Bangkok was founded in 1782 by the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty. It is now the country’s spiritual, cultural, diplomatic, commercial and educational hub. It covers an area of more than 1,500 square kilometres, and it is home to approximately ten million people or more than 10% of the country’s population. Over the last few decades, Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok, has changed into a modern, exciting and sophisticated city. It offers to visitors not only the cosmopolitan amenities they would expect from other big cities, but also a unique treasure trove of culturalattractions. Thailand, in the heart of Southeast Asia, was never colonised and thus kept itsunique culture and heritage intact. Bangkokoffers visitors the opportunity to experience fascinating glimpses of Thailand’s gentle culture amidst the bustle of the great and dynamicmetropolis. This great city has had astounding success in combining the ancient and modernworld.For tourists, Bangkok has a feast of attractions to offer. The city is dotted with 400 glittering Buddhist temples of great beauty andfascination, magnificent palaces, classicaldance extravaganzas, numerous shoppingcentres and traditional ways of life, especially along the “Venice of the East” timeless canals and the Chao Phraya River or the “River ofKings” that wind through the city. It is worth taking a trip along its waters before exploring further into different canals to take a glimpse of old Bangkok.