How is Bangkok Compared to Other Major Cities

Have you ever wondered how the Thai capital Bangkok compares with other major cities around the world? I researched the similarities and differences to see how Bangkok holds up.

CityPopulationSize
Bangkok10+ million1,569 km²
New York8.3+ million783.8 km²
London8.9 million1,572 km²
Seattle740+ thousand217 km²
Singapore5.6+ million721.5 km²
New Delhi30+ million42.7 km²
Moscow11.9+ million2,511 km²
Berlin3.6+ million891.8 km²
Jakarta10.5+ million661.5 km²
Population and city coverage comparison (data collected from https://en.wikipedia.org/)

Bangkok and Seattle

Seattle in Washington state located on the west coast of America located 11,972 km from Bangkok, where an in-direct flight will take up to 19 hours.

How are Bangkok and Seattle similar?

  • The Pacific Ocean connects both
  • Both have overhead mass transport systems
  • Both have a Chinatown district

How are Bangkok and Seattle different?

  • Bangkok is 14 hours ahead of Seattle
  • Seattle’s population is tiny compared to Bangkok in terms of population and land coverage
  • Seattle is not a capital city

Bangkok and London

London, the capital of the UK, is 9,526 km from Bangkok, where a direct flight will take around 13 hours and in-direct up to 16 hours.

How are Bangkok and London similar?

  • Both cities have over 8-10 million residents
  • Both cities cover an area of over 1,500 km²
  • Both have significant rivers running through their epicenter
  • Both have a Chinatown district
  • Both are major tourist and transit hubs

How are Bangkok and London different?

  • London is connected to the Atlantic Ocean, not the Pacific 
  • Bangkok is 6-7 hours ahead of London

Bangkok and New York

New York is on the east coast of America located 13,923 km from Bangkok, where an in-direct flight will take up to 20 hours.

How are Bangkok and New York similar?

  • Both have overhead mass transport systems
  • Both have a Chinatown district
  • Both cities have over 8 million residents

How are Bangkok and New York different?

  • New York is connected to the Atlantic Ocean, not the Pacific 
  • Bangkok is 11 hours ahead of New York
  • New York is not a capital city

Bangkok and Singapore

The neighboring city of Singapore is located 1426 km from Bangkok, where a direct flight will only take 2 and a half hours.

How are Bangkok and Singapore similar?

  • The Pacific Ocean connects both
  • Both have a similar tropical climate
  • Both cities have more than 30 universities 

How are Bangkok and Singapore different?

  • Singapore is less populated and smaller in size
  • Bangkok has fewer green spaces
  • Fewer people in Bangkok can speak English

Bangkok and New Delhi

New Delhi, the capital of India, a flight to Bangkok, will take up to 4 and a half hours.

How are Bangkok and New Delhi similar?

  • Both have significant air quality pollution problems
  • Both have a cheaper cost of overall living
  • Both have amazing selections of food
  • Both have traffic problems

How are Bangkok and New Delhi different?

  • New Delhi is considerably more populated than Bangkok
  • An ocean does not surround New Delhi

Summary

Although Thailand is still a developing country, the capital of Bangkok has some similarities to major cities around the world.

Regarding population and size, Bangkok is on par with London and has a similar pollution problem as New Delhi.

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