Bangkok, the capital of Thiland is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya river. lt is the political, commercial, cultural, spiritual, education and diplomatic a Canere of the country.
In 1767, when the Thai capital of Ayutthaya fell to the Burmese, the Royal family established a new capital in Thonburi, on the west bank ofn the Chao Phraya river. In 1782 King Rama l of the present Chakri Dynasty moved the royal residence to the east bank of the Chao Phraya and named the new ca[ota; “Krung Thep” (City of Angels).
Bangkok is one of the fastest growing, most economically dynamic and social progressive cities in the East Asia and the capital with population estimated at around 9-1 million.
Nowadays, Bangkok can be divided into main geographic areas of follows:
The riverside to the city’s east is Silom, Siam and Sukhumvit, young Thais and Keen Dhoppers head to the area World Trade Centre etc. Heading east along Ploenchit road and Sukhumvit road, there is plenty of shopping which spring up around the beginning of Sukhumvit and stretch soi Asoke, Central Chidlom and Dmporium. The Ekamai, the Eastern bus terminal is located on Soi Ekamai very close to the Science centre of Education.
Central Bangkok is the Siam Square district of the city. This is Bangkok’s most western feeling shopping district, Pratunam next to Silom is also great for shopping Sukhumvit road is night time heart of Bangkok.
Dusit District also offeres plenty of tourist attractions Vimanmek Palace, Wat Benchamabophit and Dusit Zoo are found here.
Northern Bangkok’s highlife for tourists is Chatuchak
Weekend market, best reached by catching the Sky-Train. Mor Chit bus terminal is located at the same stop. Don Muang, Bangkok’s omtermatopma; aor[prt os abpit 15km . future nouth. The Don Muang has been being moved to Suwannaphum airport. lt opening of the new airport in 2006.
Sathorn, Silom area is a financial district. The area has a number of Embassies and hotels such as Sukhothai hotel, Dusit Thani hotel, if you ueach west along Sathorn or Silom, you’ll come to Charoen Krung road and the Chao Phraya riverside again. This riverside is popular hotel area, the city’s beast hotels including the Oriental hotel, the best hotel in the world, the Shangrila and the Royal Orchid Sheraton.
North along the rivers way is Chinatown, Pahurat and lndian district. Here you’ll find wat Trimit, the Golden Buddha is head over to Chinatown where you can gaze upon a nine feet tall the Buddha statue, weighing more than five tons. This attraction is believed to be the worlds largest solid gold Biddja statue.
Ratanakosin lsland is the most heavily visted area, Bangkok’s old city lying on the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya river. Here you’ll find historical architecture such as the Grand palace. Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Ratchanaddaram etc. The city’s founding pillar is found in this district including the National Museum, National theatre and the Sanam Luang area is the Political capital of Thailand.
Backpackers head to the Banglamphu and The wet areas, behind the Democracy Monument, with guethouses and cheap restaurants.
You may want to visit to Bangkok. You may choose to attend a Thai Kick – boxing match where you may lose yourself with all of the available displays.