QS Best Student Cities ranking: 76th
One of Asia’s most cosmopolitan cities, Bangkok is the capital and largest city of Thailand, home to over 12% of the country’s population. Its full Thai name is a bit of a mouthful; in fact, it’s the longest city name on earth. For this reason, Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit is usually just shortened to Krung Thep by the locals.
Although Bangkok is a frenetic and packed city which can feel overwhelming and chaotic to newcomers, there is much more to the so-called City of Angels (a rough translation of Krung Thep). The sà·nùk- (fun-) loving locals are known for their playfulness and welcoming nature, and the language barrier is often surmounted with a smile.
If the noise of a city buzzing with 11 million people gets too much to handle, foreigners in Bangkok have the option to take a break from the heat and the chaos, either among the peace and solitude of the various Buddhist temples or with some retail therapy in the city’s modern, air-conditioned megamalls.
Bangkok has long been a center of learning in Thailand, with five universities ranked within the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16, two of which are in the world’s top 300. Despite a reputation for political instability over the years, relatively low levels of crime means Bangkok receives a very strong safety rating in the index compiled by Numbeo.
QS ranked universities
More about Bangkok
Number of universities ranked by QS
Top ranked institution
Chulalongkorn University (253rd in the world)
Students (% of total population)
1.2% (based on ranked institutions)
2.0% (of students at ranked institutions)
Average tuition fees
Global Liveability Ranking
102nd (out of 140)
Mercer Cost of Living rank
45th (out of 214)
Cost of a Big Mac
Cost of an iPad
Numbeo safety rank
148th (out of 446)
Numbeo pollution rank
65th (out of 300)
Transparency International score
102nd (out of 177)
Sources: QS World University Rankings; Global Liveability Ranking (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); Big Mac Index (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); iPad Index (Commsec); Cost of Living Survey (Mercer); Corruption Perceptions Index (Transparency International).