Settled in the early 15th century on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, the city's strategic location at the mouth of the river saw its domestic importance increase rapidly. Bangkok's economy grew through International trade; first through trade with China and later with the West. It was a victim to serious bombing from the U.S. military during World War II to combat the occupying Japanese forces. Following the war, the United States donated large amounts of money and personnel to repair the city which allowed it to grow rapidly. It was also a stop over for American troops during the Viet Nam war, where its sex trade was the prime focus of the soldiers.
Bangkok is Thailand's most important city by leaps and bounds as all other cities in the country are dwarfed by its importance and influence. The city was the main stage for Thailand's political struggles near the turn of the 20th Century. Thailand abolished the absolute monarchy as a result of increasing pressure from the Westen world. This monarchy had ruled the country for ages and sparked a political, socail, and economic evolution in Thailand.
The city grew very quickly between the 1960s and 1980s. The Asian Investment Boom that had occurred during the 80s and 90s saw many Multinational Corporations relocate their headquarters to Bangkok. The city is Thailand's financial, social, and economic capital. Tourism is a major economic driver as Bangkok one of the top 3 most visited cities in the world.
The city has a distinct and rich culture, great shopping, delicious food, and excellent nightlife. It's no wonder that so many people flock to this southest Asian destination.
So come to Bangkok to see what all the fuss is about!
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