Bangkok, or Krungthep as the locals call it, is the capital of Thailand. A huge metropolis that extends either side of the Chao Phraya river and attracts over 10 million inhabitants. It is a thriving, modern city and with the new Souvannaphoum airport, it acts as a major transportation hub in South East Asia. Anyone visiting Thailand, is likely to start their journey in Bangkok. Amid the sprawling expressways, clogged with traffic, there are some charming locations to be found, from the Royal Palace to near hidden temples and pagodas. Bangkok is a great place for shopping, with the popular malls at Siam Square, electronics markets at Pantip and the upmarket boutiques like Emporium. And of course, there is nightlife - when it gets dark, Bangkok has as much to offer as any capital city.