Bangkok is the political and commercial capital of Thailand. It lies on the banks of Chai Phraya River, near the Gulf of Thailand. In Thai, Bangkok is known as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or Krung Thep in short.
Bangkok has overshadowed other regions in Thailand from late 18th century. This dominance is evident in all spheres including political, cultural and commercial scenes. Though Bangkok is modern, it still retains the charm of a Thai village. The vibrant and colorful city beckons village folks from nearby provinces and welcomes them into its ever-expanding folds.
Bangkok ranks 22 in the list of most populous cities in the world. The legal residents of the city number almost nine million. However, the actual number may be almost double this, taking into account the illegal residents and daily commuters who come to the city for work.
The city of Bangkok is spread over five provinces. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) covers only half of the city. Due to this, there is dispute regarding the size and population of the city. Six provinces, namely, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Chachoengsao, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon and Nakhon Pathom, bound the city of Bangkok.
Bangkok had been the gateway to Asia due to its geographical location. People from across the seas came here for trading and for setting up businesses. Many came here to escape the political upheavals in their own country. All these have contributed to Bangkok’s growth as a leading economic and financial power in Southeast Asia. This booming economy lead to the mushrooming of skyscrapers – Bangkok is one among the top cities, where construction of high-rises is the fastest. In spite of its modern image, Bangkok has countless historical and religious monuments, which makes it an ideal tourist destination.
The weather is hot and humid all round the year, with temperature between 78?F to 90?F (26 to 31?C).
Bangkok is purportedly sinking 2in (5cm) yearly. However, with all the activities going on, nobody is paying any attention to it.