About Bangkok...

Bangkok is a fascinating, intoxicating and chaotic place brimming with sights, smells, thrills, gracious people, contradictions, cultures, cars, noise and bedlam. One of the first surprises about Bangkok is that the city is not called Bangkok in the Thai language. It is called Krung Thep (‘the City of the Angels’) and the name Bangkok refers strictly to only a small part of the city. These days most Thais understand what foreigners mean when they say “Bangkok”, but it is also useful for us to understand what Thais mean when they say “Krung Thep”.

Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and has dominated its urban hierarchy and political, commercial and cultural life since the late 18th century. The city is regarded as one of the most famous holiday destinations in the world for its rich culture and heritage, modern developments and plethora of attractions. Bangkok was founded in 1782 by the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty. It is now the country’s spiritual, cultural, diplomatic, commercial and educational hub. It covers an area of more than 1,500 square kilometers, and it is home to more than 10% of the country’s population.

The history of Bangkok depicts that when Ayutthaya - the capital of Thailand earlier was demolished by the Burmese army in 1767, the army of Thailand established Thonburi as the new capital in 1782. Bangkok was declared the capital of Thailand in 1782 by King Chakri. Here he asked the Chinese merchants to move away and built the Temple of Emerald Buddha. The merchants and missionaries who were driven out from other parts of Thailand came to Bangkok and later on trade treaties were established with Europe and North America. 20th century saw much growth in Bangkok and the Memorial Bridge was constructed in 1932.An important chapter in the history of Bangkok was the Vietnam War which proved beneficial for the city as roads were widened, Don Muang Airport was constructed. The progress of the city of Bangkok has continued since 1960. Bangkok for long had been an important gateway because of its route connecting to Gulf of Thailand.

Over the last few decades, Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok, has changed into a modern, exciting and sophisticated city. It offers to visitors not only the cosmopolitan amenities they would expect from other big cities, but also a unique treasure trove of cultural attractions. Thailand, in the heart of Southeast Asia, was never colonized and thus kept its unique culture and heritage intact. Bangkok offers visitors the opportunity to experience fascinating glimpse of Thailand’s gentle culture amidst the bustle of a great and dynamic metropolis. This great city has had astounding success in combining the ancient and modern world.

Bangkok has a feast of attractions to offer. The city is dotted with 400 glittering Buddhist temples of great beauty and fascination, magnificent palaces, classical dance extravaganzas, numerous shopping centres and traditional ways of life, especially along the "Venice of the East" timeless canals and the Chao Phraya River of the "River of Kings" winding through the city. It is worth taking a trip along its waters before exploring further into different canals to take a glimpse of old Bangkok.

Bangkok Tourism is held in high esteem as the capital city of Thailand is one of the world's top tourist destinations. And it tops the list of tourist hotspots in Asia. Bangkok has not only lured the tourists but have also foreigners settled here only owing to its unique features and life of ease and comfort.

Tourism in Bangkok comprises of exploring the historical landmark of the city, the Grand Palace and other historical sites here like Wat Arun Wat Pho which houses a reclining statue of Buddha. Not to forget the three palaces of which the Chitralada Palace is truly praiseworthy. There are many Buddhist temples, then Science Museum, Benjasiri Park. Bangkok’s tourism is further boosted with the presence of some of the most luxurious hotels in Bangkok. The shopping extravaganza with the various markets and bazaars, have always attracted tourists here in Bangkok. The Chatuchak Market is one of the kinds being the largest shopping destination in Bangkok. Also you can just enjoy shopping in the floating markets. If you are a party animal then you will find a number of night clubs, westernized clubs and cafes here in Bangkok. There is so much to see in Bangkok that of you wish to include everything in your itinerary; you have to ensure that you extend your stay.