Thailand is a country located in Southeast Asia and was formerly known as Siam. Thailand shares a border with Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. It is the 51st largest country by area and the 21st largest in terms of population. The country’s tropical climate and many miles of coastline, makes the country a very popular tourist destination.
What is the capital city of Thailand?
The capital city of Thailand is Bangkok. It is also the largest city in the country with an estimated population of 12 million people, which extends to about 14 million people in the metropolitan area. The city is one of the most important in the region and is also the entry point for most of the tourists that visit the country. After London, it is the 2nd most visited city in the world. The city is located on the Chao Phraya River and much of the city was built around a network of canals, although many have since been filled in. Unfortunately, this means that Bangkok is prone to flooding.
History of Bangkok
The city of Bangkok began as a small town around 1350. The town was part of the Ayutthaya Kingdom and was used as a trading port. The Ayutthaya Kingdom fell to the Burmese in 1767 and the new king established this town as the capital. The city is now known as Bangkok in English and as “Krung Thep Maha Nakhon” in the native language of Thailand. This name is shortened from the official name of the city is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit,” which makes it the longest place name in the world!