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Khet is an administrative unit in Bangkok, equivalent to a district. Altogether there are 50 khets in Bangkok, which are sub-divided into 169 khwaeng, a kind of sub-district. With Chatuchak being Bangkok’s new CBD and Phra Ram 3 the new financial center, other important business districts consist of Phra Ram 2, Pathumwan, Sathon, Phetchaburi, Phra Nakhon, Bangrak and Silom.

Thailand’s authorities are generally located in Phra Nakhon district, which is also home to many famous tourist sites, as well as cultural and historical places of interest. For many travelers, it is a must to visit this district (it is on the very top list of a travel agency in Thailand). There are plenty of must-see spots there, such as the Grand Palace, the Democracy Monument, the Giant Swing, Sanam Luang and Wat Pho to name just a few of them. Close to the river, Thon Buri abounds in many attractions too. Having it as a destination, many bus routes end by the Victory Monument, which is also in the neighborhood of the BTS Skytrain station. Thailand’s authorities including ministries, agencies and some business offices are housed by the beginning sois of Phahonyothin road. Down the road, there are upscale apartments; going farther north, passing the crossroad of Lat Phrao and Phahonyothin, there are more business districts, which include the renowned Elephant Building.

Bangkok’s middle class dwells primarily in the northern and eastern part of the city. The central part of the city is where travelers will encounter minor apartments, usually occupied by unhealthy incomers from the rural areas. The two main such districts are Lat Phrao and Si Nakharin, which encompass 101 square kilometers (about 41 square miles) and 149 square kilometers (59 square miles) respectively. Another vast district, Thon Buri, sprawling west of Bangkok city, has experienced rapid development in the recent years. For many travelers, Suvarnabhumi Airport is the first contact with Bangkok. The airport is located on the east side of the city and is a hub for cities eastern development. Analogically, Don Mueang is the jump start for Bangkok’s north expansion.

bangkok skytrain sunset vacation packagetour thailand traveler hotel cheaphotel tourAll sorts of tourist pouring into Bangkok cannot neglect the city’s numerous shopping malls. Ratchaprasong is the choice. Foreigners as well as Thais often enjoy hanging out on the squares of the new Central World Plaza. Not far from there, Siam Square can be found. To Bangkok, Siam Square is what Oxford Street to London, or Nanjing Road to Shanghai. Foreign travelers and expats often enjoy the Sukhumvit district. North of Bangkok hosts the renowned Weekend Market, a place with inexpensive, second-hand, yet fair quality goods for sale.

Travelers here and there encounter impoverished areas. Majority of such areas are sprawling to the north of the Port of Bangkok, by the Chao Phraya River. The notable Khlong Toei district takes the area of about 9 square kilometers (about 3 square miles), where there are many provisionary for incomers from the poorer parts of Thailand.

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