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Bangkok at a glance

As the political, economic, cultural, culinary, and spiritual capital of Thailand, Bangkok features both old-world charm and modern convenience, at times served up in an apparently chaotic manner, but always with a gracious smile.

Many tourists who travel to Bangkok are immediately overwhelmed by the sheer size of the city and the vast number of attractions Bangkok has to offer. Indeed, there is a wide variety of Bangkok sightseeing opportunities spanning more than two centuries of rapid development following the city’s founding in 1782 by King Rama I, the first king of the present Chakri Dynasty. Since that auspicious date, Bangkok has swelled to a cosmopolitan, 21st century city of more than 10 million inhabitants.

While the immensity of the city and its bustling streets can be intimidating at first, those who spend some time in Bangkok are quickly enamored by the myriad of attractions Bangkok contains, from exotic temples, which underscore Thailand’s strong Buddhist history, to modern shopping malls, which make shopping an integral part of any Bangkok holiday.

Whether the purpose of your Bangkok holiday is to immerse yourself in Thailand’s unique culture or simply to splurge in the city's shopping malls, you are guaranteed to have a fascinating experience of both old-world charm, as well as modern convenience and luxury.

(Source: Bangkok Tourism Division)