The longest place name in the world
The official Thai name of Bangkok is in the Guiness Book of Records as the longest place name in the world. If you want to impress your friends, try memorizing this:
Krungthep Mahanakorn Boworn Rattanakosin Mahintharayuttha Mahadilokpop Noparatratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniveymahasathan Amornpiman Avatransathit Sakkathattiay-avisnukarmprasit.
What it means: "Great city of angels; the repository of divine gems; the great land unconquerable; the grand and prominent realm; the royal and delightful capital full of nine noble gems; the highest royal dwelling and grand palace; the divine shelter and living place of reincarnated spirits."
Consuming a grasshopper?
Did you know most of the Western people has a weak immune system after eating out of cages. And because we stopped eating natural food like vegetables and meat grown in the wild, including insects! Our Western civilization is horrifying for eating grasshoppers, cockroaches, scorpions ... oh nooh, bug dishes are not at all that favourites with tourists visiting Bangkok. We get sick when just watching Thai people eating roasted, sugared mealworms, scorpion-soup and deep fried cockroaches. Seen on TV I always have to visit these street-stalls when going for a walk on a market, along the busy boulevard downtown ... where grasshoppers are tiptop today! *LOL*, mjammie ... eating a bug isn't that bad, is it? Just the mass of these creepy creatures on a plate worries us, does it? I had some cicades, I had some worms once, and my grandmother used to be so good in preparing some other dishes I forgot the exact name. Walking in Pattaya and Bangkok I always am looking for the insects vendor carts on the market, even it still gives me the creeps! Nope,... I never had a grasshopper. Still ... it always will stay in my memory, heeheehhh
Guard at Royal Palace.
Have fun & take a pix with the guard at the Royal Palace ;-). Poor guy; he has to stand outside the palace for hours under the hot sun & not allowed to speak to anyone! Considering the number of tourists who visit the Royal Palace everyday, this is one job that Richie will definitely not apply for, no matter how good he looks in the uniform! :P
the ceremonial name
The sentence that follows is the translation of the 168 letters official (and ceremonial) name of Bangkok. One lesson learned: Thai people obviouly love using superlatives when it comes to their capital city. One interesting detail is that everyone is rumoured to know the entire name of the city by heart.
'the city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city of Ayutthaya of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn'.
Photo: a detail of Wat Ratchanada
The adaptor used in Thailand is the same one used in Bali, two round pins.
We normally take a small Australian power board with us as well, then there are plenty of points for charging mobiles, laptops, cameras etc.