Founded in 1782 by the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty, Bangkok is home to approximately ten million people. The city is dotted with 400 glittering Buddhist temples, magnificent palaces, classical dance extravaganzas, and numerous shopping centres. Still, traditional ways of life abound, especially along the 'Venice of the East' timeless canals and the Chao Phraya River, also known as the 'River of Kings,' which winds through the city. Bangkok is among the world's most visited cities The historic capital of Thailand offers something for everyone, whether it be market shopping, sightseeing at ancient temples, or experiencing its vibrant nightlife. Whether you want to get out and experience all that Thai culture has to offer or relax in one of Asia's most cosmopolitan destinations, Bangkok will leave you pleased. It also serves as a great starting point for Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia.