Living in Bangkok

Some facts about Bangkok

bkk1Bangkok is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a population of over 10 million people, which makes it the largest city in Thailand. Bangkok is located in the central part of the country on the low flat plain of the Chao Praya river, the River of Kings”, which extends to the Gulf of Thailand.

In Thai language the capital city is called Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or in short Krung Thep which translates “The City of Angels”.

Bangkok has been undergoing rapid urbanization and industrialization since
1960. The increasing population is due in part to the development of infrastructure and a growing economy that resulted in expansion into the surrounding areas and the migration of people to the city from all parts of the country.

The city’s residents consist of 80% Thai, 10% Chinese and 10% of various other bkk2nationalities. Long-term foreign residents include around 250,000 mainland Chinese, 85,000 Indians, 30,000 Japanese, 25,000 Americans, 45,000 Europeans, 15,000 Taiwanese, 20,000 South Koreans, 7,500 Australians, 12,000 people of Arabic speaking countries, 20,000 Malaysians, 4,000 Singaporeans, 5,000 Filipinos, and 800 New Zealanders.

KIS is located in the district north of Sukhumvit centered around Ratchadaphisek Road reaching from Phetchaburi Road to Lat Phrao. This area has really opened up recently as the new metro line follows Ratchadaphisek Road.

Climate

Thailand’s climate is tropical, high both in temperature and humidity, and dominated by monsoons. April and May are the hottest months of the year, when even the locals are moved to complain about the heat. June sees the beginning of the South West Monsoon, and brings with it the rainy season, which continues intermittently until the end of October.

sunset

From November to the end of February the climate is much less trying with a cooling North East breeze and a reduction in the humidity level. This is also the main tourist season, and the best time to visit Thailand.

For the Western visitor there is no such thing as “cool”. Just cooler than “hot” and “drier than humid”, so light cotton clothing is the order of the day. Do remember that the tropical sun can be quite fierce so a hat a good sun screen are useful.

Climatic Table for Bangkok
Max. Average Daytime Temperature (oC)
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
32
33
34
35
34
33
32
32
32
31
31
31
in. Average Daytime Temperature (oC)
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
20
22
24
25
25
24
24
24
24
24
22
22
Average Rainfall (mm)
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
8
20
36
58
198
160
160
175
305
206
66
5
Average number of rainy days
1
1
3
3
9
10
13
13
15
14
5
1
Sources: BBC Weather Centre, www.amazing-thailand.com

Websites: Thai Meteological Department, Yahoo Weather

Sources: www.wikipedia.com, www.wikitravel.com, www.bangkok.co.go