Thailand (Kingdom of Thailand)

Languages: Thai

Currencies: THB · Thai baht (฿)

Capitol: Bangkok

Continents: Asia

Borders: Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar

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Area: 513,120km2

Population: 69,799,978

Traffic/driving side: left

Landlocked country: No

Independent country: Yes

United Nations member: Yes

IDD Prefix: +66

Timezones: UTC+07:00

Last updated on April 18, 2024

Bangkok is a city unlike any other, bursting with delicious food, heat and incredible energy.. I’ve been to Bangkok 7 times and i LOVE this metropolis, which is a melting pot of cultures with a rich history that dates back centuries. Streets of Bangkok will leave a lasting impression!

One night in Bangkok.. that's not enough!

From the iconic Grand Palace to the vibrant street markets, there is no shortage of things to explore in this city. I’m taking you on a journey through streets of Bangkok and show you experience like no other.

Vibrant streets of Bangkok

I love Bangkok, the hottest and one of the bussiest cities in the world, sinked in relentless traffic noise and traffic jams. But I love everything about it, especially the most friendly people on earth and most delicious food /street food is a must try!/. 

Exploring traditional Thai markets and street vendors offers a chance to get a sense of vibrant streets of Bangkok, unique culture, taste authentic cuisine, and purchase special souvenirs. A visit to one of the markets is an experience like no other and is a highlight of many visitors’ trips to the city.

What makes Bangkok's streets so vibrant?

Bangkok’s streets are alive with energy and color, what makes them so special?
1. Street Food – Bangkok’s street vendors are famous for their delicious, affordable food. You can find anything from savory noodle dishes to sweet desserts, all cooked fresh right in front of you.
ADVISE: Don’t be afraid to try street food, if you feel like your stomach is sensitive – chose deep fried food, to avoid any fresh uncooked ingrediens.
2. Night Markets – Bangkok’s night markets are a must-visit for anyone looking for a unique shopping experience. The colorful stalls are filled with everything from handmade crafts to trendy clothing.
ADVISE: Check prices before going to night markets/for comparison, there are always some vendors who will be overpriced. 
3. Temples and Shrines – Bangkok is home to some of the most beautiful temples and shrines in the world, and many of them are located right on the city’s streets. Be sure to visit Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the majestic Wat Arun.
4. Street Performers – From musicians to dancers, Bangkok’s streets are full of talented performers. 
5. Tuk-Tuks – These three-wheeled taxis are a fun and unique way to explore the city’s streets. Hop in and let the driver take you on a tour of Bangkok’s best sights.
ADVISE: Always agree a price before getting in!
6. Colorful Architecture – The city’s unique architecture features colorful tiles, intricate carvings, and ornate details.
7. Friendly Locals – Bangkok’s residents are known for their warmth and friendliness, many are happy to share the city’s secrets with visitors. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with a local, however most probably you will be approached anyway.

Dangerous areas in bangkok.

Bangkok touristic areas and the city centre are generally safe. Most of dangerous areas are located in the city’s outskirts, like Chatuchak District, Lak Si District or Noi District. Khlong Toei in central Bangkok is a slum dirty district.

Best walking streets in Bangkok.

Most famous street in Bangkok is Khaosan Road or Khao San Road – the backpackers & party street! When I first came to Bangkok in 2012 the street was ONE huge party – I have never seen anything like this before. 

A lot has changed over the years and Khao San Road became more cultural entertainment hub but it’s still noisy. 

My favourite and 100 times better street corner is Soi Rambuttri, which is 200 metres from Khao San Road. This beautiful, authentic Thai street hosts backpackers in a very similar way but way cheaper!

Streets of Bangkok

Can you drink on the street in Bangkok?

You can do anything in Bangkok 😉 Drinking is allowed as long as you behave, nobody will go against you. 

The cultural richness of Bangkok's street food.

Bangkok’s street food is undoubtedly one of its most significant cultural assets. The city’s street vendors are known for their distinct, flavorful cuisine that has captured the hearts of visitors and locals alike. The streets of Bangkok are full of food stalls and pushcarts that permeate the air with the aroma of spices and herbs.
In Bangkok, you can find everything from sweet desserts to savory noodle dishes, all cooked fresh and served right in front of you. The street food scene in Bangkok is diverse and caters to a wide range of tastes, from spicy to mild, from vegetarian to meat-based.
You need to try the iconic street food dishes like: 
  • Pad Thai, a stir-fried noodle dish served with vegetables, peanuts, and chilies. 
  • Som Tam, a spicy papaya salad that packs a punch of flavors.
  • For those who love meat, the grilled pork skewers Khao Niew Moo Ping, served with sticky rice is a must-try.
Top things to see in Bangkok-the world’s hottest city!
One of the most alluring aspects of Bangkok’s street food culture is how affordable it is. For a few dollars, you can enjoy a full meal that is cooked fresh and packed full of flavor. 
In my favourite restaurant in Soi Rambuttri – Pad Thai cost $5.
Coconut on the street shouldn’t cost more than 30 BHAT.

Exploring traditional Thai markets and street vendors.

Traditional Thai markets, also known as ‘talad,’ feature an array of goods from fresh produce, clothing, handicrafts, and souvenirs. 
One popular market is Chatuchak Weekend Market, offering over 8,000 stalls selling a variety of goods. It is known for its antiques, ceramics, furniture, and plants. Aside from traditional markets, many street vendors line the city’s streets, selling everything from handmade jewelry to freshly cut fruit. These vendors offer a glimpse into the daily lives of locals and their trade.
Visitors also have the opportunity to learn more about Bangkok’s rich history and tradition by visiting the vendors and shopping for traditional goods. For instance, the Talad Rot Fai Market specializes in vintage items, including clothing, toys, and vinyl records, that reflect Bangkok’s past.
Vibrant streets of Bangkok

The dynamic art scene on Bangkok's streets.

The streets of Bangkok are known for their exceptional art scene. With a mix of traditional and modern styles, the city’s street art scene is constantly evolving and never fails to impress. Here are five must-see places to explore Bangkok’s dynamic art scene on its streets:
1. Chalermla Park – This small park features colorful murals and intricate street art installations that showcase the city’s cultural heritage.
2. Ratchatewi BTS Station – This station features a massive mural that spans the length of the platform by street artist Alex Face. The mural depicts a sad-eyed child in a rabbit costume, which has become an iconic image in the Bangkok street art scene.
3. Bangrak district – The Bangrak area is home to several murals painted by local artists that reflect the neighborhood’s history and culture.
4. Soi Charoen Krung 28 – This street is known for its vibrant street art pieces that cover the walls of the buildings. The colorful murals and street art installations add a unique charm to the area.
5. Artbox – Located in various locations around the city, Artbox is a pop-up art market that features unique and innovative artwork by local artists. It’s a great place to discover new artists and artwork, and maybe even purchase a piece for your personal collection.

Historical landmarks and architecture along the streets.

Aside from its dynamic art scene, Bangkok’s streets are also home to impressive architecture. 
1. Grand Palace – The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings that served as the residence of the Kings of Siam and now the Kings of Thailand. The palace complex showcases the country’s intricate architectural style, with colorful mosaics and intricate gold detailing.
2. Wat Phra Kaew – Located inside the Grand Palace complex, Wat Phra Kaew is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. It houses the iconic Emerald Buddha, which depicts the meditating Buddha in a seated position.
3. Wat Arun – Also known as the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun is a famous Buddhist temple that stands on the west bank of the Chao Phraya river. The temple’s spire, which is decorated with colorful Chinese porcelain, is an iconic landmark of Bangkok.
4. Jim Thompson House – This museum is a former residence of an American businessman who helped revive the Thai silk industry in the 1950s and 1960s. The house showcases traditional Thai architecture and features a collection of Asian art and antiques.
5. Chinatown – Bangkok’s Chinatown is a bustling area that features various Chinese temples, markets, and restaurants. The area is known for its lively atmosphere, intricate architecture, and delicious street food.
The historical landmarks and architectural wonders along Bangkok’s streets is an excellent way to understand the city’s rich cultural history. Walking the streets is my favourite way of exploration and you can learn about the country’s traditional architecture, religion, and customs while experiencing the vibrant energy of the city.

Safety tips for exploring Bangkok's streets.

As I said, Bangkok is generally safe. Pay more attantion after dark outside of the city centre area. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
1. Avoid carrying too much cash – never good idea in Asia!
2. Dress appropriately – especially if you are planning to visit temples (you need to have your legs and arms covered with no transparent clothing). Bangkok is a conservative city, so it is important to dress appropriately when exploring the city’s streets. Wear modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees – this is a must if you want to visit any temple.
3. Stay hydrated – Bangkok’s temperatures can be hot and humid, so it is important to stay hydrated. Do not wait until you are thirsty! Carry a water bottle with you and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
4. Use reputable transportation – Only use reputable transportation options such as taxis, tuk-tuks, or rideshare services when getting around the city. Avoid taking unmarked or unofficial taxis/however Bangkok taxis are marked in many colours.
5. Stay away from protests – Thailand has a history of political turmoil, and protests can occur at any time. It is best to stay away from any political demonstrations or gatherings.

Why Bangkok's streets are a must-visit for any traveler interested in culture..

Bangkok’s streets offer a chance to experience a lively and colorful world of Thai culture. Don’t ruch, a lot of people skip Bangkok, giving it 1 or 2 days. Big mistake. Bangkok is exceptional in a every way, cultural, architecture and atmosphere. 

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