a seaport in and the capital of Thailand, in the S central part, on the Chao Phraya.
(lowercase) a kind of Siamese straw.
(lowercase) a hat woven of strands of this straw.
Formerly Siam. a kingdom in SE Asia: official name of Siam 1939–45 and since 1949. 198,242 sq. mi. (513,445 sq. km).
Capital: Bangkok.
Gulf of. Also called Gulf of Siam. an arm of the South China Sea, S of Thailand.
Contemporary Examples

A few dishes and a bottle of wine cost the equivalent of $200, which in Bangkok is a disgrace.
Gal With a Suitcase Jolie Hunt April 2, 2010

So Langley decided to cut short the tour of the then-CIA station chief in Bangkok and bring him in to head up the show.
The CIA’s Wrong: Arming Rebels Works Christopher Dickey October 18, 2014

Bangkok Feb. 22, 2012 What caused me to turn on the TV in late afternoon in Bangkok, something I have never done before?
Marie Colvin, U.S. Journalist, Killed in Syria The Daily Beast February 21, 2012

Bangkok—unlike the southernmost provinces of Pattani or Narathiwat—seemed normal.
Thailand on the Brink Lawrence Osborne April 25, 2010

Many will tell you there are only two hotels in Bangkok: The Peninsula or The Mandarin Oriental.
Gal With a Suitcase Jolie Hunt April 2, 2010

Historical Examples

The Chinese are the beasts of burden as far as the Bangkok rickshaw is concerned.
The Kingdom of the Yellow Robe Ernest Young

A line from Bangkok to Bianghsen, in Siam, is being projected at the present time.
The Railroad Question William Larrabee

For many years the region on the eastern shore of the gulf has been more or less familiar to the foreign residents in Bangkok.
Siam George B. Bacon

The steamer Melita was leaving for Bangkok that evening about seven.
The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad

I asked him if he wasn’t becoming weaned of Bangkok, which, as a place of residence, leaves much to be desired.
Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell

the capital and chief port of Thailand, on the Chao Phraya River: became a royal city and the capital in 1782. Pop: 6 604 000 (2005 est) Thai name Krung Thep (ˈkrʊŋ ˈteɪp)
a kingdom in SE Asia, on the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand: united as a kingdom in 1350 and became a major SE Asian power; consists chiefly of a central plain around the Chao Phraya river system, mountains rising over 2400 m (8000 ft) in the northwest, and rainforest the length of the S peninsula. Parts of the SW coast suffered badly in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Official language: Thai. Official religion: (Hinayana) Buddhist. Currency: baht. Capital: Bangkok. Pop: 67 448 120 (2013 est). Area: 513 998 sq km (198 455 sq miles) Former name (until 1939 and 1945–49) Siam
Gulf of Thailand, an arm of the South China Sea between the Malay Peninsula and Indochina Former name Gulf of Siam

from Thai, indigenous name of the inhabitants, + land (n.). Cf. Siam.

Capital of Thailand and largest city in the country, located in the heart of Thailand’s rice-growing region near the Gulf of Thailand.

Note: With its busy port and spectacular examples of Buddhist (see Buddhism) architecture, Bangkok is one of the leading cities of Southeast Asia.

Thailand [(teye-land)]

Constitutional monarchy in southern Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma to the west and northwest, Laos to the north and east, Cambodia to the southeast, and the Gulf of Siam (an arm of the Pacific Ocean) and Malaysia to the south. Its capital and largest city is Bangkok.

Note: Thailand was formerly called Siam.

Note: Strongly supported the United States during the Vietnam War, Thailand was the site of American air bases until 1976, when relations with the United States deteriorated.

Note: During the early 1990s, its economy became one of the strongest in Asia, but it experienced a sharp downturn in the mid-1990s.


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