Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand located in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand, and has a population of over 8 million, or 12.5 percent of the country’s population. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. The city is one of the world’s top tourist destination. Bangkok can be overwhelming but you will find tranquil temples, palaces, and gardens among an appealing chaos. It’s a fascinating city that represents Southeast Asia’s tension between the developed and developing worlds. Bangkok serves as a gateway to most parts of Thailand including Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Kanchanabuti, Khao Yai, Khon Kaen and more.
The history of Bangkok dates back to General Taksin selecting the city of Dhonburi as the new capital (1767), the main reasons for this choice were strategic. His successor Rama I, the first King of the Chakri dynasty, transferred the royal residence across the river to Ban Kok (“Village of Olives”). The official date of foundation is 1782, but the place was already known as a fishing village, and its orchards were famous in the Ayutthaya period.
Bangkok is a fast-paced, 24-hour city with night markets and stalls open late every day of the week. It’s a sprawling city of skyscrapers with numerous rooftop bars and restaurants capitalizing on the warm weather. Bangkok is the world’s capital for shopping and its world famous shopping malls contribute to the city stellar performance in the MasterCard Index.
Places to visit and must-see:
- Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw
- Wat Pho
- Wat Arun
- Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall
- Wat Traimit, Temple of the Golden Buddha
- National Museum & Wang Na Palace
- Giant Swing
- Jim Thompson House
- Paragon Shopping Mall
- Siam Discovery
- River City, the Anchor of Arts and Antiques
- Terminal 21
- Chatuchak Weekend Market