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Bangkok City Overview

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A wonderful tourist treasure and a treat for shopaholics, Bangkok is the capital and the largest urban area of Thailand. The city has a wealth of cultural attractions and landmarks that attract several tourists every year. Travelers can find several charming sights, colorful Thai markets and also a number of serene retreats where they can spend some memorable time. High-rise buildings, beautiful architecture and lots of shopping are what describe Bangkok the best.

A vibrant metropolis, Bangkok sees a prominent presence of Muslims and there are over 190 Massajid in the city. Muslims have lived in the city for several generations and the population is mainly centered along the canals. The Bangkok Mosque is the main Masjid of the city. The Jummah Salaath is prayed around 1:00P.M and there is a prayer hall for women too in the Masjid. The sermon is delivered in Thai.

Visitors can find a number of Halal restaurants in Bangkok around the Darool Aman Mosque, Pratunam Market, Sukhumvit Soi 3 and Al-Huda Mosque. Relish Halal cuisines from all around the world at these restaurants and also authentic Thai cuisine. Most of these restaurants display a Halal certification, however travelers are advised to confirm before dining.

The Grand Palace is among the top attractions of Bangkok, and is an excellent example of new-Baroque architecture. Another exotic landmark is the Wat Arun, along the river. The National Museum houses traditional Thai art from over hundred years; the museum is open Wed. to Sun. 09:00 to 16:00.

The Vimanmek Teak Mansion and Dusit Throne Hall is located in the Dusit Palace and is the largest teak construction in the world. The Jim Thompson House, Museum of Siam, Ban Kamthieng, M.R. Kukrit's Heritage Home, King Prajadhipok Museum, Suan Pakkad Palace and the Royal Barges Museum are other important attractions. Art appreciators can visit National Gallery, The Queen's Gallery and Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

A trip to Bangkok would be incomplete if visitors do not cruise along the waterways in Bangkok. The Thon Buri canals is from where travelers can enjoy some stunning scenes of most of the attractions.

The Lumpini Park is the largest park of the city. Other nature attractions include the Santichaiprakarn Park, Dusit Zoo, Safari World, Queen Saovabha Snake Farm and Siam Ocean World. Sightseeing can also be enjoyed along the Chao Phraya River and visitors can also opt to take a bicycle tour of the city.

Bangkok is a shopper's paradise; there are several shopping areas all around the city. The Siam Square is the best place to shop. There are a number of malls located in Siam Square including Siam Center, Siam Paragon and MBK Center.

There are also excellent shopping areas around Sukhumvit, Khao San Road, Phahonyothin and Yaowarat and Pahurat. Phahonyothin has the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Bangkok is well known for its outlandish nightlife and hence halal conscious travelers are advised to stay away from the Red Light districts and the Khao San Road during nights.

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Thailand Info

ADMINISTRATIVE / COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Bangkok

GEOGRAPHY

Thainland is situated in the middle of mainland Southeast Asia. Covering 513,120 square kilometres, Thailand is the world's 50th largest country in land mass. It controls the only land route from Asia to Malaysia and Singapore.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 66 Million. Muslims account for about 4.6% of the population.

CLIMATE

Tropical wet and dry. Theres a Rainy and cloudy climate from May to September as well as a dry and cool climate from November to mid-March.Temperatures normally range from an average annual high of 38 °C(100.4 °F) to a low of 19 °C(66.2 °F) Countrywide.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Thai is the official language. Chinese, Lao and Malay is widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+7 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 9 AM to 4:30 PM
General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS

National Day: December 5th
Chakri Memorial Day: April 6th
Songkran Festival (Traditional Thai new year): 13 April – 15 April
Coronation Day: May 5th

CURRENCY

Thai Baht

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Tourist Police/ Emergencies: 1155/191
Medical: 1669
Fire: 199

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