Bangkok (pop. 8,280,925 in 2010) 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.
Bangkok is a huge metropolitan city with 50 districts; main areas include the central Siam Square, financial district in Silom, scenic Thonburi on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, "Old Bangkok" in Rattankosin, with the famous Grand Palace and Wat Pho, the multicultural district of Yaowarat and Phahura, and the Ramkhamhaeng, known for shopping and amusement parks. With so many different cultural activities and multi-faceted sights, Bangkok is known as one of the world's top tourist destinations and ranked as the most visited city in 2013, according to the Global Destination Cities Index published by MasterCard.
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