Welcome to Bangkok, the Capital of Smiles
Not many cities in the world can match Bangkok for sheer vibrancy. Bangkok is a magnet for a broad range of visitors because of its eclectic attractions, and this buzzing metropolis offers surprises at every turn. Gleaming skyscrapers, glittering temples, colourful street markets, sophisticated shopping malls, a bustling nightlife scene, and an energy that reflects the city's incredible economic growth over the past few years.
Despite this growth, the capital of Thailand remains true to its cultural, historical and spiritual roots – as the city's many 'wats' or Buddhist temples are testament to. Bangkok is a melting pot of races, creeds and cults, as well as food and culture. Indeed, 'Khrungthep', as the Thais call their capital, makes for one heady brew.
Bangkok is a huge and modern city humming with nightlife and fervour. Administratively, it is split up into 50 khet (districts), 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
A tourist compares everything to home!
...a Traveller appreciates the difference!