Thailand's Capital City

Which city is the capital of Thailand?

And the answer: Bangkok.    

Thailand's capital city of Bangkok is located on the Chao Phraya River, about 40 kilometers from the Gulf of Thailand. The city has more than 300 temples called "wats," including the sacred Buddhist temple known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located within the grounds of the Grand Palace. Photo:

Bangkok is a city of wonders. Residents of Bangkok refer to the capital city as Krung Thep, yet the name is a shortened version of its actual title. Ready for it? Bangkok's Thai name is actually:

Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahinthara Yutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udom Ratchaniwet Mahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukamprasit

This roughly translates to "City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the 9 gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra's behest." Sold yet?


Bangkok is one of the world's warmest cities. The average temperature throughout the year clocks in at around 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius), and a sticky 93 degrees  (34 degrees Celsius) in summer months. However, this warm temperature is justified by the gorgeous, historical architecture alongside the modern skyline, floating markets and palaces aplenty. In fact, Thailand's Grand Palace is located in Bangkok – once a home of the Thai King, the palace is a stunning site of history and culture. Ancient designs and diverse arrays of Buddhist sculptures and temples flow through the vicinity to create a space of sacred peace.

Khao San Road. Photo: New York Magazine (Holger Mette/Getty Images)

Nightlife also flourishes in the city. Khao San Road graciously hosts any tourist, resident or fun-seeker looking for a night out on the town. When the sun sets, mobile bars pop up along the street serving cocktails of any variety, while music and dancing invigorates the crowds.

Learn more about Thailand's capital city here.

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