Getting carted around Chinatown in the back of a tuk-tuk, or spending a night down one of Sukhumvit’s back alleys might be a big enough adrenalin-fix for some – especially first timers to Bangkok. However, the capital has a wealth of other hair-raising activities that often go ignored by tourists, expats and even the locals.
We’ve found 11 fun ways to get that heart pumping in and around the city; from becoming would-be shark food in Siam, to playing football dressed as a giant inflatable jellyfish. 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 in Bangkok might be limited to cables (for boat action, head to Pattaya), but that hasn’t stopped the sport gaining quick popularity over the last few years. There are two main places to do it, (1) at Taco Lake (off the Bangna-Trat highway going to the airport) and (2) at Thai Wake Park (Rangsit). The former is the cheaper and easier to reach option, with two hours at just 300 baht. Thai Wake Park on the other hand is more geared towards the pros, with flashier facilities and more challenging obstacles. Two hours here start at 465 baht and whole day on the weekend costs 920 baht. Read More...
Along with a long list of other more laidback sports, The Racquet Club’s ‘Urban Playground’ offers some excellent rock climbing opportunities right in the centre of Bangkok. Beginners and experienced climbers are all welcome, with guest passes starting from 425 baht on the weekday – this gets 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. Find Urban Playground on Sukhumvit Soi 49, between Phrom Phong and Thonglor BTS.
- Address: 8 Soi Sukhumvit 49
- Tel: +66(0)2 714 7200
It’s not hard 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? Our recommendations for some city centre gyms are below:
RSM Academy – Thonglor Soi 13 (3rd floor at Seen Space). Day passes from 550 baht and 5 sessions of training from 2,650 baht.
Chuwattana - 258/5-6 Mahajak Road, Chinatown. 1,000 baht a day for accommodation, two sessions of training and food (500 baht without accommodation).
Jitti Gym – 12, Rachadapisek Soi 19. Popular for fighters from UK and US and easy to find next to Rachada MRT Underground Station. Single sessions start from 500 baht.
Fighting Spirit Gym – 527/1 Silom Road (between sois 9 and 11). Great value gym for those looking for longer courses, with prices starting from 5,000 per month (one session daily) or 7,000 (two sessions daily).
Luktupfah – On Nut Soi 65, Yaek 8. This fighting camp has guestrooms onsite. One daily session 400 baht, two daily sessions 600 baht, discounts available for weekly or monthly stays. Read More...
Probably the only reason to visit RCA in the day, EasyKart offers the chance to zip round a relatively challenging indoor track in 100c, 160cc and 270c karts. The most powerful of these can reach speeds of 70km/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 and they’re open all day every day from 13:00-midnight. Read More...
For more surfing action, this time right in the heart of downtown Bangkok, there’s no better place than Flow House. Part of four other locations worldwide (including the UK and US), the venue features 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. Find the inflatable ramp between Sukhumvit and Rama IV Road at A-Square. One hour sessions start from 600 baht. Read More...
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. There are several companies operating out of airbases around the Chonburi/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 from 9,950 baht (no experience needed), and operate around Nong Kho Reservoir in Chon Buri. Their site is at www.thaiskyadventures.com
Bobble Football is a fast and furious game that combines the teamwork of football with the pushing and bashing of stock car racing. The result will leave you sweating and laughing in equal measure. The ‘bobble’ is an inflatable ball which players jump into and strap onto their shoulders. You then take to the field, just like regular football, although in bobble football, pushing and bashing is not just allowed – its encouraged. Bangkok Bobble Football is available for private games all over the city, or you can take part in scheduled games on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Read More...
Instead of just gawping at the sharks through the glass at Siam Ocean World, why not get inside and swim with them? They don’t bite… we are told. For first-timers, one face-to-face session in the water with the tiger sharks, reef sharks and leopard sharks will set you back 6,600, and there’s discounts if you’ve already got your PADI. 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 (2,000 baht with diving gear included). Read More...
Opened in May 2015, Peppermint Bike Park is not really like anything we’ve seen in Bangkok. The multi-terrain course is located at the capital’s Bang Kapi district (on Soi Yothin Phattana 3), and offers riders two interlinked tracks; one paved and one on raised wooden tracks. There’s also ramps, small jumps and elevated curves to make things more interesting. Prices for non-members start at just 150 baht and the park stays open under flood lights until 22:00. Their Facebook is at www.facebook.com/peppermintbikepark
This racing track-cum-driving school located in the suburbs is the real deal for Bangkok’s petrol heads; the 170 horsepower ‘Taki Formula’ cars here can reach speeds of up to 200kph as they race round the full track, complete with stands, pits and all the safety facilities you need. If you’ve got 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. Find more information at www.takiracing.com
This popular urban playground is located right behind Seacon Square, next to the huge ‘Rod Fai Market’ and near Srinakarin Road. The centre lays on both airsoft (shooting your mates with non-so-soft plastic ball bearings (BBs)) as well as paintball (shooting your mates with explosive, paint-filled pellets). All equipment and safety gear is provided, and if you are just coming in a small group you can join in with other groups. The full paintball package is at 450 baht (including 100 balls), while a day of BB gunning totals around 500 baht with all equipment and ammunition. Their site is at www.combatzone62.net