Downtown Bangkok is nestled into a bend of the Chao Phaya River that makes its boundary to the west, the northwest and the south. Most of the old architectural monuments of the capital lie in this area, among them the Grand Palace and a large number of the most interesting wats (temples).
Bangkok has a recorded population of about six million - the actual number is thought to be much higher. Bangkok is the 22nd most populous city in the world and is a major economic and financial center of Southeast Asia. Recently, Bangkok has experienced a large influx of foreign immigrants, long-term residents, and expatriates who have come to work in the city, the economic centre of Thailand. Development continues to flow in to Bangkok often neglecting the rest of the nation. Bangkok has one of the fastest rates in the world for construction of high rise buildings. The city has over 1,000 skyscrapers and ranks 17th as the ‘world's tallest city'. Bangkok's poorest districts are spread throughout the city. However, the most concentrated area is just north of the Port of Bangkok at the turn of the Chao Phraya River. For an area of 10km², the Khlong Toei district houses one of the poorest areas in the country with half-built houses and midrises for migrants and workers. The city's wealth of cultural sites makes it one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.

By Charlie Thompson 9Yellow

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Downtown Bangkok