So, what can you do within 24 hours in Bangkok?
This is a city that knows how to captivate you. Picture a vibrant metropolis filled with bustling streets, towering skyscrapers, and a delightful blend of tradition and modernity. From the moment you set foot in this capital of Thailand, you’re in for an exhilarating ride.
Bangkok is the capital city rich in its cultural heritage, beautiful temples, and busy markets. Our blog takes on our journey where we spent 24 hours in Bangkok. From the Grand Palace to Wat Arun, we spent some time reflecting on our daily experiences.
First things first, let’s talk about the weather. Brace yourself for the heat and humidity that Bangkok graciously offers. It’s like stepping into a sauna, but with a side of spicy street food.
So make sure you dress light, stay hydrated, and prepare to embrace that sticky, sweaty glow. Don’t worry, though, because there are plenty of air-conditioned oases and refreshing iced drinks to keep you going.
As we navigated the city, we encountered a symphony of sounds and a kaleidoscope of colors. Bangkok’s streets were a buzzing tapestry of life, with tuk-tuks whizzing by, motorbikes zigzagging through traffic, and street vendors calling out to lure you in with their mouthwatering aromas.
We heard the chorus of car horns, and laughter, and perhaps even catch a hint of traditional music blending in the background. Bangkok has something for everyone, from the grandeur of the Grand Palace to the tranquility of Wat Arun, we found ourselves in awe of the city’s stunning temples and intricate architecture.
We took a boat ride along the Chao Phraya River to explore the floating markets, where you can haggle for fresh produce or simply soak in the vibrant atmosphere.
But amidst all the chaos and excitement, Bangkok also has its serene pockets. You can escape the urban jungle by exploring the green oasis of Lumpini Park or taking a boat ride along the peaceful canals of the Chao Phraya River.
These moments of tranquility amidst the urban buzz provide a much-needed respite for the soul. Since we didn’t visit any markets on this trip, this gives us another reason to visit Bangkok again.
So, walk with us as we spent 24 hours in Bangkok. Be prepared to immerse yourself in the vibrant city of Bangkok. This city will sweep you off your feet, tantalize your taste buds, and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Let’s dive in!
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Where is Bangkok?
Bangkok is in the heart of Thailand, on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and surrounded by fertile plains, canals, and waterways that crisscross its landscape. The canals are traditionally known as “khlongs” and were used for transportation.
Bangkok has a tropical monsoon climate which means there are three seasons hot, rainy, and cool season. The cool season is from November to March which is also the best time to visit Bangkok.
During these months, the weather is pleasant, the city experiences less rainfall, and humidity is low. The temperatures range from 25°C to 30°C which is ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities. We traveled to Bangkok during these months and experienced larger crowds and higher prices everywhere.
The hot season is from March to May when daily temperatures can exceed 35°C and is another good time to visit with fewer crowds and lower rates for accommodations. The rainy season is from June to October with rainfall every day.
While the showers are short, traveling during these months means that tourist places are more open. Flight prices and accommodations are cheaper.
Bangkok is a food haven and with a diverse culinary scene, eating the local street food is a must. Some popular street food is pad thai which is a stir-fried rice nodded dish, and tom yum goong which is a spicy and sour soup that just bursts with flavor.
And, how can we miss out on mango sticky rice? This dessert is made with sweet sticky rice, and ripe mango slices, and drizzled with coconut milk. Mango sticky rice is tasty and believe me, when I say, one is not enough.
The earliest known history of Bangkok was that it was a small trading post on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in the 15th century. Back then, it was known as “Bang Makok” which means “place of the olive plums”.
Bangkok grew rapidly during the 18th century and after Ayutthaya was destroyed by the Burmese, King Taksin established a new capital on the eastern banks of the Chao Phraya River and named it “Krung Thep” which means “City of Angels”.
However, it was during the reign of King Rama IV that Bangkok would get its official full ceremonial name “Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphiman-Awatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit” which is the longest in the world.
The new name of the capital translates to “City of Angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of nine gems, seat of the King, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Vishvakarman at Indra’s behest.”
The new city was developed after the former capital city of Ayutthaya with the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha being built. These iconic landmarks are symbols of Bangkok to date.
Bangkok continued its expansion and modernization throughout the 19th century with the canals serving as transportation routes and providing irrigation to the surrounding farmland. This led to the nickname, “Venice of the East”.
Today, Bangkok is a metropolis known for its beautiful temples, delicious street food, and a city that seamlessly blends the old with the new. Bangkok left us with a lasting impression and the yearning to return.
While a tourist visa is a popular option for travelers to Bangkok, the other visa classes are transit visas, non-immigrant visas, and courtesy visas. Regardless of visa type, you would need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months and proof of onward ticket with sufficient funds for your stay.
Citizens from Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, Peru, and Chile can enter Thailand visa-free for 90 days within any 6 months. Travelers from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore are exempted from visa for 30 days.
Citizens from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Denmark, Norway, and the United Arab Emirates are also exempted from visa for 30 days so long as they have proof of onward ticket.
To determine if you need a visa, you can check the Do I need a visa section from the official e-Visa website.
Alternatively, If you’re planning to obtain a Thai visa, there are online platforms that can assist you in streamlining the application process and ensuring a smooth experience.
How do you get around Bangkok?
From tuk-tuks to trains and massive traffic jams, getting around Bangkok is overwhelming. Our guide explores the best ways you can use that saves you time and money. With an interconnected public transportation system, exploring Bangkok is now so much easier.
Skytrain (BTS) & Metro
The Skytrain and Metro are the best ways to get around Bangkok. There are four rapid transit systems in Bangkok which are the BTS Skytrain, the MRT, the SRT Red Lines, and the Airport Railway Link.
These lines are complemented by the Blue and Purple Line MRT while the Airport Railway Link connects Suvarnabhumi International Airport to the city center. The Skytrain and MRT both operate from 6 am to midnight while the Airport Railway Link is from 6 am to 12.30 am.
The fares for the Skytrain and Metro start from ฿15 ($0.50) to ฿40 ($1.15) per person with the rates depending on the zones traveled. The fares for the Airport Link are between ฿15 ($0.50) to ฿40 ($1.15) depending on distance. The Express Airport Line is ฿90 ($2.50) for one-way travel and ฿150 ($4.30) for return travel.
Rideshare & Taxi
Rideshares and taxis are the other best ways to get around Bangkok. While there is no Uber in Thailand, there is Grab and Line Man Taxi which are convenient ways to travel within the city. For Line Man, there is a call fee of ฿20 ($0.50). While commercial taxis operating through Grab are legal, private cars are not.
Taxis in Bangkok are comfortable with the drivers helpful and courteous. All taxis are metered with rates starting at ฿35 ($1). Passengers are required to pay for the toll at freeways.
Some point to note if you are taking a taxi is to never get into a taxi that doesn’t use a meter. As most drivers may not speak English, having the address of your destination in Thai would help the driver and ensure you get to your desired location.
These iconic motorized three-wheelers are used by locals and tourists for short trips within the city. Unless you want to experience the thrill of sitting in a tuk-tuk, these are not recommended.
Drivers of tuk-tuks are known to overcharge tourists and are always found around the major tourist spots in the city. Tuk-tuks are also known to take tourists to gem shops and massage parlors to gain some commission from these joints.
While cycling in Bangkok is slowly gaining popularity, the heat, traffic, pollution, and uneven road conditions make it difficult to cycle throughout the city. To experience another side of Bangkok, join the Colors of Bangkok tour or the classical bicycle tour of Bangkok.
With uneven footpaths and loose concrete tiles, walking is the least convenient way to get around in Bangkok. However, walking is the best way to explore the neighborhood you are staying in and is an enjoyable experience. Get yourself a tumbler with double insulation so your drinks stay cool or warm, as you walk throughout the city.
Some of the best areas to walk in Bangkok are Chinatown, the Old Town of Bangkok known as Rattanakosin Island, Sukhumvit Road, Rama I Road, Silom Street, Thonglor, and Chatuchak Street. When walking in the evenings, you would need a mosquito repellant bracelet that looks pretty and offers about 300 hours of protection against mosquitos and other insects.
What to do in Bangkok in 24 hours?
Spending 24 hours in Bangkok is not enough to see the city in all its glory which is why recommend spending at least 5 days in Bangkok. Since we had many places to visit in one day, we started the day early with a visit to the majestic Royal Grand Palace.
We ended the day with a visit a Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn. Since we visited the Historical City of Ayutthaya, we have included our itinerary for that trip as an optional day trip if you have more than 24 hours in Bangkok.
The Royal Grand Palace
Our first stop for 24 hours in Bangkok was the Royal Grand Palace. This iconic landmark is one of the most visited attractions in the city and is a symbol of Thailand’s history and monarchy.
The palace was established when King Rama I moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok with the palace being the administrative seat and residence of the monarchy since then.
While our trip here was rather short as we had many places to cover in a day, we visited the major buildings such as the Dusit Hall, the Phra Monthien Buildings, and Wat Phra Kaew.
We loved that almost all the buildings were adorned with beautiful colors and intricate carvings which we are delight for us. Besides the many buildings, we loved walking past the well-manicured gardens, the ornate pavilions, and the murals about Thai mythology and history. Since there are many areas that are open to the elements, it would be wise to purchase a compact travel umbrella that fits in your backpack or purse.
We paid an entrance fee of ฿500 ($14) which gave us access to the Royal Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, and the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles. This ticket was only valid on the day of purchase and for one visit only.
Wat Phra Kaew
Our second stop for 24 hours in Bangkok was the Wat Phra Kaew of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This sacred meditating Buddha statue is made from jade and clothed in gold and diamonds.
The statue is placed on a pedestal, high above the heads of devotees and tourists as a sign of respect. The statue is enshrined within the Phra Ubosot which is the main ordination hall with stunning murals depicting the life of Buddha.
The outer court has several galleries known as “Phra Rabiang” that shows the murals from the Ramakien which is Thailand’s version of the Indian Ramayana. Finally, we looked out for the demon guardians known as Yakshas who protect the temple and its visitors from evil spirits.
As Wat Phra Kaew is an active temple, we were required to dress modestly which meant covering our knees and shoulders. This temple is a short walk from the Royal Grand Palace.
Phra Siratana Chedi
Our third stop for 24 hours in Bangkok was the Phra Siratana Chedi which is a golden stupa erected by King Rama IV to house the relics of Buddha from Sri Lanka. Its bell-shaped circular base is from the Ceylonese-style stupa.
This towering structure is the tallest structure within the palace complex and can be seen from the Chao Phraya River. There are four entrances to this stupa, all of which were closed during our visit. Each entrance is crowned with a smaller stupa and decorated on its three sides.
After taking a few photos, we walked just south of the Grand Palace to Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Although it is just a short walk, we recommend you bring a hat, wear sunscreen or carry an umbrella as the heat can be unbearable.
Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Our fourth stop for 24 hours in Bangkok was Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. This is one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok and is known for the reclining Buddha statue.
The first thing we noticed as we walked around the building was the unique Thai and Chinese architectural styles, decorative motifs, and colorful murals. The large gold-plated Buddha was lying on its side with his head resting on his hand.
This symbolizes Buddha’s entry to Nirvana. However, it was Buddha’s feet with inlaid mother-of-pearl illustrations with 108 panels with auspicious symbols of Buddhism. There are also 108 bronze bowls where we dropped coins as it helps to maintain the wat.
We passed by the Wat Pho Thai Traditional Medicine and Massage School where visitors can get massages by students of the school. The school has trained more than 200,000 massage therapists who are practicing in 145 countries.
As we exited, we walked to the Tha Tien Pier and took a scenic boat ride to cross the Chao Phraya River, and made our way to our last stop for our 24 hours in Bangkok trip.
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
Caption: Wat Arun is a photographer’s delight at any angle
Our fifth and last stop for 24 hours in Bangkok was Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn which is Bangkok’s most iconic landmark known for its stunning architecture and historical significance.
We paid an entrance fee of ฿100 ($3) and were greeted by its towering prang which stood at 70 meters. Four smaller stupas surround the main tower. What is unique about this temple are the bits of porcelain and shells that decorate the exteriors of the tower.
The tower is believed to represent Mount Meru and the seven-pronged trident at the top of the central tower is known as the Trident of Shiva. The temple’s rich cultural heritage reflects a blend of Thai and Khmer architectural styles.
As we climbed the steep stairs, we enjoyed breathtaking views of the Chao Phraya River and Bangkok’s skyline. As with the temples in Bangkok, dressing modestly and appropriately is a must. Make sure you have sufficient change and be aware of tuk-tuk scammers around the temple.
The best time to visit Wat Arun is either early in the morning before the crowds arrive or just before sunset. The temple is open from 8 am to 5.30 pm. In the evenings, the temple becomes illuminated, creating a magical atmosphere.
OPTIONAL: Day Trip to Ayutthaya
Since we had more than 24 hours in Bangkok, we chose a day trip to Ayutthaya to explore its ancient ruins and its history. Ayutthaya or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya is an ancient city about 50 miles north of Bangkok.
Ayutthaya was founded in 1350 and became the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. At its peak, the city was a prosperous trade center, culture, and diplomacy. The Ayutthaya Historical Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that preserves the ruins of this former capital.
The temples in Ayutthaya are a blend of Khmer, Sukhothai, and Mon with their distinctive tall and pointed central towers. Today, the city is a popular tourist destination for visitors who come to appreciate its historical significance and laid-back charm.
Since this was a day trip, we only visited the three major tourist sites in Ayutthaya which was Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol, Wat Mahatthat, and Wat Rachaburana. We ended our trip with a ride along the canals and island of Ayutthaya in a long-tail boat.
Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol
Caption: Our first view of Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol
Our sixth stop for 24 hours in Bangkok was Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol which is known Great Monastery of Auspicious Victory. The most distinctive feature was the large and towering stupa that was surrounded by smaller stupas.
We paid an entrance fee of ฿20 ($1) for foreigners. The bell-shaped stupa stands on an elevated square base with stairs leading to the dome where relics were once placed. After praying at the main Buddha statue, we explored the temple grounds.
We walked along the rows of Buddha statues and came to the vihara of the reclining Buddha. The main ordination hall has been re-roofed with the monastery being extended to the east. Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol is open from 8 am to 5 pm with free entrance for Thai citizens.
Our seventh stop for 24 hours in Bangkok was Wat Mahatthat or the Temple of the Great Relic. The is famous for its Buddha head entwined in the roots of a banyan tree. This temple complex is home to the Mahanikai School of Buddhism and precedes the founding of Bangkok.
We paid an entrance fee of ฿50 ($1.50) for foreign adults and walked to our first stop which was the Buddha head in the tree roots. While no one knows how the head became entangled, a theory mentions that the tree grew around the Buddha’s head when the temple was abandoned.
What we found unique was that the temple was built in Khmer style and is almost identical to the temple mountains of Phnom Bakheng, Preah Rup, and East Mebon. We continued walking around the many temples to the assembly hall on the east with a seated Buddha image.
Another striking image was the standing Buddha statue in one of the mandapas and an ordination hall. The temple complex was built to represent Mount Meru with the surrounding stupas being the other mountains.
What was once a moat represented the cosmic ocean. While the area was crowded, the ruins have a magical charm to them and left me wondering what the temple was like in all its glory.
Our eighth stop for 24 hours in Bangkok was Wat Rachaburana which is within the Ayutthaya Historical Park and is opposite Wat Mahatthat. As we walked through the Grand Vihan, the central prang comes into view.
According to the Royal Chronicles of Ayutthaya, Wat Rachaburana was built on the cremation site of two brothers who fought to the death over the royal succession.
After the two brothers passed, the youngest son ascended the throne and became known as King Boromracha II who built two chedis on the site where his two older brothers fought.
However, it is the central prang in Khmer style that attracts the most visitors. The central tower is so well preserved that murals on the first level of the crypt are visible. The walk down is not for the faint-hearted or those who have claustrophobia as the stairs are steep with very little lighting.
While most of the valuables have been stolen over time, some items that were recovered are displayed at the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum. Today, the site is an important historical site that offers visitors a glimpse into Ayutthaya’s glorious past.
Long Tail Boat Ride
Our last and ninth stop for 24 hours in Bangkok was a private long-tail boat ride which took us almost 45 minutes. Our boating began along the canals surrounding the island. Our boat took us through the Khlong Mueang which was the city’s ancient canals.
We passed by Wat Rattanachai, Wat Phanam Choeng, and Wat Chai Wathanaram which was one of the most beautiful sites on our boating journey. These long-tail boats are called “Rua Hang Yao” and are a common form of water transportation in Thailand.
These long-tail boats can be rented from the pier in front of the Chantrakasem Palace Museum near Hua Ro which is opposite Wat Monthop.
What are the safest areas to stay in Bangkok?
This is one of the most popular and safest areas to stay in Bangkok. Sukhumvit Road and district is known for its bustling streets, upscale shopping malls, and vibrant nightlife.
The road runs through several neighborhoods with BTS Skytrain and MRT connecting through the main neighborhoods such as Nana, Ashoke, Thinglor, and Ekkamai. Spend some time shopping at Terminal 21, a mall designed like an airport departure area, or watch the sunset from the Octave Rooftop Bar & Lounge.
The Athenee Hotel
Our first choice for staying more than 24 hours in Bangkok is the Athenee Hotel which is a 374-room hotel built on the site of the Kandhavas Palace which was the home of Princess Valaya Alongkorn.
The hotel was elegantly refurbished and featured rooms with a blend of traditional Thai and modern features. The rooms are spacious and include plush bedding, free WiFi, and safety deposit boxes. Your furbabies are also welcome in this pet-friendly hotel with a limit of one pet per room.
With generally positive reviews, guests loved that the staff remembers who you are with impeccable service by staff. The hotel and rooms and clean and give a luxurious feel befitting its Marriott brand name.
The hotel’s central location is a plus point as it is close to the Phloen Chit BTS Skytrain Station. The delicious buffet breakfast and the clean swimming pool were added plus points which guests loved.
Our second choice for staying more than 24 hours in Bangkok is the Sheraton Grande which is a 420-room luxurious hotel in the heart of Sukhumvit. The hotel beautifully combines Thai hospitality and modern amenities in a 5-star setting.
The hotel boasts a range of accommodations which include standard guest rooms to more luxurious suites. Each room is elegantly furnished with comfortable beds, spacious bathrooms, and free WiFi.
With several restaurants and bars, the dining options include authentic Thai dishes to international cuisine such as Italian from Rossini’s. Or, spend some time at The Living Room and The Sala which offer a wide selection of drinks and cocktails.
Some positive reviews include its excellent location with a covered walkway to the Asok Skytrain Station and the huge rooms with spacious bathrooms. Guests also loved the staff hospitality, the variety at the breakfast buffet, and the helpful staff.
Our second choice for staying more than 24 hours in Bangkok is the Hyatt Regency which is a 273-room hotel that features contemporary and stylish rooms. All rooms are equipped with spacious bathrooms and complimentary WiFi.
The hotel has several dining options which cater to Thai, Japanese, and international cuisines. With a well-equipped fitness center and a swimming pool, staying here is a refreshing experience.
The positive reviews include the hotel’s impeccable service with staff being attentive, helpful, and friendly at all times. Guests also loved the hotel’s convenient location and the quality and variety of food available.
This is a bustling and lively district known for its nightlife. Silom is one of the major financial business hubs of Bangkok. The district has towering skyscrapers, upscale hotels, and modern shopping centers.
This busy street stretches several kilometers and offers recreational spaces with Lumphini Park. This park is the largest in the area and is a peaceful oasis amidst the chaotic city.
Silom is also a culinary heaven with an array of restaurants, cafes, and street food stalls that serve Thai and international dishes. The BTS Skytrain and the MRT make it easier to access Silom from other parts of the city.
Our fourth choice for staying more than 24 hours in Bangkok in Silom is the Mandarin Oriental which is a 393-room luxury hotel on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
With a range of rooms from well-appointed suites with beautiful river views to the Deluxe Premier Rooms equipped with modern amenities and furnished with a blend of traditional Thai elements, staying here is the perfect vacation spot in Bangkok.
Some positive reviewers loved the layout and decor of the rooms and the hotel’s excellent location which is just a ferry ride away from Asiatique. Guests also loved the efficient service staff and extraordinary butler service.
Novotel Bangkok Silom Road
Our fifth choice for staying more than 24 hours in Bangkok in Silom is the Novotel Bangkok Silom Road which is a 216-room hotel in the heart of Silom district. The hotel is known for its friendly and attentive staff which ensure a pleasant stay.
All rooms come with comfortable bedding, tea/coffee-making facilities, and free WiFi. There is a fitness center and swimming pool for guests to unwind after a long day of sightseeing.
Some reviews mention that while the rooms are clean and spacious, the bathrooms can be slippery. Overall, the guests loved the hotel’s location which was within walking distance to ICON Siam and several restaurants.
Guests also loved the comfortable beds, the polite and attentive staff, and the good value for money that the hotel provides in terms of rooms, service, and accessibility.
Pullman Bangkok Hotel G
Our sixth choice for staying more than 24 hours in Bangkok in Silom is the Pullman Bangkok Hotel G which is a 469-room hotel with stylishly designed rooms. All rooms come with signature bedding, plush pillows, free WiFi, and floor-to-ceiling windows for that beautiful Bangkok sunset view.
The hotel is within walking distance to the Chong Nansi BTS Skytrain station and it is a quick 2-minute walk to the Mahanakhon Skywalk. Relax by the outdoor swimming pool or hit the gym and burn those calories after eating at the restaurants nearby, the choice is yours.
Guests loved the spacious rooms, excellent location, and substantial buffet breakfast. Although the rooms are dated, the water pressure and air conditioning are superb. The hotel is a 15-minute walk to Silom with friendly and helpful staff.
Frequently Asked Questions on Bangkok
Bangkok is famous for its beautiful temples, mouthwatering street food, its floating markets, vibrant nightlife, and shopping. The three must-visit temples are Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun, and Wat Pho. Spend a few nights at the many sky bars across the city for stunning sunsets and views of the city, any time of the day.
The best months to visit Bangkok is during the cool season from November to February. During these months, the weather is pleasant with low humidity. This time is a busy month as it is popular with tourists so you can expect larger crowds in major tourist areas.
Yes, it is safe to use the MRT in Bangkok. The MRTs are a cheap way to get around the city and the system is well designed with interconnecting stations with the BTS Skytrain. The announcements are in Thai and English with clear signages throughout the stations.
The fastest way to get around is by using the Metro or BTS Skytrain. Both these trains are affordable and with interconnecting stations, moving between these two train lines is easy.
While Bangkok is generally safe to visit, some areas are best to avoid staying. These are Patpong which is famous for its go-go bars and is a known red light district. Other areas are Soi Cowboy and Soi Nana which are known for adult entertainment. Khao San Road is another area known for its backpacker vibe and can get extremely noisy at night.
The old name of Bangkok is “Krung Thep Maha Nakhon” or the shorter version, “Krung Thep” which means the City of Gods. However, its full ceremonial name is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.”
Yes, they speak English in Bangkok although Thai is official. However, if you are going into rural areas, it is best to know the basic Thai language to get along with the locals.
The language the Thai people speak is Siamese. This language is spoken by at least 88% of the population. The language spoken in northern Thailand is known as Shan while those in northeastern Thailand speak the Isan language. Also, people in southern Thailand speak Malay due to the shared border with Malaysia.
Yes, Bangkok is worth visiting and is one of my favorite cities in South East Asia. Bangkok is an affordable city to visit with its rich cultural heritage and history. The city is home to bustling and floating markets, beautiful temples, and a lively nightlife with many rooftop bars.
To conclude, Bangkok is a captivating destination that weaves modern charms with cultural heritage. Bangkok’s culinary scene is also a delight for the tastebuds. From mango sticky rice, pad thai to tom yum goong, there is abundant food at every nook and cranny of the city.