Bangkok is the capital and biggest city in Thailand, it is located along the Chao Phraya river, close to the Gulf of Thailand. Founded in 1782 it is also known with the name of Krungthep (Angels' City).
Nowadays, it is a metropolis with over 6 million inhabitants. It is one of the most favorite destinations worldwide; in the latest years, it has developed its industrial economy and it is now become an economical dynamic city in the south-east of Asia. It should be visited to understand the countless aspects of the East, thanks to its mix of traditions and modernity.
It is possible to note the difference between the craving city with its ultra-modern skyscrapers and the big department stores on one hand. On the other hand, tourists are attracted by the serenity of the temples - called Wat in Thai - that design the city.
A worth-seeing stop is the Grand Palace area, where the Wat Phra Kaew is set, that is the temple dedicated to Buddha Smeraldo connected with the residential buildings of the Thailand's Royal Family. It's a top destination for several tourists and pilgrims. Another place of worship is the Wat Pho, the oldest monastery in Bangkok, where you can find the temple dedicated to the reclining Buddha, with its massive 46m long and 15m high statue. Also the Wat Traimit, the temple dedicated to the Golden Buddha, is extremely important.
Chinatown is definitely an unmissable spot to find many low-cost shops. Shopping is another reason to visit Bangkok, because of its modern department stores and local markets.