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Bangkok is the capital, by far the largest city of Thailand. The city’s high-rise building and rapid growth of financial status make Bangkok itself be one of the fastest economic developments in Southeast Asia. It is also voted as Asia’s century most magnificent travel spot with beautiful architectural works, hospitable locals, enriched cuisine and a lifestyle that always has something for everyone.
Bangkok was just a small village on the west side of Chao Phraya River from being under the rules of Ayutthaya dated back to the early fifteenth century. In 1767, after the fall of Ayutthaya to the Burmese Kingdom, the newly declared King Taksin established his capital at the village under the name of Krung Thep, Thonburi District. The capitol was then moved to the eastern bank in 1782, which is the accepted year and location of founding the present city, by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke.
Bangkok’s official language is Thai. English is widely spoken in tourist places.
Bangkok uses Baht (THB) as its currency: Baht (THB). ATMs are spread over the city and major credit cards are widely accepted.
Bangkok's time zone is UTC+7 (same time zone with Vietnam).
Bangkok has Buddhism as majority religion. Muslims and others account for negligibility.
Bangkok is the tropical monsoon climate city. The weather varies greatly from month to month. The best time to book flight tickets to Bangkok for travel is between early February to May, when it is considered cooler but drier than other times of the year. Rainy season falls into August, September and October, sometimes there is also flood. The biggest water festive Songkran (also preferred as traditional Thai New Year) falls into April.
Bangkok boasts over 50.000 stunning places to dine, with not only Thai restaurants but also international cuisine. Ones of the particular Bangkok dishes you can try are Pad Thai, Satay, Tom Yam Kung, Khao Man Kai, Khao Pad, Tom Yum Goong, Khao Niew, Kai Yang, Massaman Curry and many more. All can be found easily in hi-end restaurants and on the streets.
Bangkok is considered as one of the easiest place to see in Asia. The top three popular sights are always Royal Palace, the biggest Temple of Buddha Wat Pho and Wat Arun. Besides that, there are still plenty of well-established tourist attractions such as Dream World, Dusit Palace, Golden Mount, the Old City, Siam Square, Jim Thompson’s House, National Museum, National Gallery, Queen’s Gallery, Lumphini Park, Siam Ocean World, and different wild zoos and animal farms.
Bangkok is one of the most ideal places for shoppers in the entire Asia. Siam Paragon caters for world’s biggest designers such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, and so on. Meanwhile, if you are looking for lower products of price, MBK Center, Siam Center, and Emporium are all well-known for smaller boutique designers. Sukhumvit, Khao San Road’s roadside, night markets in Silom, or Rattanakosin, and Banglamphu Market offer street-style shopping, Bangkok souvenirs and other tacky tourist junks. And remember, the Chatuchak Weekend Market in Phahonyothin held every Saturday is a must.
Bangkok welcomes millions of visitors from around the world to Suvernabhumni International Airport, one of the world’s largest airports each year. There are a lot of great airlines that sell flight tickets to Bangkok from Vietnam including Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Garuda, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Qantas Airways.