Located in the centre of the country, straddling the
banks of the Chao Phraya River and close to the Gulf
of Thailand, the greater Bangkok Metropolis (including
Thon Buri on the other side of the Chao Phraya River)
covers an area of about 1,600 sq. km. Bangkok is adjacent
to Pathum Thani on its north, Nonthaburi on its northwest,
Chachoengsao on its east, Samut Sakhon on its southwest,
and Samut Prakan on its southeast.
Bangkok has an area of 1,568.737 sq. km.
There are three seasons: rainy (from June to October),
hot (from March to May), and cool (from November to
February). The annual average temperature is about 29°
C with the monthly averages ranging from 35° C in
April to 26° C in December.
Bangkok is located in the basin of the Chao Phraya River
and has no mountains. The land is crisscrossed with
canals and rivers.
As the capital of the country, Bangkok is the centre
of administration, commerce and communications. The
city is divided into 50 districts (khet).
The standard Thai language is in use. English, a mandatory
subject in public schools, is widely spoken and understood
in business and tourist areas.
Bangkok is the centre of all kinds of goods, both domestic
Internet cafes are ubiquitous and hotels often have wi-fi for guests.