Once I unexpectedly bought caught in Bangkok through the failed April Idiot’s Day coup of 1981, it was nonetheless the one actual metropolis in Thailand — a kingdom of villages. Chiang Mai, the “rose of the north,” ranked second, however was actually not more than a big, sleepy provincial city.
In Thai, the capital has the world’s longest place title, in keeping with Guinness World Data, starting Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. It was not simply the seat of presidency, however the nation’s industrial and enterprise hub and foremost port. Oil refineries have been near the port, and refined petrochemicals have been transported upcountry by rail — a disruptive characteristic of this fascinating however dysfunctional metropolis of some 15 million that continues to today.