Location of Bangkok
Bangkok is the Capital city of Thailand and is located in the Central Part of the country. It is located close to the Chao Phraya river delta.
History of Bangkok
Bangkok can trace its roots back to a small trading post as part of the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 15th century. Due to it location at close to the Chao Phraya river this became an important part of the Ayutthaya kingdom. During the 19th Century the country of Siam faced pressure from the west and named Bangkok as its capital. Bangkok was formed from 2 other capital cities that occupied the area at the time, Thonburi and Rattanakosin. The city of Bangkok saw rapid growth during the 1960’s to become one of the largest cities in Asia.
Population of Bangkok
The population of Bangkok is around 8 million people living within the city. But the sprawl of the Bangkok metropolitan region has a population of around 4 million people living in it. Bangkok is usually the first stop when visiting Thailand and is served by 2 different airports.
Religious make up of Population
As with most of Thailand, Buddhism features heavily within the population. Bangkok has of the most amazing temples in Thailand. The most notable of these are Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun. These are located throughout Bangkok and it is recommended that you visit at least one of them on any trip.
Modern Day Bangkok
Today, Bangkok is the economic heart of Thailand. Due to is modern high rise buildings and business district it does appear to be very different in appearance to the rest of Thailand. The business district on Si Lom and Sathon Roads in Bang Rak and Sathon Districts teems with skyscrapers. It is the site of many of the country's major corporate headquarters, but also of some of the city's infamous red-light districts. On the other hand, as a result of economic disparity, many slums have emerged in the city. Wholesale and retail trade continue to be the largest sector in the city's economy though. With shopping malls located everywhere in the city and easy access to imported and domestic goods it no wonder this is the biggest economic sector for Bangkok.
Bangkok is one of the world’s leading places for tourists to visit. The Department of Tourism recorded 26,861,095 Thai and 11,361,808 foreign visitors to Bangkok in 2010. Bangkok also topped the list of best places to visit in the world in 2017. With its blend of Old versus new culture it is no wonder that Bangkok is so well liked.
Thailand is known for its warm weather and Bangkok is no exception to this. The average temperature for the year is 33.3°C or 91.9°F. The hottest months are March, April and May. The main months for heavy rainfall are September and October. During this time you can expect around 20 out of 30 days to have rainfall occur. That being said, December and January see the highest number of daily hours of sunshine, making this one of the most visited times of year.
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