Bangkok

Bangkok became the capital of Thailand in 1782, when the royal court relocated from the city of Ayutthaya, which had been left in ruins following years of conflict with the Burmese. Read more

Chatuchak weekend market is a heaven for shoppers, especially if they are ready to bargain! The plant market is held every Wednesday and Thursday, while on the weekend, Chatuchak becomes the biggest market in Thailand when over 8,000 vendors from all over the country converging in a single area. Read more

Wat Pho is situated behind the Grand Palace, near the Tha Tien Pier. It is a large temple that was originally called Wat Photharam and was built during the Ayutthaya Period. King Rama I ordered its complete restoration in 1789 and installed many Buddha images that were removed from abandoned temples in other parts of the country. Read more

Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is the official name of Wat Phra Kaew, the royal monastery situated on the northeastern/ northwestern corner of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Read more

The Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun is name after the Indian god of dawn, Aruna. It is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. King Taksin chose this 17th century Wat for his royal temple and palace. The temple was formerly known as Wat Makok and renamed to Wat Jaeng, literally means Temple of Dawn, when he restored it. Read more

The first permanent residence in Dusit Garden was Vimanmek Mansion, built in 1900 by royal command of King Rama V. Read more

Formerly this area was gardens and fields called Phayathai Field. King Rama V ordered a new residence to be built here for both relaxation and conducting agricultural experiments. Read more

On the site of what was once a cabbage field (suan pakkad), Maj. Gen. HRH Prince Chumbhotpong Paripatra of Nagor Svarga and his consort, MR Pantip, built this palace as a weekend resort. At the conclusion of World War II, they moved to reside in this palace permanently. Read more

At the heart of Bangkok, you can pay respects to the City Pillar Shrine and ask for good fortune and glory. Read more

The Democracy Monument in Bangkok was built in 1940 to commemorate the establishment a constitutional monarchy in 1932. Read more

Bangkok's Chinatown is located on Yaowarat Road in the Samphantawong district. Read more

Museum Siam is housed in the former building of the Ministry of Commerce in Tha Tien district, and after a complete transformation it now a modern museum. Read more

Founded at the home centre of Rattanakosin Island, this is one of Thailand’s six most important temples. King Rama I wished to make it the central temple of Bangkok and construction began in 1807. Read more

The sathorn shop at Baan Had Siew is where the woven textile of Thai Puan is sold. The back of the shop also has a textile museum where some of the exhibits are more than a hundred years old. Read more

If you are a Bangkokian seeking a place not too far away to relax for the weekend, one special attraction that comes highly recommended is the hall of butterflies and insects. Read more

Yaowarat is one of the most crowded and vibrant landmarks of Bangkok, especially at Chinese New Year when many Thai-Chinese Bangkokians come here to shop. Read more

In the past, this small road was the busiest and biggest rice-trading area in the period of King Rama VI. Today, however, Khaosarn Road is world famous and a destination to the whole lot of foreigners who want to taste the alluring nightlife experience of Bangkok. Read more

Bangkok

Bangkok became the capital of Thailand in 1782, when the royal court relocated from the city of Ayutthaya, which had been left in ruins following years of conflict with the Burmese. After settling temporarily on the western banks of the Chao Phraya River in Thonburi, the capital moved again, this time to the area of Rattanakosin in present-day Bangkok. Almost entirely surrounded by water, the new location was easier to defend against potential attacks. The final move marked the beginning of the Chakri Dynastry. Rama I named the new capital Krung Thep (City of Angels) in reference to the past glories of Ayutthaya, and he ordered the construction of two of the Kingdom’s most illustrious religious monuments, Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace, to consolidate the new capital’s ruling status.

During the subsequent reigns of King Monkut (Rama IV) and his son King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), the city developed rapidly, culminating in the modernisation and explosive growth of the 20th century. After visiting some European capitals, Rama V moved the royal family to the leafy enclave of Dusit. The modern architectural monuments built in this neighborhood include the Thai Parliament Building, the impressive marble Wat Benchama Bophit and the enormous teak Vimanmek Mansion.

Greater Bangkok now covers an area of 7,761.50 km² and is home to some 12 million residents. Ratanakosin remains the spiritual center of the city, graced by the dazzling splendor of the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and nearby Wat Pho.

Modern downtown Bangkok stretches southeast of Ratanakosin and looks very much like many other Southeast Asian capitals, with gleaming skyscrapers, deluxe apartment projects and lots of snarled traffic. The core of the new city encompasses the Sathorn and Silom districts and Sukhumvit Road, which includes upmarket shopping plazas and leafy public parks. These major downtown neighborhoods are connected by the BTS Skytrain and the MRT subway systems. These gradually expanding public transportation networks, with their bright, snaking trains carrying excited tourists and weary commuters alike, have not only helped relieve the city’s notorious traffic congestion and pollution, but given this City of Angels a modern, 21st century feel.

Thai rarely call their capital ‘Bangkok’ but instead refer to it as ‘Krung Thep’ (City of Angels), an abbreviated version of the full ceremonial and official name. This can be translated as ‘The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (of Ayutthaya) of God Intra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.’ It is no surprise that the Guinness Book of Records registered it as the world’s longest name for a capital.