Bangkok
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Bangkok (literal translation: village of the wild plumb) has been the capital of Thailand since 1782. Its seven million inhabitants make it by far the largest city in the country, stretching over an area of around 1.500 km². The region surrounding Bangkok, known as the Bangkok Metropolitan Region (MBR), is home to some 12 million people.

As the political, economic and cultural centre of Thailand, Bangkok boasts numerous universities, colleges, palaces and over 400 wats (Buddhist temples and monasteries). The Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports also make the city the country's main transport hub.

Due to its location in the tropics, Bangkok enjoys an average temperature of 28.4 degrees Celsius, though visitors should be prepared for heavy rain during the monsoon season between May and October, which often causes flooding.

The National Museum in Bangkok is well worth a visit. It is the largest of its type in South-east Asia and is located in the old town area on Rattanakosin Island, north of the Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang (Grand Palace) in the Phra Nakhon district. Various other sights such as the Buddhai Sawan Chapel and relics of the Bronze Age are also nearby.

The Wat Phra Kaeo is the most important temple in Thailand. Within its walls is the so-called Smaragd Buddha, a 66-centimetre tall Buddha statue which is considered a national shrine. Along with the Wat Pho palace and the Wat Mahathat (Buddhist university), the Wat Phra Kaeo constitutes Bangkok's historic centre.

Bangkok is also a city that is passionate about sport. Aside from the Thai national sport of Muay Thai, the traditional discipline Sepak Takraw is also hugely popular among locals and involves keeping a woven wicker ball in the air as long as possible using any part of the body apart from the hands. There are also five football clubs in the city which compete in the country's top division, the Thai Premier League.

A new 12,500-capacity Futsal stadium is currently under construction in the Nong Chok district of the city.