Bangkok

Bangkok City at Night

Bangkok is also known as 'Krung Thep' meaning 'the City of Angels'. Established as the capital of Thailand by King Rama I in 1782, Bangkok is the largest city in Thailand. King Rama I or King Buddha Yodfa very strategically established the capital of Thailand on the opposite side of Chao Phraya River to protect it from foreign enemies.

Situated in the heart of the peace-loving country of Thailand, Bangkok is a promising land of myriad experiences. Bangkok is an impressive city that boasts of having a bundle of massive skyscrapers, luxurious hotels and shopping centers. Apart from the traditional Thai culture, the warmth and hospitality of Bangkok till dates continues to attract tourists from all over the world. Having undergone several developments over the last two centuries, Bangkok has emerged as a modern metropolis housing the regional headquarters of the UN Economic, the Pacific (ESCAP) and Social Commission for Asia.

Location

Bangkok is located on the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River in southwest Thailand.

Area

Spread over an area of 1,569  sq km, Bangkok with all its charm and beauty awaits your arrival.

Population

According to a survey in the year 2010, Bangkok has a population of around 8,280,925 people.

Language

Thai is the official language of Bangkok. Spoken by a majority of people, English is considered to be the second language of Bangkok.

Currency

Baht is the currency of Thailand.

Climate

Bangkok enjoys sunny weather in August with an average temperature around 30 degrees Celsius. Tourists are advised to take umbrellas and cotton clothing when traveling to Bangkok in August. Rainy season is from May to October. However, the best time to visit Bangkok is between November and April.

Places to visit in Bangkok

The Grand Palace, The Royal Barges, Safari World,  Crocodile Farm, Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount), Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Mahathat, Wat Sutat (Great Swing), Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Wat Traimit, Lumpini Park, the Auyttaha, the Peninsula, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, the River City, Snake Farm-Queen Saovabha Memorial
Institute and the Ancient City.

How to Reach

  • Air: Don Muang Bangkok International Airport (BIA) is well connected to all the major cities of the world. BIA has in all 5 terminals. Don Muang BKK International Airport is another major airport in Bangkok. Air India, British Airways, American Airlines, Air New Zealand, Air Canada, Air France, Egypt Air, Qatar Airways and Qantas Airways are some of the popular airlines operating flights to and from Bangkok.
  • Rail: Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Railway Station is just 15 minutes away from Simon Road area in Bangkok. Tourists can also board trains from Bangkok's Thon Buri Railway Station. Both these railway stations are well connected to all major cities of the world. One can also avail the services of Sky Trains running throughout Bangkok city in Thailand.

Photo by : Evo Flash

Published On: Saturday, July 27th, 2013