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BangkokWikipedia-logo-v2.svg (Thai: กรุงเทพฯ) is the capital) of ThailandWikipedia-logo-v2.svg and, with a population of over eleven million inhabitants, by far its largest city. Its high-rise buildings, heavy traffic congestion, intense heat and naughty nightlife do not immediately give you a warm welcome — but don't let your first impression mislead you. It is one of Asia's(Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg) most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone.

For years, it was only a small trading post at the banks of the Chao Phraya RiverWikipedia-logo-v2.svg, until King Rama IWikipedia-logo-v2.svg, the first monarch of the present Chakri dynastyWikipedia-logo-v2.svg, turned it into the capital of SiamWikipedia-logo-v2.svg in 1782, after the burning of AyutthayaWikipedia-logo-v2.svg by BurmeseWikipedia-logo-v2.svg invaders. Since then, Bangkok has turned into a national treasure house and functions as Thailand's spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic centre.


Bangkok is a huge and modern city humming with nightlife and fervor. Administratively, it is split up into 50 districtsWikipedia-logo-v2.svg (เขต khet), which are further split into 154 subdistricts (แขวง khwaeng)Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg, but these are more often used in official business and for addresses. Visitors will find the conceptual division below of the main areas more useful for getting around.