As the political, economic, cultural, culinary, and spiritual capital of Thailand, Bangkok features both old-world charm and modern convenience. The capital of Thailand – modern Bangkok is a large, bustling city of some 6 million people. It is the administrative centre and the heart of the country where skyscrapers and modern buildings jostle for space against the Bangkok skyline and also a city of entertainment and fun. But despite its modern trappings, Bangkok is firmly embedded in tradition. All aspects of Thai culture are revered here, as they are in any rural or less urban part of the country. Rituals are carried out on a daily basis. Monks accept their daily alms and people of all ages pray and make merit at one of countless temples. In Bangkok you can at one moment walk through antiquity and be in the 21st century. Drop in to the stunning Grand Palace, see the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho and wind your way through floating markets.