Yes, Bangkok has horrendous traffic jams, but there is an alternative—travelling by boat along the city’s numerous canals
The old capital of Thailand, in the 18th century, was Ayutthaya. Unfortunately, it was invaded by the Burmese in 1767 and left in ruins. Soon after, in 1768, Thonburi—on the other side of the Chao Phraya River from modern-day Bangkok—was named as the Thai capital by King Taksin the Great, the ruler of Siam at the time. It remained the capital until 1782, when a coup was mounted against Taksin by Phutthayotfa Chulalok (who later became King Rama I). This new ruler decided to move his palace over to the other side of the river, and Bangkok became the new capital in 1782.
Present day Bangkok (which incorporates Thonburi, among other outlying districts) has grown into a megacity of 10 to 12 million that’s bisected by one of the longest rivers in Thailand—the aforementioned Chao Phraya—which is approximately 370 km long and empties…
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