The capital city of Thailand called Bangkok is one of the most famous tourist destinations. The roots of Bangkok dated back to the early 15th century, as a village on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Due to its strategic location near the mouth of the river, the importance of the town gradually increased.
Bangkok initially was used as a customs outpost with forts on both sides of the river.
But Bangkok was founded in real terms in 1782 by King Phutthayotfa Chulalok (Rama I) who succeeded King Taksin and moved the capital to the eastern bank's Rattanakosin Island.
The city in its current form was created in 1972 with the formation of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration(BMA).
Bangkok is the world’s hottest city, according to the World Meteorological Organisation. The best time to visit Bangkok is usually between November and February when the city enjoys cooler temperatures and blue skies.
The canal ride on Chao Phraya River, a visit to Grand Palace and sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple is one of the most enjoyed features of Bangkok. Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and Wat Arun Temple are other attractive sites.
The people of Thailand have immense respect for their king. They have the culture of reciting the Thai National Anthem twice every day at 08:00 and 18:00 in public places.
Bangkok has the longest City name in the World. Local people prefer to call Bangkok as Krung Thep which is the shortened version of the actual name which consists of 169 characters, that is, Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahinthara Yutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udom Ratchaniwet Mahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukamprasit. This on translating means - City of angels, the great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, the seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra's behest.
Thai baht coins consist of the pictures of Temples which are all in Bangkok. One can easily trace them and visit in a day.
Bangkok is a very liberal place regarding sexuality and tolerance towards gender identity. Thailand is one of the first countries in the world to introduce a third gender option for transgender men, also known as ladyboys. And there are washrooms separately for all the three categories - male, female and transgender.
Bangkok is well known for its markets and especially the Chatuchak weekend market. It is the world's largest and most diverse markets with an astounding 15,000 stalls divided into 27 sections. Almost every part of Bangkok has a weekly market, notably the night markets at Phra Ram 9 MRT station and JJ greens.
'Thai massage' is one other attractive feature of Thailand. You can find massage parlours spread across the city of Bangkok also, catering to all kinds of budgets and needs. For a luxurious experience, Urban Oasis, Health Land and Body Tune are some of the chains known for their great facilities. The Chinatown in Bangkok is the largest in the world which is home to over a million people of Chinese origin, usually of the second or third generation. They are locally known as Yaowarat. The crisscrossing alleyways and by lanes there turns into a buzzing street food hub at night and a shopping centre during the day.
Red Bull which, is now a world-famous brand, was made in Bangkok by Chaleo Yoovidhya in 1976