The Kingdom of Thailand is located in South East Asia and borders to Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, headed by HM King Rama IX Bhumibol Adulyadej who is not only the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history but also the world’s longest-serving head of state.
Thailand’s capital city is Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, better known as Bangkok. Bangkok is the centre of Thailand in terms of business, politics, industry and culture. Bangkok accommodates around 8 million people, which is 12.6 percent of the country’s population.
Local Thai people will call Bangkok Krung Thep and this is actually a shortening of its full ceremonial name given by King Rama III and Mongkut:
Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit
And in English: City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s behest.
In school, all Thai students are taught the full name – but no worries, we don’t expect you to remember everything – yet.