Bangkok has plenty of extreme sports you can enjoy if you’ve done your share of temple-hopping and shopping in the Thai Capital. While most first-timers to Bangkok may find getting carted around Chinatown in the back of a speeding tuk-tuk might be a big enough adrenaline fix, there’s a wealth of other hair-raising activities to add to your holiday plans.
From becoming would-be shark food inside a massive aquarium to training as a professional fighter, we’ve compiled a list of fun ways to get that heart pumping in and around the city. Just remember to read the small print in your travel insurance first.
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
- Banyan Tree's Apsara Dinner Cruise
- Vertigo & Moon Bar Rooftop Dining
- Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour with River Cruise
- Shangri-La Hotel's Buffet Dinner Cruise
- Bridge on the River Kwai & Historic Railway Tour
- Siam Niramit Dinner Show
- Calypso Bangkok Cabaret Show
- Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise
- Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha Half-Day Tour
Wakeboarding at Taco Lake or Thai Wake ParkBangna or Rangsit
Wakeboarding in Bangkok might be limited to cables (for boat action, head to Pattaya), but that hasn’t stopped the sport from gaining popularity among water-sport fans. There are 2 main places to do it: at Taco Lake (off the Bangna-Trat highway going to the airport) and at Thai Wake Park (Rangsit).
The former is cheaper and easier to reach, with 2 hours at around 400 baht. Thai Wake Park, on the other hand, is more geared towards the pros, with flashier facilities and more challenging obstacles. 2 hours here start at 800 baht and whole day costs around 1,350 baht. Read More...
Rock climbing at Urban PlaygroundPhrom Phong
Along with a long list of other more laidback sports, Urban Playground at The Racquet Club offers some excellent rock climbing opportunities right in the centre of Bangkok. Beginners and experienced climbers are all welcome, with day passes starting from 475 baht on weekdays – this gives you access to all the facilities including the climbing wall, gym, yoga classes, badminton/tennis courts and swimming pool. They also run introduction courses starting from 500 baht per hour. You can find Urban Playground on Sukhumvit Soi 49, between the Phrom Phong and Thonglor BTS Skytrain Stations.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from 1pm to 10pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10am to 10pm
- Address: 8 Soi Sukhumvit 49/9, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 119 7200
It’s quite easy to find a decent Muay Thai gym in Bangkok, being the country’s national sport and all. The question is, which one is best for you? Single passes usually start from around 550 baht, and you’ll get a better deal if you purchase multiple sessions of training. Some Muay Thai gyms offer discounts for weekly or monthly stays, which also include accommodation and meals. Some of our recommendations for some city centre gyms include RSM Academy (2nd floor at Jasmine City Building), Chuwattana (Chinatown Bangkok), Jitti Gym (next to Rachada MRT Underground Station), and Luktupfah (On Nut). Read More...
EasyKart Bangkok at RCA Plaza offers the chance to zip around a relatively challenging indoor track in 100c, 160cc and 270cc go-karts. The most powerful of these can reach speeds of 55 km/h (not that you’ll max it out), while the 100cc models are good for the kids. Prices start from around 500 baht per race. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 1pm to midnight
- Location: 31/11 RCA Plaza, 2nd Floor, Rama 9 Road, Bangkapi, Huaykwang, Bangkok 10320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 203 1205 ext. 24
Surfing at Flow HouseSukhumvit
For some surfing action right in the heart of downtown Bangkok, there’s no better place than Flow House. Part of several branches worldwide (including the UK and US), the venue has an artificial wave machine that mimics surfing on the ocean. It’s a great way to have fun, keep fit and cool off – all while learning a new sport. You can find the inflatable ramp at A-Square, between Sukhumvit and Rama IV Road. Hour-long sessions start from 800 baht per adult and 535 baht per child. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday–Wednesday from 10am to 10pm, Thursday–Friday from 10am to 11pm, Saturday from 9am to 11pm, Sunday from 9am to 10pm
- Location: A-Square 120/1 Sukhumvit 26 Alley, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)99 083 8787
SkydivingNong Kho Reservoir
Skydivers in Bangkok have to head out of the city a little – after all, the Thai capital has one of the most congested airspaces in the world. Several companies operate out of airbases around the Chonburi or Pattaya area (around 1.5 hours away), and some do include transportation from Bangkok as part of their packages. Thai Sky Adventures offer single tandem jumps (no experience needed) and operate around Nong Kho Reservoir in Chon Buri.
Instead of just gawping at the sharks through the glass at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, why not get inside and swim with them? They don’t bite… or we’re told. For 1st-timers, a face-to-face session in the water with the tiger sharks, reef sharks and leopard sharks will set you back 6,900 baht, and there are discounts if you've already got your PADI certification. If the idea of becoming shark food is not your thing, you can still get wet by trying the ‘Ocean Walker’ – an underwater tunnel with 180-degree views of the sea life through the glass above (around 2,500 baht with diving gear included). Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 9pm
- Location: B1-B2 Floor, Siam Paragon Building, 991 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 687 2000
Extreme cycling at Peppermint Bike ParkLad Phrao
Peppermint Bike Park is a multi-terrain course in Bangkok’s Bang Kapi district, and offers riders 2 interlinked tracks: 1 paved and another on raised wooden tracks. There’s also ramps, small jumps and elevated curves to make things more interesting. Prices for non-members start from around 150 baht per hour (60 baht for helmet rental) and the park stays open under floodlights until 8pm on weekdays and 9pm on weekends.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Friday from 11am to 8pm, Saturday–Sunday from 7am to 9pm (closed on Mondays)
- Location: Soi Yothinpatana 3, Ekkamai Ramintra Rd, Lat Phrao, Bangkok 10230, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)90 980 1368
Formula Renault driving at Taki RacingSamut Prakan
The Taki Racing driving school is the real deal for Bangkok’s petrol heads. The 170 horsepower ‘Taki Formula’ cars here can reach speeds of up to 200 km/h, while its full track comes complete with stands, pits and all the safety facilities you need. If you carry a full driving license and a spare 15,000 baht, the track is all yours for half a day. A full day's racing plus professional instruction costs onwards of 40,000 baht.
Airsoft and paintball at Combat Zone 62Srinakarin Road
Combat Zone 62 is a popular urban playground right behind Seacon Square, next to the Rod Fai Market. The centre offers plenty of space for airsoft (shooting your mates with not-so-soft plastic BBs) and paintball (shooting your mates with explosive, paint-filled pellets) matches. All equipment and safety gear is provided, and if you’re welcome to join in with other groups. A full paintball package at Combat Zone 62 costs around 450 baht (including 100 balls), while a day of BB gunning totals around 500 baht with safety equipment and ammunition.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Friday from 1pm to 7pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10am to 8pm
- Location: Srinakarin Road, Nong Bon, Prawet, Bangkok 10250, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 330 8042