||Thailand is a country located in the centre of mainland
Southeast Asia. Its area of 198,115 square miles
(513,115 square kilometres) consists of two broad
geographic areas: a larger section in the north and a
smaller peninsular section in the south. The main body
of the country is surrounded by Myanmar (Burma) to the
west, Laos to the north and east, Cambodia to the
southeast, and the Gulf of Thailand (Gulf of Siam) to
the south. Peninsular Thailand stretches southward from
the southwestern corner down the Malay Peninsula;
Myanmar extends along the western portion of the
peninsula as far as the Isthmus of Kra, after which
Thailand occupies the entire peninsula until reaching
its southern border with Malaysia at roughly latitude
6?? Bangkok, Thailand's capital and chief port, is in
the main portion at the head of the Gulf of Thailand.
The country was officially called Siam until 1939 and
again briefly in 1945-48. The several ethnic and
religious groups represented among Thailand's people are
characteristic of the cultural diversity that for
centuries has spread southward from China and eastward
from India. Indeed, the name "Thai" to
describe the country's people came into use only in the
Here we present a map of Thailand and a map of Bangkok,
capital of Thailand, for your easy reference. Click each
map to see a larger, more detailed version. The map
below shows the central part of Bangkok. Metropolitan
Bangkok consists of a very large area and cannot be
covered by a single map.
|Bangkok is the capital and chief port of Thailand. It is the
only cosmopolitan city in a country of small towns and villages
and is Thailand's cultural and commercial centre. Bangkok
is located on the delta of the Chao Phraya River, about 25
miles (40 kilometres) from the Gulf of Thailand. It was formerly
divided into two municipalities--Krung Thep on the east bank
and Thon Buri on the west--connected by several bridges. In
1971 the two were united as a city-province with a single
municipal government. In 1972 the city and the two surrounding
provinces were merged into one province, called Krung Thep
Maha Nakhon (Bangkok Metropolis). Today, Bangkok Metropolis
has a total area of 604 square miles (1,565 square kilometres).
It is a bustling, crowded city, with temples, factories, shops,
and homes juxtaposed along its roads and canals.
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|The Grand Palace in Bangkok, where the former Royal Family
used to live many years ago. Beside the Grand Palace is the
Emerald Buddha Temple, one of the most famous Buddhist temples
in Asia. This is a "must see" site for all Thai citizens as
well as visitors from abroad. Come visit us this year to experience
and enjoy the one and only Amazing Thailand for yourself.
You will not be disappointed.
view of the city of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. The
city is one of the most cosmopolitan in Asia, with a modern
skyline and a population which sometimes exceeds 10 million
if transients and visitors are included.
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