The city with the Guinness book record for the longest name of a place is Bangkok. Apparently, Bangkok is the city’s nickname and it’s ceremonial name is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit!"
Just a few weeks ago, Indonesia confirmed their plan in moving the administrative capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan. Bangkok has taken a similar approach. Overcrowding, pollution, rising sea levels and heavy traffic congestion has taken its toll on Thailand's capital city.
In comparison, Bangkok ranks just one position behind Jakarta in world’s traffic congestion. This is not the first time that Bangkok has considered relocating their capital and mixed reviews were received, unsurprisingly.
With the move in attracting more foreign business in Thailand, the country will need to seriously consider how in the long term these foreign investments may increase the toll that Bangkok is currently dealing with.
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Thailand could be the next nation in south-east Asia to relocate its capital after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hinted such a move could be a “possibility” under his government. Taking inspiration from neighbouring Myanmar and similar plans being formulated in Indonesia, the Thai prime minister suggested that relocating the capital could help Bangkok overcome its mounting urban challenges. Like Jakarta, Bangkok is beset by overcrowding, pollution, rising sea levels and heavy traffic congestion. During an address at the Connecting Thailand with the World Conference on 18 September, the retired army general floated two options for a potential move. “The first is to find a city that’s neither too far nor too expensive to move to,” he said, “The second is to move to outer Bangkok to reduce crowding.”