Thais have deep respect and love for the monarchy and portraits of His Majesty King Bhumibol and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit are proudly displayed across the Kingdom.
Bangkok is unusual in that it is difficult to say where the heart of the city lies, although, if forced to choose, one would probably opt for the oldest part, around the Grand Palace. That is, after all, where King Rama I established the City Pillar and his own residence in 1782, when he moved the capital from the west (Thonburi) to the east side of the river. Good views of Bangkok can be had from the top of the Baiyoke Sky Hotel which is open to visitors and will help you find your bearings.
Large roads such as Silom or Sukhumvit are called thanon often shortened to Th. Side streets are called soi. Sois are numbered, with even numbers on one side and odd ones on the other. Many sois have an additional name for example Soi 3 is "Soi Nana" and has the address "25 Soi Nana". Some short alleys are called trok.
Some of the larger streets such as Sukhumvit change names at different stages and for example is called Sukhumvit on one side of the tollway and changes to Ploenchit just at Thanon Witthayu and then Thanon Rama I. A good landmark is the Chao Phyra River as it passes around most of the tourist areas.
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