. – Source

9. “Nazi Chic” is a popular fashion trend in Bangkok. – Source

10. Bangkok is the largest city in Thailand with a population of 5,782,159. – Source

11-15 Bangkok Facts

11. The largest solid gold statue on Earth is a Buddha located in a temple in Bangkok, Thailand. The seated figure is approximately 9.8 feet tall and weighs about 5.5 tons. – Source

12. There’s a restaurant in Bangkok where they catapult a flaming chicken to a unicyclist who catches it with a spiked helmet. – Source

13. In 2009, Bangkok nightclub fire caused 66 fatalities, it started during a performance of a band coincidentally named “Burn”. – Source

14. 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

15. In 2010, thousands of Bangkok demonstrators gathered to empty plastic containers of donated blood, collected from volunteers, on the fences of gateways to government headquarters. – Source

16-19 Bangkok Facts

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16. In 1986, the Robot Building was built in Bangkok to house the Bank of Asia. Complete with eyes and antennae, its design reflected the computerization of banking. – Source

17. There is a charity lets inmates of a high-security prison in Bangkok fight for money and shorter sentences. – Source

18. Bangkok used to be known as the “Venice of Asia” due to it being built around canals. – Source

19. 1 in 10 dogs in Bangkok estimated to be infected with the rabies virus. – Source

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Last Update: September 20, 2018