On each turn you make in Bangkok, your time in the city will be exciting. With the promise of a new walk of life down each street you turn. The impossible list of adventures you can embark on is all down to how varied and busy Bangkok is. Whether you turn down one of Bangkok’s ‘Walking Streets’, a party street or one with stunning architecture, you’ll be blown away about how different each part of Bangkok is, as if they are all different worlds in one city.
In time, Bangkok has introduced ‘Walking Streets’ to boost the economy and foot traffic over some areas of Bangkok. What makes these streets so special is that they’re closed to all vehicles for most of one day each month, offering locals the chance to host cultural activities, concerts, and performances.
For a light-hearted version of Las Vegas in Bangkok, this street is for you. Packed with nightlife, including bars and clubs, this place is perfect for those wanting to drink the night away. You can also find restaurants along this street that are open till late and the occasional shop or two to purchase any last minute things for the night ahead.
For one of the largest markets in Bangkok, you need to visit Lamai Street. Closed on Sunday’s to vehicles, this market has everything you’ll be looking for and is open for tourists and locals alike. There are also many places to eat and drink here.
Another market street, but this bi-weekly street market is held on one part of Silom Road between December and May, with the road closed from 3 pm to 9 pm. With stalls selling clothes and accessories and many street food markets, allowing you to taste some authentic food. There is also the chance to see live performances, with either music, cultural performances, or competitions.
The hub for authentic food is Yaowaraj Walking Street which offers visitors, both local and tourists, to sample food from the street food stalls. The delicacies on offer include Thai, Chinese and European food every evening and during the night on weekends. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from if you’re hoping to sit down and enjoy a meal.
One of Bangkok’s most famous streets, and with good reason, has also been recently added to Bangkok’s Walking Street List. Often referred to as ‘centre of the backpacking’, this famous road has cheap accommodation, bars, restaurants and affordable entertainment, including massage parlours and clubs. It also has so much more, like tattoo parlours, internet cafes and much more. It’s the perfect place for a traveller to find all they need, and often a place visited by art fans thanks to its low-key, relaxed vibe.
One of the latest to be added to Bangkok’s growing Walking Streets is Klong Ong Ang. Similarly to the others mentioned, it has food and goods to have you part with your money, but what makes Klong Ong Ang so unique is what else you can see. With street art of various styles and ethnic descent and buskers and artists flooding the street, you also get an artistic feel to your walk. It’s closed to vehicles every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4-10pm.
One of the most famous streets for its night market and red light district, Silom Street, is renowned for seeking a different experience for the night. The red light district is open for 18+ only and includes Go-go bars, erotic massages and, of course, the chance to be one-on-one with ladies that work there.
The market offers a chance to buy anything from clothes to food, and there are also plenty of food stalls, restaurants and bars around Silom Street.
Closeby to Sukhumvit Road, Thonglor has a mix of bars catering to various guests and their desired experiences. With BEAM for those who want to dance the night away, Rabbit Hole, a moody bar, and Iron Fairies with an industrial revolution aesthetic, there is something for all. Most of the bars and clubs spill out onto the street, visiting this area a unique experience and one you’ll likely never forget.
Soi Cowboy is another adult-only area best known for its strip clubs, massage parlours and clubs. With it being very popular amongst tourists for the adult nightlife, it gets very busy, and while the area is small, it is very touristy.
One of Bangkok’s famous clubbing scenes can be found on Royal City Avenue. Often referred to as the RCA, this area is host to international DJs, a party every week, and even live concerts. There is a high amount of security to ensure all Rois on their best behaviour, so all can have a good night.
Although it’s known for its vast market, which offers those who visit a wide range of products from food to clothing to household items, Chatuchak also has an excellent range of bars. For cocktails, you may be interested in the refined Blue Sky Bar found at Sofitel Centara Grand hotel or if you want to listen to a DJ with tasty drinks, then consider Viva 8.
With this road being one of the longest in Bangkok, it has so much to offer, including the shopping centres, restaurants, bars and many fabulous hotels. One of the famous seven-story Central Chidlom Shopping Mall and Central Embassy Shopping Mall, which is home to Harrods.
Popular amongst tourists, and locals, for it’s shopping, Rama I Road. All down the road, you will find a shopping centre after centre, offering both high-end luxury designer brands all the way to counterfeit designer bags. Within these shopping centres are places to eat, drink and even find entertainment, offering a day out while being inside.
If you want to take a step back and see what Bangkok once looked like, this street is the perfect step back. The overhanging leaves from the banyan trees shielding you from the sun and local stalls on the roadside. This place also has a great mix of restaurants, bars and guesthouses, as well as fabulous street food stalls you have to try.
Running alongside the river, Maha Rat Road has some of Bangkok’s major temples and attractions. With the famous Grand Palace and Royal Pantheon on this street, it’s well worth dedicating a whole day to the sights on this road.
Thailand’s capital has so much to offer to all kinds of visitors, which makes it so popular and attracts so many people worldwide each year. With streets dedicated to food, shopping and nightlife, whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, Bangkok has a street for you to visit with your name on it.