Bangkok, the city once known as Siam, is the capital city of Thailand. Siam was declared the capital city in 1782, after Ayutthaya (the former capital of Thailand) was burned down. Over the years, Bangkok has grown into a big city, expanding over more than 1,500 square kilometers.
Bangkok is the largest and most dense city in Thailand. The population stands around 9 million. It is the only metropolis in Thailand and naturally is a major shopping center. It is also vastly different from the calm, beautiful, usually well-kept islands in the archipelago of Thailand. The old city is studded with temples and traditional Thai architecture that was built over hundreds of years, the most popular tourist spot probably being the royal Grand Palace.
The important business areas in Bangkok are: Silom, Bangrak, Pinklao, Sathon, Phra Ram 2, Phetchaburi, Phra Nakhon, Pathumwan, Chatuchak, and Phra Ram 3. Various areas of the city have been designated for green preservation; different associations are responsible for taking care of the preservation of these green areas. The vast differences between the forest and greenery preservations in the city and the massively developed areas make Bangkok a city for both business and pleasure. The smell of the roads versus the incredible beauty of the many temples portrays something of a physical cognitive dissonance: intimidating and intriguing simultaneously.
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