Thursday, 23 May 2013

Shop till you drop in Bangkok


Located on the Central Plain of Thailand, Bangkok presents a larger than life atmosphere where the modern West meets the traditional East. It presents a multi dimensional setting with modern offices and hotels laid next to ruined buildings and exotic temples with beautiful gardens.

Bangkok was declared Thailand's capital city in 1782. Since then it has grown to become the largest city of Thailand with a cosmopolitan appeal and a population of over 11 million.Bangkok has a distinct population of monks who live in stilt houses by the river and make their living by begging alms.

The country subscribed to constitutional monarchy in 1932 that has often been met with protests in the form of overthrowing and replacement of the Prime Minister as well as anti-government demonstrations. However, monarchy is regarded with great reverence in Bangkok and insulting the royal family is a punishable offence.

Bangkok was a small trading post by the Chao Phraya river till its ruler, King Rama I, made it the capital of Siam in 1782 and converted it into a national treasure serving as the educational, cultural, political, spiritual, commercial and diplomatic centre.

Magnificent Buddhist temples, busy markets, canals and a vibrant nightlife make Bangkok a great tourist destination.Bangkok is full of busy streets and equally busy waterways. Water traffic may be found on the Chao Phraya River with long-tailed boats, river taxis and small rowing boats all smoothly cutting their ways across the river.

Being a tropical country, the best time to visit Bangkok is between November and March when the weather is dry as heavy downpours during the rainy season might often lead to high humidity and flood. The climate in general is hot throughout the year.