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Bangkok - Introduction

Introduction to Bangkok

A mother and son elephant on the streets of Bangkok startle a little girl outside a donut shop

Bangkok has dominated Thailand's urban hierarchy as well as its political, commercial and cultural life since the late 18th century. Although you can shop in air-conditioned comfort in its Western-style malls, the city is a long way from being tamed by commercial homogeneity.

Area: 1,569 sq km
Population: 7.6 million
Country: Thailand
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +7 (Bangkok Standard Time)
Telephone Area Code: 02

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