Bangkok

The People

Bangkok’s population is about 49 times larger than any other city in Thailand, with many of its inhabitants moving into the city from the countryside during its rapid modernization during the 1980s. The majority of the Bangkok’s inhabitants are ethnic Thai, with a number of migrants from all other parts of the world, most notably China. The massive influx of Chinese immigrants during the 19th and early 20th century resulted in many of Bangkok’s street signs being written in Chinese and even after the stricter immigration laws brought about after World War 2, the Chinese influence in Bangkok can still be seen very clearly up until this very day.

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History

Established as Thailand’s capital in the 18th century, Bangkok has since evolved into a sprawling metropolitan hub.

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Today it’s become one of the most visited cities on earth and usually a starting point for anyone’s holiday in Thailand. Bangkok is a perfect example of Thailand’s older, more traditional ways blended with a modern metropolitan atmosphere making it one of the most interesting places in Thailand to visit!

Exploring the city is relatively easy, yet most travellers tend to focus around the Sukhumvit or Silom areas where modern, trendy developments have left their mark. Nevertheless, it’s easy enough to hop onto a motorbike taxi and get transported to an altogether different Bangkok where you’ll feel you’ve travelled to a different part of the country!

Food & Drink

With regards to food in Bangkok, you won’t be disappointed. With its world famous floating markets and night markets popping up all over the city, you can spend days on end sampling an endless amount of local cuisine and delicacies. If you’re not too keen on street food, there are hundreds if not thousands of sit-down restaurants spread all throughout the city ranging from small roadside eateries to classy fine-dining joints serving up world class Thai & international cuisine. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never go hungry in Bangkok!

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