What To Do in Bangkok Nobody Told You Before

Sunday, January 6, 2019

If you've been to Bangkok many times, then you have probably done all the touristy stuff, from visiting the Grand Palace, hanging out at the Khao San Road to eating insects! You may think about what to do in Bangkok?

But aside from these, there are absolutely so many other exciting things to do in Bangkok that not a lot of tourists know of.

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As one of the most thriving cities in Asia, Bangkok is an ever-changing city filled with so many unexpected treasures.

Read on to get the information on what to do in Bangkok that nobody ever told you before. 

#1: Take the BTS Sky Train to Get Around the City

BTS Skytrain is one of the best ways of getting around Bangkok.
BTS Skytrain is one of the best ways of getting around Bangkok.

Most first-timers in Bangkok would prefer to ride the tuk-tuk to get around the city. Tuk-tuks are auto rickshaws that you'll find all over Bangkok especially in the tourist areas. 

Unfortunately, there have been lots of reported incidents of tuk-tuk drivers scamming unsuspecting tourists. It’s fun to ride a tuk-tuk so there’s no harm in giving it a try at least once.

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However, a safer, faster and cheaper alternative to get around the city is to take the BTS Sky train.

Bangkok's BTS Skytrain is highly efficient, and the carriages are air-conditioned. Just show up at any of the BTS stations, refer to the map or ask assistance from the attendants at the ticket booth on how to get to your destination. 

It's cheap as well, with fares starting at 15 baht. 

#2: Ride a boat along the Chao Phraya River

The right Chao Phraya River boat will cost you only 30 baht!
The right Chao Phraya River boat will cost you only 30 baht!

Although the BTS is a great way to travel around Bangkok, there are no stations at the old part of the city where most of the popular attractions are concentrated in, such as the Grand Palace and the Khao San Road. 

In this case, your best bet is to take the Chao Phraya River boat.

To take the boat, get off at the Saphan Taksin BTS station, and you'll find the pier called Tha Sathorn. From here, take the boat going to the north, where you will see fascinating sights of temples and high rise buildings along the way.

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In fact, this is the same route that the Chao Phraya river cruises would pass by. 

Yet, a boat ticket will only cost you 30 baht, while the river cruises cost more than a thousand baht! 

#3: Visit the Muang Boran, a sprawling open-air museum

Ancient Siam is the largest outdoor museum in the world.
Ancient Siam is the largest outdoor museum in the world.

The Muang Boran is a sprawling open-air museum with the shape in the form of Thailand and has replicas of some of the most famous buildings in the country. 

Located just outside of Bangkok, the Muang Boran is an attraction that’s not known to many, yet it’s definitely a great place to spend the day while learning about the culture and history of Thailand. 

So if you’re wondering what to do in Bangkok away from the crowded tourist sites, then head over to this park.

Rent a bike or even a golf cart to explore the massive site and check out the spectacular temples, palaces, and ruins.

#4: Check out Bangkok's Penis Shrine

Penis shrine is one of the unusual things on the what to do in Bangkok list.
Penis shrine is one of the unusual things on the what to do in Bangkok list.

If you want to see something unusual in Bangkok, then visit the penis shrine, the Chao Mae Tuptim shrine. The shrine features different shapes and sizes of phallic, a symbol which several Asian countries are so fascinated with.

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Dedicated to a female spirit named Chao Mae Tuptim who is said to be living there, local women hoping to bear a child would visit the shrine to pray and leave offerings. 

#5: Try the Bangkok Mule at the Salt Restaurant and Bar

Try Bangkok Mule, a cocktail inspired by an infamous Moscow Mule.
Try Bangkok Mule, a cocktail inspired by an infamous Moscow Mule.

A perfect way to cap your day after a whole day of exploring the city is to visit the Salt Restaurant and treat yourself to a glass of the Bangkok mule. 

This drink is a concoction of ginger ale, sake, Mekong rum, brown sugar, and lemongrass, delightfully served in an old-fashioned tumbler. 

Inspired by the infamous Moscow Mule, this drink is definitely a try. In fact, it’s slowly gaining popularity among the expats in the city. It has the rich coconut flavor of the sake and carries the delicate notes of molasses and caramel from the Mekong rum. 

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Above all, it has that spicy ginger kick of the ale, just what you need after a tiring day of walking around the chaotic streets of Bangkok.

#6: Shop at the Platinum Fashion Mall instead of Chatuchak

Enhance your shopping experience in Bangkok in the Platinum Fashion Mall!
Enhance your shopping experience in Bangkok in the Platinum Fashion Mall!

Shopping in Bangkok is an experience in itself, and you can never leave the city without visiting the buzzing weekend markets that sell everything you can ever think of. 

From souvenirs and interesting trinkets to the latest in fashion, shopping at these Bangkok markets is potentially exhausting, yet exciting. 

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Most tourists would flock to the Chatuchak Weekend Market, a 35-acre open air market with over 8,000 stalls.

But if you want a more comfortable way to shop, head over to the Platinum Fashion Mall in Pratunam. 

It’s an ideal shopping place for the ladies who are looking for cheap fashion finds. The mall is fully air-conditioned and sells almost the same stuff you can find at the Chatuchak market. 

In fact, some of the products here are cheaper. If you happen to shop there during closing time at night, you’ll find that several stalls would sell their products up to 80% off!

What to Do in Bangkok Nobody Told You Before?

Bangkok is a sprawling city, with a plethora of things to do.
Bangkok is a sprawling city, with a plethora of things to do.

So if you're planning to visit Bangkok again and wondering what to do in Bangkok after you have visited all the famous sites, the list above should serve as your guide.

Doing these things will surely make your Bangkok trip even more enjoyable and exciting.

Don't forget to check out the places to visit outside Bangkok!

Carolyn Boston freelance content writer for aSabbatical.com
Travelling the world on a budget for several years without having a hefty savings account.