Bangkok, Thailand

Between 1986 and 1991, Bangkok had the world’s fastest growing economy.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej has ruled since 1946, making him Thailand’s longest ruling monarch.

The Grand Palace in the heart of Bangkok was built in 1782, and is still the King’s official residence.

Bangkok’s official name is the longest place name in the world, with some 150 characters.

The many canals, or khlongs, of Bangkok earned it the nickname “Venice of the East”.

With more than 1,000 skyscrapers, Bangkok is the 18th tallest city in the world after Beijing.

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