Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and compared with other cities in Thailand its size and population dwarfs the rest. Estimated at 8 million souls its a city matched in size only by its rowdy nightlife and nocturnal activities!
The local language and dialect follows the official government thai or central dialect although thais from all four corners of Thailand converge here in seeking their fortune in Bangkoks city streets. It is therefore considered one of the most cosmopolitan of Asias cities which see's tourists arrive in droves to sample a taste of the 'Big Mango.' Bangkok is refered to by locals as Krung Thep which translates to 'City of Angels', among foreigners and the rest of the world however, it is Bangkok (translates to 'Place of the Plum Tree') which it's most well known as.
Visitors and residents alike would be proud of the futuristic skyline it boasts as is it is unmatched in many parts of the world and big skyscrapers would continue to be progressively added with each passing year. A city that combines old with new, here and there saffron clad monks continue to make the age-old alms trips each morning while heavy traffic cruised by indifferently.
Some districts in Bangkok worth mentioning:
Bangkok Markets include:
Neat Places to go include:
Traffic at Asoke, Bangkok
Founded: 1782 A.D
Population: 7.9 Million (Metropolitan)
Size (Metropolitan): 40 Sq. Miles
Seasons and Weather.
The centrally located Bangkok is a steamy and humid city, the heavily built-up environment means high temperatures the year round with the cold season bringing only a marginal drop in temperatures. The wettest part of the year is normally September and the coldest is usually December and January.
Cool Season - October to February. Avg Temp - 27 C
Hot Season - March to May. Avg Temp - 34 C
Wet Season - June to September. Avg Temp - 32 C.
Bangkok is not far from the old Thai capital of Ayutthaya, which is located just north of Bangkok.
Map of Old Bangkok