Record ID: 173

Site Name

Bangkok

Type

Seaport - other

Description

city (1990 pop. 8,538,610), (cap.) Thailand and Bangkok prov., SW Thailand, on both E and W banks of the Chao Phraya R., near the Gulf of Thailand; 13�44'N 100�30'E. Thailand�s largest city and one of the leading cities of Southeast Asia, Bangkok lies in the heart of the country�s major commercial rice-growing region. Bangkok is comprised of Bangkok proper; the industrial city of Thon Buri on the W bank of the river; and Klongtoi Wharf, c.5 mi/8 km downstream, which, along with Bangkok�s man-made harbor, handles the bulk of Thailand�s foreign trade� During World War II, the city was occupied by the Japanese and was a target of Allied bombing raids�