Besides shopping, dining and nightlife, you might wonder what else is there to do in Bangkok? True, it’s easy to get absorbed into all the things that Bangkok is famous (or infamous) for, but there’s actually much more to the city than meets the eye. Why not take a cycling tour of the riverside and discover a historic neighbourhood across the Chao Phraya River, test your swing at one of the top-class golf courses surrounding the city, or even better indulge in a soothing spa experience?
The best part about Bangkok is that it’s one of the cities that you can enjoy as much or as little as you want, without breaking the bank. And if you haven’t got a clue as to where to start, check out one of the Top 10s below for ideas.
- 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
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Cycling in Bangkok
Cycling in Bangkok takes you pedalling off the well-beaten tourist track and beyond. It also offers you an immediate connection to your surroundings not offered by other modes of transport. Head out of the city on 2 wheels and you'll quickly discover places of hidden interest and unsung beauty like lush fruit orchards, quaint country villages, ancient temples, jaw-dropping scenery.
Take a Saturday night tour around the historic heart of Bangkok – Rattanakosin Island, Wat Pho, Wat Suthat and Khao San Road, or a Sunday morning cycle tour along the Thonburi khlongs (canals) to discover a different side of Thai life. Some tours involve taking a ferry and/or a train to the starting point, so a real adventure is on offer.
Bangkok golf courses offer great value for money with many excellent golf clubs offering a high level of service and very competitive prices. Golf tours and holidays have grown rapidly across Thailand, particularly in Bangkok where there are scores of great golf courses and clubs within easy reach of the city centre. Most of them have been renovated and developed to world-class standards.
While golfing in Bangkok, you can enjoy a great round while experiencing the beauty of manicured links and fairways. Many golfers in Bangkok prefer setting off in the early mornings to avoid Thailand’s intense midday sun – the cool breeze through the palms and the orange sun hanging low adds up to a memorable experience. Read More...
Flow House Bangkok is a ‘beach club’ in the heart of Bangkok that has an artificial wave machine as its centrepiece. It provides a great way for the whole family to have fun, keep fit and cool off – all while learning a new sport. Flowriding is basically an amalgamation of surfing and wakeboarding on an inflatable ramp which has a thin sheet of water pumped up and over it to simulate a perpetual breaking wave.
Experienced boarders of any variety will soon pick it up and enjoy practising flicks and grabs, while children can jump straight into it – literally – with a bodyboard. Staff are on hand to guide you with a rope at first, and continually offer you advice, correct your posture, and generally give encouragement. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 10pm
- Location: 120/1 A-Square, Soi Sukhumvit 26, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)99 083 8787
Lumpini Park, Bangkok's oldest and largest park, is an inner-city haven of tranquillity, fresh air and shade. The park offers city dwellers the perfect connection to nature. Named after the birthplace of the Lord Buddha in Nepal, the park is as big as 93 football fields and is the habitat of various flora and fauna.
Lumpini Park appeals to just about everyone – you'll often find the elderly practising tai chi and couples lounging by the lakeside, as well as 9-to-5 workers relaxing on benches and exercising in the evenings. On weekends, this green space is often populated by families with the cheery sounds of children.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 4.30am to 9pm
- Location: Rama IV Rd, Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
A rejuvenating spa treatment in one of Bangkok's luxurious spas or a famous traditional Thai massage can be the perfect antidote after a long day of walking, shopping and sightseeing. Despite being a thriving and bustling metropolis, Bangkok is also a haven for relaxation, rejuvenation and regeneration.
There are several ways you can enjoy a massage in Bangkok. Soothing treatments can range from an aromatherapy and oil massage that’s widely thought to enhance memory, to facial massages that will make your skin glow radiantly, or a Thai foot massage that will ensure your feet and legs are lavished with the attention they deserve. Read More...
Ice-skating rinks in Bangkok help you beat the heat of the city and stage your holiday on the ice. They can be an ideal way to spend time with your family, as ice-skating offers plenty of fun for both kids and parents. Remember to wear something warm and comfortable, such as long, thick socks, jeans, and gloves to help cushion you against unexpected falls.
Many Bangkok ice rinks are within the city’s famous shopping malls, so you can easily enjoy some shopping and dining after some rounds. One rink is even Olympic-sized. If you're a bit wobbly on skates, sign up for a lesson. If you can glide on the ice like a pro, you're in for great winter-style fun in the hot Thai capital! Read More...
EasyKart Bangkok go-karting
You can enjoy go-karting in Bangkok at EasyKart Bangkok at Royal City Avenue (RCA), rumbling along with your seat just inches from the floor. It’s an exhilarating experience that can be enjoyed by everyone and in any weather. Go-karting here can be enjoyed with a range of karts catering to different age groups and levels of experience.
For those with a competitive spirit, lap times are recorded electronically and displayed on an overhead screen, and a print out of your lap times are also given to racers afterwards. There’s even a viewing deck above the long straight for cheering on your friends or family.
- 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
Although Muay Thai seems like a violent sport, learning it properly can be a fun and worthwhile experience. Many people, regardless of age and sex, turn to Muay Thai for self-defence and several martial art schools in Europe, America and Asia have added it to their courses.
If you're in – or planning to be in – Thailand, why not take lessons in Muay Thai's homeland itself? The best place to go is probably the Muay Thai Institute, which is located in Rangsit, just north of Bangkok International Airport. Even so, there are many Muay Thai camps around Bangkok. If you’re more interested in the martial ‘art’ aspects, Muay Thai shows like the one at Asiatique Bangkok is worth seeing. Read More...
Cooking classes in Bangkok are great for budding cooks interested in Thai culinary arts. Learn directly from professional Thai cooks who’ll teach you about the flavours, ingredients and techniques in cooking one of the world’s most exotic foods. You'll get to taste your creations as you go. And finally, at the end of your class, you'll get an apron and certificate to take home with you.
Depending on the class, it might include a market visit so you see where the ingredients come from. Others will combine some classroom learning with time in the kitchen putting your new knowledge to good use. Whichever Bangkok cooking class you choose, your friends and family will be happy to test your new skills once you return home.
Bowling in Bangkok
Bowling in Bangkok can be a great time for family fun with alleys available on the top floor of most malls in the city. It’s a good way to stay active and light-hearted and can be a great way to spend a rainy day or evening out. Also, the kids can do the hanging out without the elders and meet some of their contemporaries in a fun environment.
Cinemas, bowling alleys, and karaoke usually go hand-in-hand in most shopping malls. If you feel like showing off your vibrato, or consecutive strikes, just stay where you are and you can have it all!