The capital of Thailand, Bangkok is a dynamic city that combines tradition and modernity. Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, it surprises with its impressive buildings and majestic temples. Royalty and Buddhism have shaped the city's history. Thailand's most famous temples can be found here: Wat Pho, with its impressive recumbent Buddha, Wat Arun decorated with Chinese porcelain, Wat Saket and its golden roofs... The famous Emerald Buddha can be seen at the Grand Palais, whose architecture is spectacular. Young people gather in the bustling neighbourhoods of Sukhumvit and Siam Pratunam, where rooftops offer sublime views of the city. The Siam district is a trendy meeting place for shoppers. Its large shopping malls are popular with Thais and visitors alike. In a more exotic atmosphere, Chinatown immerses travelers in Chinese culture. Bangkok is also known for being a great city of art, and has several outstanding museums, such as Jim Thompson's house, where you can find a unique collection of Asian art. The capital is the ideal place to enjoy Thai specialties, with many street foods. Thailand's largest market, Chatuchak, opens on weekends and offers more than 15,000 stalls. During the week, it is along the banks and canals, where there is a wide choice of restaurants and bars, with the very cosmopolitan khao San Road district. A stay in the capital is also a good opportunity to discover Thai boxing and massage.
What are the "klongs" in Bangkok? The "klongs" are the name given to the canals of the Chao Phraya River.
What is special about the Thai name of Bangkok? The name Bangkok in Thai is considered by the Guinness Book of Records as one of the longest place names in the world. It is known for its diminutive "Krung Thep," which means "city of angels."