Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. Over 14 million people (22.2 percent) live within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region. The city traces its roots to a small trading post during the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 15th century, which eventually grew in size and became the site of two capital cities: Thonburi in 1768 and Rattanakosin in 1782. Bangkok was at the heart of Siam's (as Thailand used to be known) modernization, during the later 19th century, as the country faced pressures from the West. The city was the centre of Thailand's political struggles, throughout the 20th century, as the country abolished absolute monarchy, adopted constitutional rule and underwent numerous coups and several uprisings. The city grew rapidly during the 1960s through the 1980s and now exerts a significant impact among Thailand's politics, economy, education, media and modern society.
The twenty closest neighbours in the database:
Angkor Thom (368 km), Temple of Preah Kahn (369 km), Angkor Wat (369 km), Temple of Ta Prohm (372 km), Temple of Neak Pean (372 km), Temple of Banteay Kdei (373 km), East Mebon Temple (375 km), Temple of Banteay Srei (378 km), Temple of Bakong (382 km), Mekong Delta (744 km), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) (752 km), Hue (Vietnam) (821 km), Temples of My Son (852 km), Hoi An (Vietnam) (878 km), Hanoi (Vietnam) (991 km), Halong Bay (1,069 km), Bangalore (India) (2,473 km), Mysore (India) (2,579 km), Hangzhou (China) (2,730 km), Nanjing (China) (2,757 km)