International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987

Culture Corner

What's Bangkok Like?

Bangkok is the capital and by far the most populous city of Thailand. Located on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok used to be a small trading post and fishing town in the 15th century; now it has developed into the most dynamic and exciting city in Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, the traditional heritage of Thai Buddhist temples and a sense of rich culture still remain strong.

As the country's political, economical, spiritual and cultural hub, Bangkok is very influential in both the arts and entertainment, which helps to bring tourists and migrants domestically and internationally. Visitors to Bangkok will find not only cosmopolitan amenities and conveniences they would expect from big cities in the west, but also a unique treasure of intact cultural and historical attractions.

Region and Population

Located on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is the capital and largest city in Thailand, with a population of over eleven million inhabitants.


Thailand's climate is largely tropical and characterized by monsoons. The southern region, where Bangkok is located, has only two seasons - rainy season and dry season. The rainfall comes at different times on the east and west sides. The rainy season on the east coast runs from September to December while in the west it runs from April to October.

The average yearly temperatures in Bangkok are generally between 25°C (77°F) and 30°C (86°F).

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