was established as Thailand’s capital in 1782. Over the next two
centuries, it developed in many ways reflecting the modern dynamism;
however, its ancient glories were well maintained, especially in the old
areas around the Grand Palace. Today, Bangkok has become the principal
gateway and prime tourist attraction for both domestic and international
Bangkok occupies a total area of 1,568 square kilometres on a flat
alluvial plain divided by the Chao Phraya River. Composed of about 50
districts (Khets), it is home to one-tenth of the country’s population.
Thon Buri, a former capital, is now a district under the administration of
the Bangkok Metropolis.