Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and with over 8 million inhabitants its largest city. The city is also known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon , Th-Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or Krung Thep in short. Originally a small trading post at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River, it became the capital of Thailand in 1768 following the sacking and burning of Ayutthaya, Thailand's former capital. In the following 200 years Bangkok evolved as the political, social and economic centre not only of Thailand but also for much of Indochina. Greater Bangkok today has close to 15 million inhabitants and is the major industrial and business centre of Thailand. Bangkok attracts a large number of tourists every year and is a major regional travel hub. Thailand is a very centralised country, with the bulk of infrastructure and commercial and business activity located in and around the capital. As a consequence Bangkok is a huge town with a chaotic traffic. The situation has improved recently with the Skytrain - an elevated monorail which has vastly shortened the time it takes to move around the city.

Grand Palace photo gallery  - 24 pictures of Grand Palace
Wat Benchamabophit photo gallery  - 15 pictures of Wat Benchamabophit
Wat Po photo gallery  - 13 pictures of Wat Po
Wat Intharawihan photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Wat Intharawihan
24 photos of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the major tourist attraction of Bangkok
15 photos of the beautiful Wat Benchamabophit marble temple in Bangkok
13 photos of Wat Po, a major temple in Bangkok known to the Thais as Wat Phra Chetupon
10 photos of Wat Intharawihan, a Buddhist temple in the Nakhon district of Bangkok with a giant 32m Buddha statue
Wat Arun photo gallery  - 12 pictures of Wat Arun
Wat Saket photo gallery  - 8 pictures of Wat Saket
Skylines photo gallery  - 13 pictures of Skylines
Parks photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Parks
12 photos of Wat Arun, a Buddhist temple in the Yai district of Bangkok known for its central spire
8 photos of Wat Saket, a Buddhist temple in the Pom Prap Sattru Phai district of Bangkok
13 photos of skylines in Bangkok
10 photos of the Queen Sirikit and Lumphini parks in Bangkok
People photo gallery  - 21 pictures of People
Streets photo gallery  - 9 pictures of Streets
Miscellaneous photos photo gallery  - 15 pictures of Miscellaneous photos
Suvarnabhumi airport photo gallery  - 8 pictures of Suvarnabhumi airport
21 photos of people in Bangkok
9 photos of streets and traffic in Bangkok
15 miscellaneous photos of Bangkok
8 photos of Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok's international airport which opened in September 2006
Thai food photo gallery  - 35 pictures of Thai food
Flowers photo gallery  - 16 pictures of Flowers
Malls and markets photo gallery  - 21 pictures of Malls and markets
35 photos of Thai food offered in the streets in Bangkok
16 photos of flowers and garlands on sale in local markets in Bangkok
21 photos of shopping malls and markets in Bangkok
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