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  • 10 Things to do in Bangkok when it Rains

    What to Do in Bangkok on Rainy Days

    It can be frustrating when you wake up to cloudy days when you are on holiday, but thankfully Bangkok has plenty of options available for rainy days. If you are feeling energetic, check out some Muay Thai boxing training, or challenge your pals to your own version of the Grand Prix - Go-Kart style. Anyone who loves to shop will have already heard how fabulous Bangkok's malls are, but they also offer plenty of family fun, including ice-rinks, bowling and Siam Paragon has Asia's largest aquarium in the basement! There are also plenty of treats to be had: from delicious cake shops to luxury massages. There is so much fun to be had indoors that you will forget about the bad weather.

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    Getting pampered with a massage while in Bangkok should be a rite of passage.There are massage shops set up on practically every street so you are never more than a quick dash away if the heavens open. But for that little touch of luxury, every five-star hotel has an in-house spa at a fraction of the price you would expect to pay back home so there’s no reason to even reach for that umbrella. Thai massage has been exported to every corner of the globe but, in our opinion, the original is still the best… we’ll leave it for you to decide. Read More...


    Bangkok is truly a world-class shopping destination with a mix of international fashion brands and a wide range of local fashion designers making it a popular rainy day activity. There is no shortage of shopping malls to choose from but the biggest of them all is Central World, a mega-shopping complex connected to Chit Lom and Siam BTS stations by a sheltered walkway. As well as a comprehensive selection of high-street and high-end fashion and eating options, there is a 15-screen cinema, Kid’s Zone, and even an ice skating rink! Read More...


    In the basement of Siam Paragon shopping mall you will find the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia, with plenty of creatures to check out, from scary sharks to jumping jellyfish. Take a ride on the glass-bottomed boat or discover the plants and wildlife from the rainforest, including spiders and snakes. A trip to Siam Ocean World can be combined with a visit to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in nearby Siam Discovery Mall, and these two tickets can be bought together at the counter to offer great savings. Read More...


    When it’s grey and miserable outside, sometimes all you want is a nice cup of tea and a delicious piece of cake in a cosy café. Why not turn it into a challenge, and try a variety of the best and most unusual cakes and desserts in Bangkok? We’ve selected ten of the coolest cafes around. Whether you are working your way through the large chunk of honey toast with friends and family at After You, playing with the toys at Mr Jones’ Orphanage or digging into a delicious slice of crepe cake at Secret Garden, there is nothing better than sweet treats to cheer you up on a rainy day. Read More...


    I know we have already included a shopping mall in our list, but at Terminal 21, shopping is only one small part of the experience. This mall has a one-floor-one-city design that allows visitors to travel the world one escalator at a time. The boulevards of Paris, ornate lanterns of Tokyo and the towering Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco are all displayed, along with other cities including London, Istanbul and Rome. Terminal 21 must take the accolade of the most unique concept for a shopping mall in Bangkok, in Thailand, and perhaps in all of Asia. Read More...

    Art in Paradise Trick-Eye 3D Museum Esplanade Mall - Ratchada

    Art in Paradise, the very successful interactive attraction which started in Pattaya, is now open at Esplanade Shopping Mall on Ratchada road. Also refered by locals as the Trickeye Museum or 3D Museum, Art in Paradise is great fun for couples, friends and families to spend a few hilarious hours, especially on rainy days. Esplanade Mall is located on the outskirts of Bangkok, but the MRT station is right in front of the mall. Read More...


    An engaging and thought-provoking way to spend an afternoon is at The Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre. This striking cylindrical building with a spiral staircase lining the outer wall in a Guggenheim-esque fashion is the highlight of Thailand’s art scene. It has an ever-changing roster of exhibits ranging from sculpture to photography and every creative discipline in between. It’s a popular hangout for students (maybe because it’s free), local artists and tourists with a few shops and cafes with a faux-bohemian vibe.  Read More...


    A simulation flight is an extra-special gift for everyone, from young children who dream of being pilots to those who have a passion for planes, and according to research it can even help those who are scared of flying find their wings. The experience feels so realistic that the cockpit in Bangkok has even been used in films and TV shows, and although it isn’t a bargain, it still costs significantly less than in Australia or Europe. Read More...


    A high-octane experience zooming around a fairly technical track can be enjoyed in any weather at Easy Kart indoor go-kart track in RCA Plaza. The great thing about go-karting is it can be enjoyed by kids as young as seven and as old as 70, and with different karts available, both beginners and experts will be in for a memorable ride. Other facilities include a chill-out area with sofas, viewing deck, and a pool table for those who can’t handle it in the driver’s seat. Read More...


    If you can’t stand the rain, get in the kitchen! Taking a cookery class is a popular activity throughout Thailand, where food is such a distinctive and enjoyable part of life. There are many cooking classes in Bangkok so it’s up to you how hands-on you’d like to be. Some classes take guests through the entire process – from sourcing ingredients at the market, through to sitting down and enjoying the fruits of your labour; other classes arrange everything so all participants have to do is turn up and start cooking. Read More...

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