Bangkok is capital of Thailand and is the country's most vibrant and cosmopolitan city. Until the late 1700's Bangkok was a small village but is now home to more than 11 million people. Bangkok is found to the centre of the country near the Gulf of Thailand. The city is famed for its numerous temples most notably the Grand Palace which houses the Emerald Buddha. Other popular temples include the beautiful Wat Arun and Wat Pho, where the country's largest reclining Buddha can be seen. Top museums include the National Museum which explores Thai history and Jim Thompson House. Further city highlights include sampling sensational street food and enjoying the lively nightlife or a spot of shopping. Bangkok is sometimes referred to as the 'City of Smiles' thanks to its warm and friendly population.
Bangkok is one of the most tourist friendly cities in the whole of Asia and is well equipped for travellers and holidaymakers. Accommodation varies from traveller hostels around the Kao San Road area to state of the art business hotels in the commercial centre. Silom and Siam Square are home to many mid-range to luxury hotels. It's best to visit Bangkok from November to February, outside of the rainy season although if you can take a bit of rain then you may find good hotel deals in the rainier season.
Most international fights arrive at Suvarnabhumi (BKK) Airport, as well as many domestic flights. More domestic flights can be caught from Don Muang (DMK) Airport and a small amount of international charters arrive here. The most authentic and exciting ways to get around Bangkok are by tuk tuk or river boat although hiring a bike is very popular here too. There is also the Skyline, Metro or extensive bus service to choose from.