Bangkok is the capital and the most populous city in Thailand which covers an area of 1568.7 square kilometers. It is located in the Chao Phraya river delta in central Thailand with a population of about 8 million people. Including the Bangkok metropolitan area, the city's population is more than 14 million, accounting for more than one-fifth of the country's population and surpassing all other urban areas in Thailand.
From a small town in the Ayutthaya kingdom in the 15th century, Bangkok quickly expanded thanks to trade and became the place of the two capitals Thonburi in 1768 and Rattanakosin in 1782. As the capital of Siam, Bangkok has witnessed the rapid modernization of the country and the great political upheavals of Thailand from the 19th century to the present. The city has flourished since the 1960s and today, it plays the leading role in politics, economics, education, and communication in the modern Thailand country. The economic boom of Southeast Asia in the 1980s and 1990s prompted many multinational companies to place their regional headquarters in Bangkok. Bangkok is currently a regional economic and financial hub.
In addition, Bangkok is extremely famous for its rich diversity of unique cuisine, amusement parks, and shopping malls, etc. Tourists can easily find many shopping centers equipped with air-conditioning selling silk, gems, bronze, furniture, and countless handicrafts which are internationally admired. Bangkok is also voted as "friendly tourist city" and always in the top tourist attractions in the world.