Study in Bangkok, Thailand
Study in Bangkok, ThailandBangkok is famous around the world for being a chaotic swarm of densely-packed humanity. From the thronging traffic of its elevated highways to the hectic commercial frenzy of its ubiquitous shopping malls, the Thai capital is a veritable beehive of constant activity. As the population of the sprawling Bangkok metro area climbs steadily towards the 15 million mark, the reasons behind its reputation are becoming increasingly apparent.
All of this does not, however, detract from the charm of the city and its ever-smiling inhabitants. Bangkok's residence seem to thrive in their environment, and the city is entirely devoid of the curt sharpness that pervades the air in places like Paris and New York. Bangkok is also set apart from other Asian mega-cities by its relatively modern and well-maintained transportation infrastructure. Although congestion on Bangkok's main streets is nothing short of legendary (and with good reason), there are several options in place for those who simply want to get around it. The ultra-modern Skytrain system is probably the most impressive–it has only 2 lines and a handful of stations outside central Bangkok, but it is reliable and reasonably cheap, and it's worthwhile just for the fun of gliding effortlessly above the crowded streets. Buses and a subway system are also available, and bike rentals are very popular with tourists.
Hollywood has created the impression among Western travelers that Bangkok is a lawless warren of vice and corruption, a criminal empire reminiscent of 1930s Chicago. While the city has its fair share of pickpockets and scam artists, violent crime is actually exceedingly rare. In fact, contrary to popular misconception, Bangkok is one of the safest large cities in Southeast Asia, and foreign visitors who exercise basic courtesy and common sense are unlikely to encounter any serious threats to their safety. The only real dangers in Bangkok are the sweltering summer heat and the erratic, seemingly deranged drivers. Avoid these and you should be just fine.
As a shopper's paradise, a must see stop on tours of Southeast Asia, and a gateway to Thailand's famous beach resorts, Bangkok is extremely popular with world travelers. There is far more to do in the Thai capital, however, than simple tourism, and many foreigners–particularly businessmen and students–find reason to remain in Bangkok for an extended stay.
When it comes to higher education, Bangkok offers a wide range of options. By far the largest institution of higher learning in Bangkok is Ramkhamhaeng University, which has no requirements for admission and serves a staggering 525,000 students. If the university where an independent city, it would be the 26th largest in Southeast Asia. Students seeking something a little more prestigious (or a little less overwhelming in size) can choose from a list of more than 30 colleges and universities within Bangkok, representing a full range of sizes, academic programs, and levels of competitiveness. Not surprisingly given all this variety and choice, Bangkok has over the years become Southeast Asia's most prominent destination for advanced education.