Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, has loads to offer because of the multi-cultural influences, from an amazing concoction of cuisines, to incredible architecture, to historic monuments and religious sites to quiet tranquil and surprisingly green retreats in the middle of an urban jungle.
However, your guide to 20 fun things to do in Bangkok offers you some starkly different and unique experiences. Here are some fun things to do in Bangkok that I recommend you do not miss.
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1. Vespa Market
In the huge outdoor Vespa market, you can find vintage Vespas, Volkswagens and Austin Minis for sale. You can also find automobile merchandise like helmets, quirky T-shirts, used sneakers and modern antiques.
2. Bangkok Night Tram Tour
The night tram tour takes you on a tram in the old city part of Bangkok, viewing all the important landmarks of the city, and ends with a night of partying in the backpacker paradise Khao San road.
3. Lot Foi Market
Leave the malls to the tourists. In this quirky market on State Railway land you can find all sorts of vintage treasure such as clothes, toys, furniture, antiques and collectibles from the Soviet era. There are also a lot of cocktail and food trucks.
4. The Ghost Tower
Bangkok’s Sathorn Unique skyscraper, now referred to as ‘Ghost Tower’, was supposed to become a luxury apartment complex with amazing views of the Chao Phraya River. The construction was abandoned to the Asia Financial crisis in 1997.
Since then, drug addicts and stray dogs occupy the neglected skyscraper.
However, people climb up for incredible views of the city.
5. Cabbages and Condoms
Cabbages & Condoms is a quirky restaurant with condom inspired décor aimed to educate the Bangkok youth about safe sex and AIDS prevention. Their motto is condoms should be as easy to buy as cabbages!
You can find more information here.
6. Fight with Dragons (or at least visit the Dragons temple)
The Wat Sampran Dragon Temple in Bangkok, Thailand is a 16-storey red tower with a statue of a dragon wound around it. The temple complex consists of smaller temples and many statues inspired by dragons and the Chinese zodiac. It contains giant Buddha statues, shrines and other artifacts. Details of the temple and why it was built are nowhere to be found. It is now abandoned, and not on the tourist trail.
7. Airplane Graveyard
Decommissioned planes in a field outside Bangkok have become a somewhat bizarre but yet fascinating place to explore abandoned aircrafts.
8. Whale watching
A little away from the city, you can watch whales, specifically Bryde’s whales – a breed of whales of which only about 20 are known to live in the Gulf of Thailand, in a sustainable manner in their natural environment in this tour provided by Hivesters.
9. Peppermint Bike Park
If you’re looking to ride a bike amidst nature in the middle of Bangkok’s chaos, then Peppermint Bike Park is the place.
10. Royal Barge Museum
The country’s most unique barges are housed here. Some of them are still in use and are often elaborately decorated for royal processions and festivals.The country’s most unique barges are housed here. Some of them are still in use and are often elaborately decorated for royal processions and festivals.
11. Chao Phraya Express Boat
Take a ride on the Chao Phraya express boat also known as the water-bus. Watch the scenic life of the locals in the river houses with stilts. There are various stops along the river that you can explore.
It is possible to learn surfing in the city thanks to Flow House Bangkok that offers surfing lesson in the man-made beach environment. If surfing is not your thing, you can just chill out and eat their amazing spread.
13. Museum of death
The Siriraj Medical Museum also known as the ‘Museum of Death’ is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Housed in the Siriraj Hospital Complex, it features a number of exhibits depicting the countless diseases and disorders that sometimes end lives. There are sections with dead bodies of babies, highly preserved body parts and mummified remains. If you can get past the squeamishness, it is actually highly informative.
14. Sub-Zero Ice Skate Club
Need a break from the Sizzling Bangkok heat? Head to Sub-Zero Ice Skate Club to cool off. This is more than just your average nightclub, complete with artificial snow and snowfall, DJs and a performing team of figure skaters.
15. Batcat Toy Museum
The Batcat Toy Museum houses an odd but huge collection of action figures, toys and other knick-knacks. You might see something you recognize from pop-culture through the decades.
16. Songkran (water party time!)
Thailand’s new year, also called Songkran, is celebrated every year in the second week of April. The city is in holiday mood and everyone comes out to celebrate by dousing people with cold water on the streets.
17. Snake Farm
Slightly odder than the local petting zoo, you can head to the Snake Farm to check out these slithering creatures and learn about different species and anti-venom treatments.
18. Thai Auto Vintage
Thai Auto vintage is a small shop on the outskirts of Bangkok, run by a group of classic car aficionados. It is a must visit for all car enthusiasts. Spend some time admiring the old restored cars and shopping for odd and rare spare parts.
19. Ticket to Mystery
Ticket to Mystery is an interactive role-playing game that you can play with a group of 5 people. You’ll be given a set of clues and an hour to solve them. The mysteries are set in different scenarios from 1950’s Japan to a post apocalyptic world in 2035.
You can find more details about Ticket to Mystery Bangkok here.
20. Bed Supper Club
Dinner in bed, anyone? The Bed Supper Club is an unconventional dining experience where guests can have their cocktails and dinner in bed. Make reservations before you go as they only have a limited number of beds and they fill out pretty fast.
Summary of 20 Fun Things to do in Bangkok
It is no surprise to see that Bangkok is loaded with entertaining things to do. This list of 20 Fun things to do in Bangkok is a handy guide for your pocket. You can enjoy Bangkok outside the tourist box.
Do you know any other fun and cool things to do in Bangkok? We would be happy to hear from you!