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Bangkok Thailand

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Fast Facts

  • The name Bangkok is derived from Bang Makok, meaning ‘Place of Olive Plums’, the name of a village that predates the foundation of the capital in 1782

  • On Buddhist holidays it’s illegal to sell alcohol so bars stay closed

  • King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the longest-reigning living monarch in the world

  • Along with nation and religion, the monarchy is very highly regarded in Thai society. Negative comments about the king or any member of the royal family is a social as well as legal taboo

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