"Two days in Bangkok!" Bangkok by Travel2write

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Bangkok, population 8,538,610 (1990), is the capital and largest city of Thailand. The city is located on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River, near the Gulf of Thailand. Bangkok is one of the fastest-growing, most economically dynamic and socially progressive cities in Southeast Asia. Local people like to think that it is emerging as a regional centre to rival Singapore and Hong Kong, but it suffers from major infrastructure and social problems as a result of its rapid growth. It is also one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.

An elaborate network of canals (khlong) gave the city the nickname "Venice of the East", at a time when all transportation was done by boat. Today almost all are filled in and converted into traffic-filled streets. However, many do still exist, with people living along them, and markets being conducted there as well.

Several elevated highways, and a partially-finished ring road around Greater Bangkok, have been built to overcome the jams.

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  • Pros:Great shopping!
  • Cons:Traffis, Smog!
  • In a nutshell:Still more to see!
  • Last visit to Bangkok: Apr 2005
  • Intro Updated Jan 5, 2006
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