Thailand has more than enough Bangkoks

Thailand has more than enough Bangkoks - Bangkok Post, April 1, 2005
So, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Somkid Jatusripitak wants to see 10 more Bangkoks in upcountry areas. The idea may raise eyebrows, but it is not as far-fetched as it may seem. Some provinces have already followed in Bangkok's footsteps...
Old communities have been disintegrating with no end in sight, thanks to past development and official ``beautification'' efforts, particularly in the historic Rattanakosin city. These deleterious effects are not confined to the capital city alone but have spread to surrounding provinces, which have become Bangkok's satellite towns by default...
"If we can develop upcountry provinces to be like Bangkok, with 10 Bangkoks or Shanghais throughout the country, imagine what Thailand will be like," he said at a meeting with business leaders on Monday...
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