Geography: The Urbanization of Bangkok Essay

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City characteristics:

Bangkok was just a city, until General Chao Phraya Chakkri, the founder of the ruling Chakkri dynasty, took over the throne as Rama 1. After General Chao Phraya Chakkri was crowned Rama 1, he strategically moved the Capital from the west to the east bank of the Chao Phraya River to make it harder for the Burmese to invade and to have a better trading post with other western countries. Thereafter, Bangkok grew modernised and grew rapidly during the 1960's. Today Bangkok is now the central of politics, economy, education, media and the modern society. Bangkok has a GDP of approximately $674.3 billion with exports of goods and services contributing 70.6%, and imports of goods and services contributing -66.6%. Export
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Transportation in Bangkok is mainly road based transport such as cars, motorcycles, buses and the popularly used taxis that appear in the form of cars, motorcycles and tuk-tuks. Other transport systems include the BTS Sky-train, the underground MRT and the Airport Rail Link, Khlong Saen Saep water buses, the Chao Phraya Express Boat, and Bangkok's airports- Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang Domestic Airport. Walking and cycling is rarely seen because of the poorly surface maintenance on the bicycle lanes and pavements that are filled with hawkers make it difficult to get around Bangkok using those methods. The road based transport have 84 roads that link different areas of the city, an inner ring road that encircles the city and eleven bridges that link the two sides of the city over the Chao Phraya River. The BTS Sky-train has two lines- Sukhumvit and Silom and 30 stations. The MRT has one line- the Blue Line and 18 stations. The Airport Rail Link links the city centre to Suvarnabhumi International Airport and has 8 stations. The Khlong Saen Saep water buses serves 50,000 passengers daily and the Chao Phraya Express Boat serves 35,586 passengers daily.

There are many cultural and annual events that occur in Bangkok.

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