King Rama I -- who founded this capital city -- must not have anticipated those tiny boxes on Fedex forms when he named the city “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”, the longest city name in the world. It translates to:
“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”
And you thought LA's original name was long. Locals just call it “Krung Tep” and many Thais aren't familiar with the giggle-inducing name westerners use: Bangkok, a word which means “village of wild plums” and refers to the original site of the Siamese capital west of the Chao Phyra
River in Thonburi.