Go beyond the temples and tuk-tuks by visiting these 10 great Bangkok attractions


Bangkok, the “City of Angels,” thrums with vibrant energy, from its dazzling temples to bustling markets. But beneath the tourist veneer lies a world of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Ditch the well-trodden path and embark on these unique adventures for an unforgettable taste of offbeat Bangkok:

Cruise Bangkok’s secretive canals

Escape the urban bustle and delve into the city’s watery veins aboard a longtail boat navigating the khlongs (canals). Glide past traditional teak houses on stilts, witness local life unfold, and explore hidden temples accessible only by water.

Hunt for quirky treasures at Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak, a labyrinthine maze of over 15,000 stalls, is more than just a market. It’s an experiential treasure trove! Thailand’s largest outdoor market is the perfect place to haggle for vintage finds, handcrafted souvenirs, and unique artworks, all while soaking in the electrifying atmosphere.

Discover the magic of Jim Thompson House

Step into a serene oasis amidst the cityscape. Jim Thompson House, a stunning teakwood mansion, showcases exquisite Southeast Asian art and textiles. Guided tours unveil the fascinating life of the American silk pioneer who helped revive Thai silk traditions.

Unwind with a Royal Barge ceremony

Witness the grandeur of Thai heritage at the Royal Barge Procession. These ornate vessels, adorned with intricate carvings and vibrant colours, glide gracefully along the Chao Phraya River during special occasions. Part of what makes them special is that they don’t happen very often so chances are there won’t be one when you visit, but if there is, it’s an event you can’t miss.

Embrace the art of Muay Thai

Channel your inner warrior and delve into the world of Muay Thai, which is sometimes called Thai boxing. You can learn basic moves of Thailand’s national sport at a local gym, or witness the intensity of professional fights at Lumpinee Stadium, the “Mecca of Muay Thai.”

Explore the artistic haven of Lhong 1919

Formerly a bustling Chinese trading port, Lhong 1919 has been transformed into a creative hub. Wander through restored heritage shophouses showcasing art galleries, cafes, and design studios, soaking in the artistic vibes.

Learn the art of Thai flower arranging

Immerse yourself in the beauty and tradition of Thai flower arrangements at Baan Baanjit, a renowned floral school. Discover the symbolism behind each flower and create your own masterpiece under the guidance of skilled instructors.

Go ghost hunting at Wat Maha Sutat

Embark on a spooky adventure at Wat Maha Sutat, an ancient temple known for its haunting atmosphere. Legend has it that spirits roam the grounds, particularly the “ghost door” believed to be a portal to the otherworld.

Shop like a local at Saphan Pla

Dive into the lively chaos of Saphan Pla, a traditional fresh seafood market. Witness the bustling energy as vendors hawk their wares, from vibrant fish and crustaceans to exotic fruits and vegetables. Immerse yourself in the local culture and indulge in a delicious seafood feast.

Static Surfing at the Flow House

If you love surfing or want to try it for the first time, you can visit the Flow House in Bangkok, a place where you can surf on an artificial wave machine. The Flow House offers lessons for beginners and advanced surfers, as well as equipment rental and locker facilities. You can also enjoy food and drinks at the restaurant or lounge area.

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