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Bangkok (Thai: กรุงเทพฯ Krung Thep) is the capital of Thailand  and with a population of over 11 million, by far its largest city. Its high-rise buildings, heavy traffic congestion, intense heat and naughty nightlife do not immediately give you a warm welcome — but don't let your first impression mislead you. It is one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone.

For years, it was only a small trading post at the banks of the Chao Phraya river, until King Rama I, the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty, turned it into the capital of Siam in 1782, after the burning of Ayutthaya by Burmese invaders. Since then, Bangkok turned into a national treasure house and functions as Thailand's spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic center.

Bangkok Economy

Bangkok is the economic center  of Thailand, dominating the country's economy and dwarfing any other urban centers. Development continues to pour in to Bangkok mostly neglecting the rest of the nation. It ...

Bangkok Population

The Bangkok Metropolitan Region  has an estimated population of 11,971,000 (January 1, 2008), with a population density of 1,301.42 per km².

Bangkok Weather

Bangkok has a tropical monsoon climate and holds claim to being the hottest city in the world. Sitting at the same latitude as Khartoum and Guatemala City, it is both hot and humid in equal measure. ...

Bangkok Geography

The Bangkok special administrative area covers 1,568.7 km2 (606 sq mi), making it the 68th largest  province in Thailand. Much of the area is considered the city of Bangkok, therefore making it one of the ...

Bangkok History

Before the 1780s the vicinity of Bangkok  consisted of small principalities which existed without official status. Bangkok began as a small trading community on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River ...