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City Bangkok – The Angel Capital City of Thailand

Bangkok is the political, cultural and industrial capital of Thailand located on the banks of Chao Phraya River. One of the biggest cosmopolitan cities of Thailand, Bangkok is a port city too. The first two syllables ‘Krung Thep’ of the native name of Bangkok mean the ‘City of Angels’ and is recorded in Guinness Book as the world’s longest name of a place. Whereas Thais’ consider Bangkok as a seat of spirituality; the tourists visiting Thailand, get attracted to the city, for its lively markets and ancient Buddha temples.

Accommodation Options
Bangkok city has hundreds of two, three, four, five star hotels, luxurious resort hotels and boutique hotels which not only offer comfortable accommodation but also independent shopping, commercial and entertainment areas. The Khao San Road and the Banglamphu district provides the travelers, budget accommodation; in budget hotels, guesthouses, bed & breakfast and hostels.

History
Before its upsurge as a political capital in 1782; Bangkok was a province made of several city-states. It was the King Rama I who made the Bangkok city quite famous all over the world. In 1767, the city was annexed by the Burmese Empire and named as ‘Thonburi’ by King Taksin. King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke defeated King Taksin in 1782 and renamed the city as Bangkok. The city of Bangkok became the political capital of Thailand on April 21, 1782.

Popular Places
Buddhist temples, water canals, zoos, national parks, floating markets and museums are the major tourist attractions in Bangkok. The monk city has Wat Po having the largest idol of reclining Buddha, Wat Traimit having the intact gold Buddha, Wat Arun, Red Cross Snake Farm, Jim Thompson’s House, National Museum and Chatuchak weekend market. A huge canal network in Chao Phraya River gives an opportunity for unending exploration in Thon Buri area through an express boat.

Getting Around
A number of convenient modes of transport are available in Bangkok like taxis, buses, cars, sky train and river taxis. Hiring a long tail boat is the best way to commute through waterways. Tuk Tuk is the standard 3-wheeler vehicle similar to an auto, which is the most popular mode of local transport in Bangkok. The travelers can take along with them, a tourist guide, who is well acquainted with the city.

Places of Entertainment
Bangkok is ideal for eating freaks as one can find eating places everywhere from streets, markets, malls, restaurants, stalls to food carts. Seafood restaurants and open-air restaurants at Banglamphu, Si Lom Street, China Town or Sukhumivit are the favorite hangouts for the tourists here.

The shopping places worth a visit include Chatuchak Park weekend market, Suan Lum night bazaar, Woeng Nakhon Kasem aka ‘Thieves Market’, China Town market, Phahurat market and Siam Square. One can purchase Thai Silk items, pottery, silver-ware, lacquer-ware, bronze-ware, pewter-ware, ceramics, leather goods, woodcarvings, gem and pearl jewelry from any of these markets.

Nocturnal freaks can enjoy the vivid nightlife in bars, discos, pubs, music clubs, karaoke places, restaurants and night clubs; mainly on Khao San Road, Ratchadaphisek Road, Royal City Avenue and Thong Lo.

Language(s) Spoken
The main language of Bangkok is Thai language which is divided according to the provinces of Thailand as Central Thai, Southern Thai, North Eastern Thai and Northern Thai. The difference in the standard Thai and Bangkok Thai is that; Bangkokians skip the pronunciation of "r" in words.

Currency
The principal currency of Bangkok is Thai Baht. Tourists can visit the currency exchange offices or ask the hotel staff for currency exchange services. They can also read internet news or news paper to gather information regarding currency exchange rates.

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