Bangkok - The Capital City of Thailand
Bangkok, the capital and largest urban center of Thailand is settled nearly by 11 million people of various lineage and descendents. The 22nd largest city on the Earth located just under 14 degree north of Equator Bangkok is a tropical metropolis. The six other provinces Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Chachoengsao, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon and Nakhon Pathom bordering Bangkok are expanded and considered as part of Bangkok Metropolitan Area. Bangkok is divided into 50 districts.
The city is mixture of populace from Thai, Chinese, Buddhist, Muslim and Western race, as a large number of immigrants attracted towards Bangkok due to its economic growth and prosperity. The city is very popular among foreign tourists for leisure as well as business purposes. Due to a good number of places of historical importance, recreation and business facilities Bangkok is counted among one of the favorite tourist destinations of the world. It represents the typical Asian capital with garish neon signs, exotic Thai architecture, spicy dishes, colorful markets, and above all tropical climate.
Bangkok referred as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon in Thai language was a small trading post at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River during 18th century in the Ayutthaya Kingdom but soon got it deserved place after it became capital in 1768 after the burning of Ayuthaya. Since then Bangkok has developed into a great center of political, economical, social, awareness not only of Thailand, but also South East Asia and Indochina as well. It is now well recognized as global center of arts, politics, fashion, education, entertainment, business and finance.
The weather of Bangkok is relatively humid that favors the growth of tropical plants as it is a place full of orchids with variety in vegetation and tasty fruits everywhere. Bougainvillea and frangipani practically can be found anywhere.
The metropolitan area of Bangkok preserves some of the best historical sites of Thailand like as Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun. There are a large number of Royal Palaces in Bangkok; some of them are still in service of Royal family and others are open to public, and a few have been converted into the government offices and educational institutions.
Grand Palace, the official residence of the King is one of the most visited places in Bangkok. Grand Palace houses Chakri Mahaprasat Hall and Wat Phra Kaew within which is located Emerald Buddha the most important temple in Thailand. Chitralada Palace is the Bangkok residence of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) and Queen Sirikit.85 meters high Wat Arun is pre-Thon Buri era structure that was considered as ancient highest structure in Bangkok. Wat Pho, Wat Suthat, Wat Saket are other oldest centers of attraction in Bangkok for the religious significance and architectural value.
Bangkok is full of shopping malls and market from street markets to world class luxury malls. The Chatuchak weekend market is one of the largest shopping experiences that one can have in Bangkok. In Siam Paragon and Central World one of the most modern shopping centers in Bangkok’s city center one can have all the luxuries. The city has 15 world class shopping malls around it. There is no end of shopping malls in Bangkok. In Bangkok you don’t need to look at any special venue to appease your appetite, you can have food carts full of varieties of cuisines at every spot in Bangkok. In Bangkok one not only can have road side eateries but good number of standard restaurants serving international as well as Thai and other Asian cuisines in every price range.
For accommodation in Bangkok, there are a number of good deluxe as well as budget hotels which provides visitors all the modern facilities and amenities.