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Bangkok: was founded in 1782 by the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty.  It is now the country's spiritual, cultural, diplomatic, commercial and educational hub.  It covers an area of more than 1,500 square kilometres, and it is home to approximatlely ten million people or more than 10% of the country's population.

Over the last few decades, Thailand's capital city, Bangkok, has changed into a modern, exciting and sophisticated city.  It offers to visitors not only the cosmopolitan amenities they would expect from other big cities, but also a unique treasure trove of cultural attractions.  Thailand, in the heart of Southeast Asia, was never colonised and thus kept its unique culture and heritage intact. Bangkok offers visitors the opportunity to experience fascinating glimpse of Thailand's gentle culture amidst the bustle of a great and dynamic metropolis.  This great city has had astounding success in combining the ancient and modern world.

For tourists, Bangkok has a feast of attractions to offer.  The city is dotted with 400 glittering Buddhist temples of great beauty and fascination, magnificent palaces, classical dance extravaganzas, numerous shopping centres and traditional ways of life, especially along the "Venice of the East" timeless canals and the Chao Phraya River of the "River of Kings" winding through the city.  It is worth taking a trip along its waters before exploring further into different canals to take a glimpse of old Bangkok.

Bangkok has 50 districts or khet, which mark the administrative subdivisions under the authority of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. These are further subdivided into 154 khwaeng (ǧ), roughly equivalent to sub-districts tambon in the other provinces.

 

Districts

     
  1. Phra Nakhon
  2. Dusit
  3. Nong Chok
  4. Bang Rak
  5. Bang Khen
  6. Bang Kapi
  7. Pathum Wan
  8. Pom Prap Sattru Phai
  9. Phra Khanong
  10. Min Buri
  11. Lat Krabang
  12. Yan Nawa
  13. Samphanthawong
  14. Phaya Thai
  15. Thon Buri
  16. Bangkok Yai
  17. Huai Khwang

18. Khlong San
19. Taling Chan
20. Bangkok Noi
21. Bang Khun Thian
22. Phasi Charoen
23. Nong Khaem
24. Rat Burana
25. Bang Phlat
26. Din Daeng
27. Bueng Kum
28. Sathon
29. Bang Sue
30. Chatuchak
31. Bang Kho Laem
32. Prawet
33. Khlong Toei
34. Suan Luang

35. Chom Thong
36. Don Mueang
37. Ratchathewi
38. Lat Phrao
39. Watthana
40. Bang Khae
41. Lak Si
42. Sai Mai
43. Khan Na Yao
44. Saphan Sung
45. Wang Thonglang
46. Khlong Sam Wa
47. Bang Na
48. Thawi Watthana
49. Thung Khru
50. Bang Bon

Demographics

The 2005 Statistics report by the BMA Data Center notes a registered population of 5,658,953. However, this figure does not take into account the many unregistered residents. Recently, Bangkok has experienced a large influx of foreign immigrants, long-term residents, and expatriates. Long-term foreign residents include 250,000 mainland Chinese, 85,000 Indians (most of whom are Sikh), of whom more than 80% have dual Thai citizenship, 30,000 Japanese (the largest Japanese population in Asia outside Japan), 25,000 Americans, 45,000 Europeans, 15,000 Taiwanese, 20,000 South Koreans, 6,000 Nigerians, 7,500 Australians, 12,000 people of Arabic speaking countries, 20,000 Malaysians, 4,000 Singaporeans, 5,000 Filipinos, and 800 New Zealanders.[citation needed] A vast majority of the population, 92%, is Buddhist. The rest are Muslim (6%), Christian (1%), Jewish (41 residents), Hindu/Sikh (0.6%), and others.[citation needed] There are some 400 Buddhist temples, 55 mosques, 10 churches, 2 Hindu Temples, 2 synagogues and 1 Sikh gurudwara in Bangkok.[citation needed]

Date Population
1880 255,000
1910 365,000
1 April 1919 437,294
15 July 1929 713,384
23 May 1937 890,453
25 April 1947 1,178,881
25 April 1960 2,136,435
Date Population
1 April 1970 3,077,361
1 April 1980 4,697,071
1 April 1990 5,882,411
1 April 2000 6,320,174
1 January 2005 6,642,566
1 July 2007 8,160,522
1 June 2008 9,865,024


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