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 millions of 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® 2016-2017, two of which are in the world’s top 300. Despite a reputation for political instability over the years, relatively low levels of crime mean Bangkok receives a very strong safety rating in the index compiled by Numbeo.
A new entry in this year’s QS Best Student Cities index, Bangkok achieves a very high score in the new Student View category, reflecting the exciting and affordable student experience on offer.
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