angkok is the capital and the most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (กรุงเทพมหานคร, pronounced [krūŋ tʰêːp máhǎː nákʰɔ̄ːn] ( listen)) or simply About this sound Krung Thep (help·info).
The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres (605.7 sq mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand, and has a population of over eight million, or 12.6 percent of the country’s population.
Over fourteen million people (22.2 percent) live within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region, making Bangkok an extreme primate city, dwarfing Thailand’s other urban centres in terms of importance.
The Grand Palace is the official residence of the kings of Thailand. This complex of wonderful buildings attracts the highest number of visitors in Bangkok, each year. One of the most famous is The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), which contains small Emerald Buddhas from the 14th century. Keep in mind that this is Thailand’s most sacred place and a strict dressing code applies: long pants, long shirts, no bare feet, no bare shoulders etc.
The Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun, on the Chao Phraya river and a beautiful blue sky in Bangkok, ThailandWat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) is a 104 meter prang (Khmer-style tower), decorated with pieces of porcelain.With murals and Buddha images designed by King Rama II and a couple of mythical guardians that one can see also at Wat Pho, some say that it’s better to admire this landmark from a distance. If you’d like to see a nice view of Chao Phraya river, you can walk up some stairs here.
The National Museum claims to be the largest museum in South East Asia. It is the best place to find out some facts about the Thai culture, history and religion. An English tour of the museum lasts about 2 hours and it is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. It is recommended to see the museum along with these tours, since there are large parts of the museum without information.
Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market is the best choice for enjoying a traditional Thai floating market. All kind of exotic fruits and vegetables can be found here and they are all fresh. To get there, you must rent a boat on the Chang Pier river and asked to be taken to Noi-Khlong Om-Bang Khu Wiang
8.28 million (estimated, 2010)
WHAT TO WEAR
Bangkok has a tropical climate influenced by monsoons. Rainy season is from May to October, cool (!) season begins in November and ends in February, hot season is from March to May. Occasional storms can be throughout the year. Average temperatures stay well above 30C throughout the year. DRESS CODE: light cotton clothing, comfortable shoes, sandals, hat, sunglasses. When visiting temples it is advisable to dress modestly and wear shirts with sleeves. A few temples and palaces (i.e. the Grand Palace) have a dress code: no short sleeves, short pants or skirts as well as tight fitting trousers, or see through dresses. Within the holiest part of temples shoes have to be removed (a pair of thick socks is a good alternative on wet or hot floors). Some classy venues such as restaurants and rooftop bars require a smart casual attire.
Bangkok is a real heaven for shoppers: from the local and week end markets to the gleaming shopping malls you can find virtually whatever you are looking for.
Most shopping malls open at 10 am to 10 pm.
NO SMOKING, PLEASE
In Thailand smoking is forbidden in all temples, public transport, airports (they may have designated smoking areas), train and bus stations, indoor public places including office buildings, hospitals, restaurants, shops.
Tip is discretionary and up to you, of course gratuities for a good service are appreciated.