The capital city of Thailand is not called Bangkok at all. The formal and correct name is:

"Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit"...

or in Thai script;

กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุทธยา มหาดิลกภพ นพรัตนราชธานีบุรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์มหาสถาน อมรพิมานอวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยะวิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์

Of course, the world's longest place name is too cumbersome for daily use, so Thai refer to the city as "Krung Thep", for short, while more formal use would be "Krung Thep Maha Nakorn".  Only foreigners call the city Bangkok.

 LISTEN to the Thai pronunciation linked here! 

Bangkok is an exciting and vibrant city of over 12 million people. The greater metropolitan area of Bangkok extends for more than 32 kilometres (20 miles) in all directions. Situated in the central plains of Thailand, on the Chao Phraya River near the Gulf of Thailand, Bangkok is Thailand`s administrative, economic, and cultural centre, as well as a major commercial and transportation hub for South-east Asia.

You need not travel far in Bangkok to find the trappings of modern civilisation give way to historical treasures and traditional culture and heritage.

A rich history, fabulous shopping, colourful night life, sumptuous food and plenty of fun. Although Bangkok, one of the largest cities in the world is crowded, fast paced and rather polluted, you can easily find the traditional and spiritual side at one of the many ancient temples.

One visit to Bangkok is seldom enough. It is a city that will whet the appetite of those with an inquisitive nature and a thirst for adventure. There are unending contrasts around every corner, Bangkok is truly unique.

Despite the traffic congestion, its not hard to get around by using the BTS Skytrain, the MRT Metro (subway, or underground), the Chao Phrya Express Boats (river buses), and the ubiquitous colourful taxis. Check the Bangkok forum FAQs for more details.



Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport serves as a domestic hub and international gateway to virtually all the countries of the world.

Further Information on Bangkok Culture linked here

Further Information on Bangkok History linked here