Bangkok is the largest city and the capital of Thailand, with a population of 8,500,000 people. This great city is among the most popular holyday destinations in the world, and in recent years has become a great economic center, that is competing with Singapore and Hong Kong. Even though it is known as Krung Thep, this city has one of the most longest names in whole the world: กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยามหาดิลก ภพนพรัตน์ ราชธานีบุรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์ มหาสถาน อมรพิมาน อวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยะ วิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์ or Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit (in English).
Most of the people of Thailand don’t know the English language, however the inhabitants of Bangkok and the other big cities can understand a bit of English (the basics) but the further you move away from the big cities, the smaller are the chances to meet someone who can speak English. However remember, a small translation book is invaluable.
In order to pass the border in Thailand you will need your passport and your ID card.
A little money-talk. The currency used in Thailand is the Baht (฿). If you want to change your money in the country, you should use the exchange offices near the border because the exchange rate is a bit smaller.
If you want to move around fast and cheap, you should use a Tuk Tuk, a rickshaw that is named after the sound of their engine. They are often faster than the normal taxies because they can move around easier in and out of traffic. Three people can fit into one fairly comfortable, without any luggage.
However, make sure that you bargain the price before getting in a Tuk Tuk. If you make the mistake of asking the price after the ride, it’s likely that the driver will charge you a ridiculous sum that will obviously lead to an unpleasant situation.
The Thai food is well known for its balance of four taste senses: sweet, sour, salty and sometimes bitter. The Thai dishes are consisted out of fresh herbs and spices. The common herbs include lemongrass, Thai basils, mint and cilantro. The most famous dish is the rice noodles. But if believe that you are a brave individual, you should try the dishes made out of insects.
Thailand has a Tropical wet and savanna climate, which means that the average temperature varies from an annual high of 38°C to an annual low 19°C. So if you plan your holidays there, you should be prepared for some hot days.
Bangkok began as a small trading center but it has evolved into one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. Here is a top 10 attractions in Bangkok:
- Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw
- Floating Market
- Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)
- Wat Pho
- Chao Phraya River & Waterways
- Chatuchak Weekend Market
- Khao San Road
- Soi Cowboy
10. Jim Thompson’s House
Fortunately Bangkok isn’t one of the most expensive cities in the world, so you don’t have to worry about a creating a big hole in your budget (unless you’re a big spender).
Now about the religion: the recent studies show that 94.6% of Thais are Buddhists. The second most practiced religion is Islam with 4,6% of the population as followers.
In conclusion, because Bangkok is rich in both culture and religion, being also a very modern city at the same time, this city should be on the top of your list.