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Bangkok Travel Guide, Thailand

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is one of the world’s top tourist’s hotspots. The urban city of Thailand, Bangkok has its roots in the ancient Thai culture. This city of angels is a disciplined city with lowest crime rates compared to other cities in the world. An exciting vacation is guaranteed when you visit this ancient Thai village.

December and August are popular months where tourists visit Bangkok in large numbers. This city has moderate climate most of the year and hence you can visit Bangkok at any time you wish during your holidays.

Accommodation in Bangkok is easily available with a number of budget hotels there to serve you. If you are looking for a luxurious stay, you can choose from great hotels that offer exotic amenities from spa to massage parlors to pamper you during your stay in Bangkok.

Statistics

Population: 11 million

Time zone: GMT 7.

Area: 1568.7 Km square

Languages Spoken: Thai English

Geography

Situated two meters above sea level, Bangkok is located in the heart of Thailand. The city is situated in the plains of River Chao Pharaya. Bangkok is marked with artificial and natural canals traversing along the length and breadth of the city. It is a tropical region with high temperature and humidity.

People and Culture

The people of Bangkok are warm and friendly and they take great pride in their monarchy.  Bangkok has a diversified culture. Three important races - Thais Chinese immigrants and Malay -- dominate the city.  Thais form 80% of the population. Then, there are the Chinese immigrants Malays and tribes like Khmers, Mons and other hill tribes.

Taking a close look at the class distribution of the people of Bangkok one can see that the extreme rich and the very poor populace are the Thais. The minorities and foreigners form the middle class of Bangkok. The Chinese are seen to be engaged more in business than the other races.

Coming to religion, the majority of the people practice Theravada Buddhism. Islam is followed by about five per cent of the population. Other religions followed are Christianity and Hinduism. Bangkok’s culture is centuries old. Today it is a blend of the age old traditional aspects and modernity. Known for its unique culture, the Thai culture has been handed over through generations among the races.

Architecture

Bangkok has a splendid architecture. Its architecture is a blend of modern and contemporary influence. The temples boast the most spectacular Buddhist architecture whereas the sky shooting buildings give a modern feel to the city. The early architecture of the city has a Khemur influence. The buildings have a touch of Chinese style in exterior decorations while you can see the Italian influence in old houses in Bangkok.

Infrastructure

Since 1960s, Bangkok has seen rapid urbanization and industrialization.  Foreign investments have helped the city to see new horizons of development and modernization. From road to air transport, the city has an excellent network. The city has a long coastline. There are around 122 ports presently serving the city. The city has excellent facilities of telecommunication.

 
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  • MadSuhBack again in Bangkok
    review by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    Arriving in Bangkok felt really good, especially because our VIP 24 seat bus ride didn’t really turn out that great. I could barely sleep because we were sitting in the back and the road was quite bumpy. Anyhow, we got to our hotel alright and checked in. The hotel was really nice and hip,...
  • MadSuhFrom Koh Tao via Chumpon to Bangkok
    review by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    The last few days on Koh Tao were beautiful. We met some nice people there, a transvestite who was doing Maria's hair and gave Irina a face mask and manicure. Some nice people we met over at our favorite restaurant and some people we met while being out at night. The most fun part was probably...
  • MadSuhA little more of Bangkok
    review by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    I didn't do a whole lot yesterday except walking around a lot. I met an interesting scotish guy who lives in Japan. We had a nice chat over dinner and then he was off to the airport. I love the fact that when you are traveling around in Thailand, you constantly meet strangers. Anyhow, I did walk...
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  • MadSuhPublic Transportation
    travel tip by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    While in Bangkok there are several choices of how to get around. Tuc Tuc, Taxi, Sky Train. I personally prefer the Sky Train as this is usually the best option (fast, clean). When the Sky Train is not available, use a Taxi, they are...
  • MadSuhQ-Bar
    travel tip by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    This is a fun but rather Westerner oriented classic. Q-Bar is for you if you like cocktails, if you like style and well if you like bangkok Nightlife with all its good and negative parts. If you go there, I would recommend staying across...
  • MadSuhMBK Shopping Center
    travel tip by MadSuh posted more then 30 days ago
    I guess especially when in Bangkok, you wanna spend some time relaxing indoors as well. There are really good places to shop at in Bangkok and the MBK is one of the largest, craziest places there is. I am not sure how many shops they...
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    Los Angeles, CA (LAX)Bangkok, TH (BKK)07/03/201411:50 am
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