Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is a large cosmopolitan with high-rise buildings, busy road ways, magnificent temples, grand palaces, authentic canals, busy markets, zoo, museums and a vibrant bustling nightlife. Once a small trading post it turned into the capital Thailand in 1782 and gradually transformed into a spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic centre.
Bangkok offers many tourist attractions to explore. The Rattanakosin Island, also known as the "Old City" boasts Bangkok’s best known tourist attractions notably the Grand Palace, Wat Pho (home to the world's largest reclining Buddha image), Wat Arun (A picturesque temple) and Wat Phra Kaew (most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand). Historical and cultural museums including the National Museum of Thailand is located in this area.
Dusit is the main administrative center of Thailand. It has been built in European style and layed out with breezy palaces, lush gardens and broad avenues. Dusit Palace is a notable tourist site.
Siam Square is Bangkok's modern commercial core with prime shopping centers and hotels. Jim Thompson, an ex CIA-operative turned into entrepreuner and designer, helped revive the Thai Silk Industry. His mansion has now turned into a tourist attraction and conveniently located near Siam Square. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and the Siam Ocean World (the largest aquarium in South East Asia), is located in the vicinity.
Silom district boasts the largest park in central Bangkok, the Lumphini Park and Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, a famous institute specialised in venomous snake husbandry and snake venom research along with a snake farm.
Bangkok Safari World, an integrated safari and marine park is located on Ramkhamhaeng Road along with vast residential area with big shopping malls. Other notable Bangkok tourist places include Sukhumvit Road, filled with quality hotels, restaurants and nightclubs. Thonburi, the quieter west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The large garment market with hundreds of fashion stores of Pratunam. The bargain joints of Phahonyothin road and The Chatuchak Weekend Market with more than 8,000 stalls selling anything imaginable.