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Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and the most populous city in the country. 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 km) from the Gulf of Thailand.
Bangkok, Thailand has a well-developed infrastructure, a free-enterprise economy, generally pro-investment policies, and strong export industries. Bangkok is the economic centre of Thailand, and the heart of the country’s investment and development. The list of companies doing business in Thailand include PBAir (Aviation), Phuket Air (Aviation), PTT (Petroleum Operations), Red Bull (Energy Drink), SF Cinema City (Entertainment), and Shin Corporation (Conglomerate, holding company which includes Shin Satellite (Telecommunications). You can find many types of office space available in Bangkok, including options found in low and high rise buildings.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Sightseeing in the area should include some of Bangkok’s well-known sights, such as the Grand Palace and major Buddhist temples, including Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun, to name a few. The Giant Swing and Erawan Shrine demonstrate Hinduism’s deep-rooted influence in Thai culture. Thai food is traditionally fairly hot and spicy, but many tourist restaurants tend to tone down the heat. Thai food is typically prepared with fresh ingredients such as lemon grass and coriander. Rice is commonly eaten with most meals. Popular fruits used in Thai food include papaya, jackfruit, mangosteens, rambutans, pomelos (similar to grapefruits) and, above all, durians, which farangs (foreigners) either love or hate. Excellent food can be found at the stalls of the many street vendors around the country as well as in top-notch eateries. There are also many Asian and European restaurants throughout the major cities and smaller towns. Thai food specialties include Tom yam (a coconut-milk soup prepared with makroot leaves, ginger, lemon grass, prawns or chicken), Gang pet (hot ’red’ curry with coconut milk, herbs, garlic, chilli, shrimp paste, coriander and seasoning), Pad Thai (stir-fried rice-noodles) served with shrimp or chicken and garnished with peanuts, and desserts include salim (sweet noodles in coconut milk). One of the favourites is sticky rice and mangoes (rice cooked in coconut milk served with slices of mango).
The nearest major airport is Don Mueang International Airport. This airport has domestic flights and is 29 km (18 miles) from the centre of Bangkok, Thailand. Another major airport is Suvarnabhumi International Airport, which has international and domestic flights. Bangkok’s thousands of brightly coloured taxis are some of the best value cabs on earth. Most are new, air-conditioned and have working seatbelts in the front seat, though less often in the back. The city can also be navigated using either the BTS or MRT rapid mass transit systems.