With about nine million inhabitants, Bangkok is one of the most populous cities in South-East Asia. The capital of the Kingdom of Thailand is an exotic, vibrant metropolis, a modern financial and commercial hub and a historical centre. Bangkok’s contrasts are impressive. Away from the hustle and bustle and chaotic traffic you will find temples and monasteries with absolute tranquillity, while small barges sail on the canals and on the Chao Phraya River. Among the most visited sights of Thailand is the Grand Palace with the Wat Phra Kaew Temple. But visitors should also enjoy the contrasts: for example, first take a walk in a colourful old market such as the Chatuchak weekend market and then experience one of the gigantic malls such as Asiatique: The Riverfront.