Bangkok, official name Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, is the capital of Thailand 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 may not immediately give you the best impression — but don't let that mislead you. It is one of Asia's 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 River, until King Rama I,
the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty, turned it into the capital of Siam in 1782, after the burning of Ayutthaya
by Burmese invaders but they did not take over Ayutthaya. Since then, Bangkok has turned into a national treasure house
and functions as Thailand's spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic centre.
From the moment you arrive, Bangkok is an invigorating assault on the senses. The heat, the noise, and the smells will leave
you reeling if you're not used to the insanity of Asia's mega cities. It certainly is not a destination that many people
will forget in a hurry.
Bangkok is a huge and modern city humming with nightlife and great aromas.
Administratively, it is split up into 50 districts (เขต khet), which are further split into 169 subdistricts (แขวง khwaeng),
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.