Discover Bangkok

We are pleased and delighted that our city “Bangkok” has been selected to be a host city for this coming 2012 Rotary International Convention.
Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand for more than two centuries. The name “Bangkok” means “City of Angels” or “Krungthep” in Thai. It is in the central part of the country, on the Chao Phraya River near the Gulf of Thailand.

Bangkok is Thailand’s administrative, economic, and cultural center and a major commercial and transportation center of Southeast Asia. With a population of over eleven million inhabitants, by far it’s also the largest city in Thailand.

The city is very famous among visitors for its versatility and multiple points of interests ranging from marvelous attractions, variety of foods and our way of life. Recently, Bangkok has been voted by Travel+Leisure Magazine as “World’s Best City 2011”.

Bangkok Fact Sheet

Location
Located in the center of the country, straddling the banks of the Chao Phraya River and close to the Gulf of Thailand, The greater Bangkok Metropolis (including Thonburi on the other side of the Chao Phraya River) is adjacent to Pathum Thani on its north, Nonthabri on its northwest, Chachoengsao on its east, Samut Sakhon on its southwest, and Samut Prakan on its southeast.
Area
Bangkok has an area of 1,568.737 sq.km. Certain areas has become more popular than others, largely due to their good location and the things there to do and see such as traditional attractions, shopping highlights or a notoriously famous nightlife scene. Navigating this exciting city has also become much easier, thanks to the Skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) system connecting many areas.
Climate
There are three seasons: rainy (June to October), hot (March to May), and cool (November to February). Annual average temperature is about 29 degree Celsius with monthly averages ranging from 35 degree Celsius in April to 26 degree Celsius in December.
Topography
Bangkok is located in the basin of the Chao Phraya Rier and has no mountains. The land is cris-scrossed by canals and rivers.
Administration
As the capital of the country, Bankok is the centre of administration, commerce and communications. The city is divided into 50 districts (khet)
Language
The standard Thai language is used, while English is a mandatory subject in public schools and is widely spoken and understood in business and tourist areas.
Time Zone GMT + 7 (Same as Vietnam)