Bangkok, Thailand


Bangkok by Milei.vencel

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and with a population of nearly 9 million, is the largest city in the country. The city's high-rise buildings, traffic congestion, intense heat and naughty nightlife do not immediately give you a warm welcome. Don't let your first impression of Bangkok mislead you. It is one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities with attractions including magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife.

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Located just under 14 degrees north of the equator, Bangkok is a tropical city and one of the most tourist-friendly cities in Asia. It was once a small trading post on the banks of the Chao Phraya River until King Rama I (Thailand's first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty) turned it into the capital in 1782. Since then, Bangkok has turned into a national treasure house and functions as Thailand's spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic centre.

Along the Chao Phraya River by Oliver Spalt

Despite sensationalised news from the international media, the city is surprisingly safe as a travel destination. The city is more organised than it initially appears and full of hidden attractions waiting to be discovered. The high humidity and warm temperature favour the growth of tropical plants in Thailand and you'll find exotic orchids and delicious fruits in Bangkok sourced from across the country.

Thai cuisine is justifiably famous, varied and affordable even for the budget traveller. Saffron-robed monks, garish neon signs, graceful Thai architecture, spicy dishes, colourful markets, traffic jams and the tropical climate come together in a happy coincidence in this metropolis. For most visitors, it is difficult to leave with a lukewarm impression of this magnificent city.

Flower market in Bangkok by eric molina
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