Did You Know These Amazing Facts on Bangkok, Thailand
A Dynamic City of Many Wonders
There’s always something new to experience in Bangkok, Thailand’s cosmopolitan capital, and while you may have heard plenty about it, here are some facts that may surprise you too!
It’s Home to the River of Kings
Did you know a mighty river runs through this pulsating city? The Chao Phraya River, also known as the “River of Kings” is a vital part of the city’s lifeblood from ancient times and offers an ideal backdrop from which to head off on your escapades to see riverside attractions. Properties located on its banks, such as Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort even offer complimentary shuttle boats on the river as well as tours of connecting canals (klongs) and dinner cruises too.
Features Thailand’s Tallest Ferris Wheel
For travellers at riverside-based family hotels, Bangkok adventures include easy access to key attractions such as Asiatique Sky which happens to be the tallest Ferris wheel in the country! This 60-metre-high structure can be found at ASIATIQUE The Riverfront, an expansive modern market beside the Chao Phraya River; after you get in some retail therapy, ensure you take a ride on this Ferris wheel where you can enjoy stunning views of the river and city transformed at night.
It’s Also Called the City of Angels
Fans of romantic films (and Meg Ryan & Nicolas Cage!) would often think of the popular Hollywood movie set in Los Angeles when they hear the phrase “City of Angels”. However, you should know that this term is also used for Bangkok and dates to the 18th century. This is because King Rama I, in 1782, established the nation’s new capital in Bangkok which he named Krung Thep Maha Nakhon; “Krung Thep” translates to “City of Devas” or “City of Angels”.
Temples on Thai Coins Are All in Bangkok
If you look at Thai baht coins, you will notice some truly fascinating temples though what you may not be aware of is that all those sacred sites are in Bangkok! Things to do here include visiting each of these attractions on the coins, which make for great souvenirs too of your sightseeing excursions. For example, on the 10 baht coin, you will find the stunning Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn while on the 1 baht coin, is the Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha.