Occupies an area of 1,568.7 square kilometres, Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. Bangkok is derived from Thai words. Bang is a Thai word meaning 'a village on a stream' and makok being the name of Elaeocarpus hygrophilous, a plant bearing olive-like fruit. It was founded as the capital of Thailand on 21 April 1782 and had a population of 8.28 million as in 2010. It has grown over 10 million now.
In the 1990s, the city has an inadequate road network and chronic traffic congestion. Since then, the city has developed into public transport friendly with more than five rapid transit lines are now in operation, with more systems under construction or planned by the national government and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.
The best time to fly to Bangkok is in late November and early December. It is when the city is drying out from the monsoon season and tourists are starting to visit. Mainly, the peak season for Bangkok is between November and March when the tourist is crowded and the perfect time to explore around Bangkok. Visitors are best to avoid September and October, which are Bangkok's and Thailand's) rainiest months.
Suvarnabhumi Airport - Covers an area of 8,000 acres, it is one of the main international airports serving the city of Bangkok. The airport is unofficially called Bangkok Airport and becomes one of the largest airports in Southeast Asia. It is currently the main hub for Thai Airways International, Thai Smile Airways, and Bangkok Airways. Besides that, it also serves as a regional gateway and connecting point for various foreign carriers. This airport was officially opened on 15 September 2006 for limited domestic flight service and for most domestic and all international commercial flights on 28 September 2006. Currently, Suvarnabhumi Airport is the 21st busiest airport in the world and eleventh busiest airport in Asia with approximately 60 million passengers annually.
The weather in Bangkok is defined as a tropical monsoon climate. It means the city has three main seasons which are hot season from March to June, rainy season from July to October and cool season between November and February. Bangkok is constantly experiencing daytime temperature exceeds 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year. The best weather in Bangkok is experienced between December and February. These are the 'cool months' when discovering the city by foot will not involve drowning perspiration.