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Bangkok is the capital and with 10,283,615 registered inhabitants (2018) also the largest city of Thailand. The population of the entire Bangkok conurbation, which extends beyond the boundaries of the Special Administrative Region, is estimated to be around 21 million. The city is located on the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River, close to the Gulf of Thailand.
Bangkok started as a small trading center and as a port for Ayutthaya, the then capital of the country. In 1767, this city was conquered by the Burmese army and completely burned down. General Phraya Tak had to withdraw from Ayutthaya with his army, but he eventually managed to drive the Burmese out of central Thailand. After the king died, Phraya Tak crowned himself king (King Taksin) and in 1768 founded a new capital in Thonburi province on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple Wat Arun was located within the then palace walls.
Bangkok is located in the Chao Phraya River Delta. This river flows into the Gulf of Thailand about 25 kilometers south of the city. The city is located in a flat area, about 1.5 meters above sea level. Most of the area was formerly wetland. Little by little, from the 16th century onwards, the swampy soil was made suitable for agriculture and construction. To this end, many canals (khlongs) were constructed for drainage.
Tourism is an important source of income for Bangkok. The city ranks 4th (after New York, London and Paris) in foreign tourism revenues, with visitors to the city spending more than $14 billion in 2013. Bangkok attracts a diverse tourist crowd, as evidenced by the range ranging from luxury hotels to budget accommodation around Khao San Road. Popular attractions include the many cultural and historical attractions such as palaces, temples and museums, as well as a dynamic nightlife.
Bangkok has many shopping facilities and is therefore touted as a shopping destination abroad by the Tourist Authority of Thailand. The range of shops and markets is large. From small specialized shops to large luxury department stores and shopping centers such as Central World, MBK Center and Siam Center. The city's most famous market is the Chatuchak Market, which is the largest market in the world.