Bangkok is the largest urban area and
as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or Krung Thep
for short, it was a small trading post
at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River
during the Ayutthaya Kingdom and came
to the forefront of Thailand when
it was given the status as the capital city
in 1768 after the burning of Ayudhya,
the former kingdom seat and capital
of the Ayuthaya province. It was
also ranked by "Travel and Leisure,"as the best city in the world for the year 2008.
However, the current Rattanakosin
Kingdom did not begin until 1782
when the capital was moved across
the river after being sacked by
the Burmese.The Rattanakosin
capital is now more formally called
"Phra Nakorn", pertaining to the
ancient boundaries in the metropolis'
core and the name Bangkok now
incorporates the urban build-up
since the 18th century which hasits own public administration and governor.
In the span of over two hundred years,
and economic center of not only
Thailand but for much of South East Asia
and Indochina as well. Its influence
and entertainment as well as being
a business, financial and cultural centerof Asia has given Bangkok the status of a global city.
Bangkok is the world's 22nd largest city
by population with approximately 8,160,522
registered residents (July 2007) , but
due to large unregistered influxes of
migrants from the North East of Thailand
and of many nations across Asia ,
the population of greater Bangkok isestimated at nearly 15 million people.