, the capital city of Thailand, was founded in 1782 by the first monarch of the present Chakri Dynasty. Nearly 15 million people live in and around Bangkok accounting for approximately one fifth of the total population of Thailand. Thailand was not colonized by western powers, so its distinct culture is still well preserved. Within Bangkok, there are hundreds of Buddhist temples, beautiful palaces and modern amenities like shopping malls, the incredible Chao PhrayaRiver and many more attractions. Bangkok is Thailand’s political, commercial, cultural, and spiritual centre.