Unusual Things to Do in Bangkok
Explore an Island in the Chao Phraya River
Nestled on the Chao Phraya River is the small yet picturesque island named Koh Kret. This mon island is loved and renowned for its amazing traditional food, laidback rural vibe, undisturbed natural greenery. This off the radar beautiful island welcomes plenty of local and foreigner visitors looking to spend some peaceful time.
The island boasts absolutely no roads, no cars, and seven small-sized villages which makes it a perfect holiday retreat to unwind. You can take a ferry to reach the island.
Location - Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand
Timings - 24 hours
Entry Fee - No entry fee
Discover a Street Art Trail
Discovering a Street art trail is one of the off-beat things to do in Bangkok as there are various locations that exhibit oversized street paintings and art. The best one that you can explore is nestled close to the Ratchathewi BTS Station.
The place is close to MBK as well as some of the fine artworks are to be found along the closely situated canal. You can also visit the Sathorn The Street Art Exhibition where an exhibition of renowned Thai artists French Jace and Alex Face are kept at a display.
Location - 29 Sathorn Road close to the Banyan Tree Hotel
Timings - closed on Sundays
Entry Fee - No entry fee.
Explore the Ghost Tower
Sathorn Unique Tower, an unfinished skyscraper in Bangkok city is one of the unusual places to visit in Bangkok. The construction of this otherwise planned elevated condominium was halted in the year 1997 due to some financial crisis. By then it was already around 80 percent built.
It is now one of the tourist destinations but not many have the guts to visit it as it is considered haunted. Various superstitious beliefs state that the development is haunted as the building is constructed on a former graveyard. Therefore, if you're brave enough then go explore this haunted tower in Bangkok.
Location - Sathorn Unique Tower, Soi Charoen Krung 51, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Timings - Open 24 hours
Entry Fee - 100 THB/ INR 225 for Thai visitors, 200 THB/ INR 450 for foreigner visitors.
Go Wakeboarding is one of the adventure-filled off-beat things to do in Bangkok. Wakeboarding is an awesome activity to escape the worries of life which one can experience at Bangkok's Tack Lake. Nestled at a 40 minutes drive from the city this lake is the best place to do it. Even if you're a first timer with the activity you need not bother as there are proper safety measures taken including life jackets, helmets, knee caps, etc.
Location - 75/1 Km13 Bangna-trad Rd., Moo 12, Samut Prakan 10540
Timings - Monday to Friday - 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm, Saturday, Sundays
Public Holidays - 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Entry Fee - 400 THB/ INR 900 per person.
One of the unusual places to visit in Bangkok is the Erawan Museum. Nestled in Samut Prakan Province of Thailand this unique museum is renowned for an artistic giant three-headed elephant. The three stories of the museum contain marvelous collections of various religious objects and antiquities which belonged to the owner of the museum, Khun Lek Viriyapant.
Apart from this, the museum boasts various other items of interest including Chinese vases from ancient dynasties, European pottery, and relics of the Buddha.
Location - Sukhumvit Road, Samut Prakan
Timings - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm every day
Entry Fee - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm - Adult (above 14 years) 400 THB/ INR 900, Children (from 6 to 14 years) 200 THB/ INR 450, Entry for kids (under 6 years) is Free.
Papaya Vintage Shop
One of the unique things to do in Bangkok is to shop at the Papaya Vintage Shop as it's like no typical shop that you might have seen before. The shop is unique to such an extent that some of the exclusive vintage items that are displayed here are not to be sold.
You can head to this amazing place, shop for the items you like but most of all you must explore this fantasy store which might appeal as a shop turned into a museum to you. Additionally, you're not allowed to click photographs here.
Location - Soi Lat Pharo 55/2, Lat Phrao Road Wang Thong Lamg, Bangkok 10310
Timings - 9:00 am to 6:30 pm
The Siriraj Medical Museum
The Siriraj Medical Museum of Bangkok is also known as the Museum of Death. This museum consists of five small medical museums for you to explore.
This museum is one of the unusual places to visit in Bangkok as it does not display cultural or artistic artifacts. Moreover, it boasts some extremely creepy things including accident victim bodies, bodies of murderers, bodies of young children, dissected bodies, a madman's dried body who was known to survive on the livers of small children and so much more.
Location - Thailand, Bangkok, Thanon Wang Lang
Timings - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm except for Tuesdays
Entry Fee - THB 200/ INR 450 baht for the museum in Siriraj Hospital, for the next building's second museum - THB 100/ INR 225
Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute
The Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute is a unique attraction in Bangkok that owns specialty in vaccines (rabies especially), venomous snake husbandry, and research and extraction of snake venom. The institute boasts a snake farm.
Originated back in the year 1912, the snake farm is one of the unusual places to visit in Bangkok where thousands of venomous snakes in the world including cobras and vipers are housed. The Institute offers not just various species of snakes for the visitors to witness but also a museum where one can see handlers interacting with giant pythons and visit the in-house museum.
Location - 1871 Rama IV Road, Phathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Timings - Monday to Friday - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Saturday to Sunday - 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Entry Fee - No entry fee
Goddess Tuptim Shrine
What makes this memorial unusual are the several penises or phalluses crafted with either wood or stone stand erect for up to ten feet which in turn is decorated using ribbons. The shrine honors a female fertility spirit named Chao Mae Tubtim.
With jasmine and lotus offerings, women make sure to visit and seek blessings here while they are trying to conceive. And rumors state that this shrine is quite successful in having the wishes of the women fulfilled. Once a wish is fulfilled, the women return and add on another phallus to show gratitude.
Location - Grounds of the Swissotel Nai Lert Hotel, Chidlom-Ploenchit
Timings - No timing
Price - No entry fee
Bangkok Canal Tours
While in Bangkok you're bound to explore its charming riverside. Bangkok canal tours happen to start with the long-tailed boats which whisk you through the Thonburi canals down to the Chao Phraya River.
As you sail on the calm water, immerse yourself in the beautifully landscaped scenery of the riverside which houses floating kitchens to serve you food, wooden homes, colonial mansions, and various other vibrant developments. The mesmerizing tour finally comes to a stop at the Temple of Dawn. The canal tours are one of the must-try things while exploring this vibrant place.
Location - Bangkok, Thailand
Timings - depends on the tour you book
Entry Fee - depends on the tour you book
Pak Khlong Talad Flower Market
One of the off-beat things to do in Bangkok is visiting Bangkok's biggest retail and wholesale flower market, Pak Khlong Talad Flower Market. It boats various species of flowers as well as flora-related items like lilies, roses, orchids, and so much more. The prices are extremely affordable and mostly the items are sold in big numbers.
Nestled in the old city, you can combine your visit with various other attractions of the same location. Additionally, you'll also find various accessories related to flowers and decorations like vases while in this amazing marketplace.
Location - Chakkraphat Rd, Khwaeng Wang Burapha Phirom, Thailand
Timings - 24 hours, for best experience visit during night time
In case you're someone who enjoys solving challenges and puzzles then trying out an Escape Game is one of the unique things to do in Bangkok. The escape games are fun activities that you can play along with two to six other players. It is also one of the most exciting ways to have your family and friends get indulged in a fun game together with you. Therefore, make sure to experience at least one game while in Bangkok.
Location - MBK Center 444 Phayathai Road, SF Cinema City, 7th floor, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Timings - You can inquire on their official website
Entry Fee - 1100 THB/ INR 2475 for 2 persons
Attend a Muay Thai fight
The oldest Thai stadium in Bangkok is the Rajadamnern Stadium which witnessed its first even event back in the year 1945. It is one of the most prestigious Muay stadiums in the whole wide world where you can witness a Muay Thai fight.
The elite fighters of the country fight here on a regular basis and being nestled quite close to the tourist region this place attracts a number of tourists to witness a fight session. To watch a Muay Thai fight can be one of the most off-beat things to do in Bangkok.
Location - Rajadamnern Stadium. Bangkok
Timings - Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday – 6:30 pm onwards
Entry Fee - The cost depends on the seats you wish to take.
Bangkok Snake Farm
In case the world of reptiles gets you to goosebumps then Bangkok Snake Market is the attraction you shouldn't miss. A visit to this unique place is both fascination and informative as you get to know a great deal about the reptiles including how are they beneficial and how far are they dangerous.
The farm features clean vivariums distributed all across which showcases the description of various species. It has a collection of reptiles which is a whole lot larger than any place else. During the hours of snake handling demonstration, the place gets busier as visitors pour in large numbers to witness the show.
Location - Thai Red Cross Institute, at the intersection of Henry Dunant roads and Rama IV
Timings - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on weekdays and 8:30 am to 12:00 noon on public holidays and weekends.
Snake Handling Demonstration timing - 2:30 pm on weekdays and 11:00 am on holidays and weekends
Entry Fee - 200 THB/ INR 450 for adults and 50 THB/ INR 112 for children
Royal Thai Air Force Museum
Nestled in the Don Mueang District of Bangkok, The Royal Thai Air Force Museum is one of the unusual places to visit in Bangkok. Established back in the year 1952, the museum preserves collects and restores various aviation equipment and airplanes used by the Thai Air Force for you to explore.
The museum also offers details of the role of Thailand in World War 2. Some of the major attractions here include Breguet, a Spitfire, Vought O2U Corsair, several Nieuports, and many more.
Location - 171 Phahonyothin Rd, Don Mueang, Khet Don Mueang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10210, Thailand
Timings - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm except on Mondays
Entry Fee - No entry fee
Jim Thompson's house
Nestled in central Bangkok, The Jim Thompson House is a renowned and ancient museum which houses the excellent art collection of a popular American architect and businessman named Jim Thompson. The museum was designed as well as owned by Jim Thompson.
One of the most visited tourist destinations, this museum boasts vibrant jungle foliage all around making the ambiance a soothing and an alluring one. His amazing art collection is not just gathered from Thailand, but varying other places including Laos, Burma, and Cambodia.
Location - 6 Rama I Road, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Timings - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee - 200 THB/ INR 450 (under 22 years old), 100 THB/ INR 225 (Children under 10 years), free for children under 10 years when accompanied by an adult.
While freely traveling and exploring Bangkok you can experience staying in a prison, not literally though. The Sook Station of Bangkok is one of the unusual places to visit in Bangkok where you would be given a mugshot, striped pajamas, and a curfew in order to impart a prisoner feel.
The rooms are in the form of cells that are designed as per the theme with curtains having black and white stripes and iron bars. The hotel is an absolutely unique place to have an even more unique experience for a lifetime and bring back stories to narrate.
Location - 45-49 Sukhumvit 101/2 Alley, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10260, Thailand
Timings - Not applicable
Entry Fee - The tariff starts at around 54 USD/ INR 3800 per night.
Learn to Make Beer by the Chao Phraya River
One of the exciting and Unique things to do in Bangkok is learning to make beer. This can be experienced on Koh Kret island at the Chit Beer Bar. The place is peaceful and quiet outside and as you step in you get to see a good crowd enjoying beer.
The owner is found chit chatting and sharing his knowledge of beer with the visitors. The evenings are the perfect timing to visit as they have live band performances. Additionally, a truly committed individual can learn beer brewing at the beer academy that this place boasts.
Location - 66/1 Moo 1, Pak Kret 11120, Thailand
Timings - 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm on the weekends
Entry Fee - No entry fee
Scala Cinema in Siam Square
To watch a movie in a single screen ancient theatre in a world of the multiplex is one of the off-beat things to do in Bangkok. The Scala Cinema located in Siam Square is all set you to impart that unique experience to you while in Bangkok.
Developed back in the year 1967, this movie theater is exclusively maintained and is worth a visit for the retro setting, bargained prices and popcorn. From the building to the tickets to the interiors etc. everything of the theater is well preserved. The entrance is a domed-ceiling which gives an ancient age feel to the visitors right away.
Location - Scala Theatre, Siam Square Soi 1, Rama I Rd
Timings - Depends on the show timings
Entry Fee - 140 THB/ INR 315 for seats, Popcorn - 40 THB/ INR 90 and tissue for toilet use - 2 THB/ INR 5
Fresh Flower Market
Bangkok's biggest flower market, Bangkok Flower Market is the ideal most place to visit for all your floral requirements. Nestled in Old Bangkok this wholesale and retail market features a wide range of vibrant flowers including jasmine, orchids, roses, lilies, chrysanthemums, etc. and related accessories like flower pots, ribbons, vases, floral foam, twigs, decorative leaves and so much more.
You would also find flowers arranged in bouquets and flower garlands to be purchased. Concludingly, this market is no less than amazement with such innumerable flowers and the place smelling absolutely heavenly.
Location - Chakkraphat Rd, Khwaeng Wang Burapha Phirom, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Timings - 24 hours
Entry Fee - No entry fee
Chang Chui Plane Night Market
Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Night Market is a marvelous place featuring a number of shopping and dining choices for you to pick from combined with wacky, urban and modern pieces of art made up of various scrap and recycled materials.
You would be much impressed by the concept of this unique marketplace which is 'nothing is useless'. A massive airbus shell is the major attraction of this place and further as you explore you'll come across many such wonderful art pieces. This unique concept of mingling shopping, dining, and art is what attracts the tourists the most.
Location - 462 Sirindhorn Rd, on the western outskirts of Bangkok
Timings - 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Entry Fee - No entry fee
Unusual Restaurants to Visit in Bangkok
Ba Ba Liu
To have yourself treat with some mouthwatering delicacies in a setting that is next to perfect is one of the off-beat things to do in Bangkok. The amazing Ba Ba Liu restaurant allows its customers to eat in a food bowl that is conveniently placed on top of a beverage cup or glass.
A straw comes up straight through a miniature hole allowing you to eat and drink at one given time without having to hold two items. Further adding on the food is mouthwatering Taiwanese delicacies like Sichuan pork balls, spicy noodles as well as some street food items including sweet potatoes and deep fried chicken.
Location - Siam Square Soi 7
Timings - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price - 45 THB/ INR 100 For ala carte drinks, 210 THB/ INR 472 For combo sets, 50 THB/ INR 112 For ala carte meals
This old restaurant can be easily recognized by the massive stewing pot placed right at the entrance on Ekkamai Road. Wattana Panich Restaurant is surely one of the best local places to enjoy delicious food.
Places in the pot are the very popular stew with tender beef cubes bubbling away all day in exotic Chinese flavors. The rich gravy is prepared using Chinese herbs and the delicious beef dish is served with noodles. You can pick a meal size as per your choice as they serve regular as well as large meal bowls. There is also a wide range of noodle types to pick from.
Location - 336 338 Ekkamai Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Timings - 9:30 am to 8:00 pm except on Mondays
Price - 80 THB/ INR 180 for regular, 100 THB/ INR 225 for a large bowl of noodles, and 200 THB/ INR 450 starting price for adding more tender goat meat to the dish.
Insects in the Backyard
Bugs made dishes are not new to the ancient Thai culture but it is something quite unique for the visitors. One of the unusual places to visit in Bangkok is a unique restaurant named Insects in the backyard. This is the first fine dining place in Thailand that casts a highlight on various edible critters.
This unique themed restaurant is an insect wonderland boasting a massive grasshopper dummy placed over the facade of the restaurant. Further, the restaurant interior is decorated with exotic plants, rustic detailing and insects made up of plastic. Their menu features various Western delicacies with insects as a protein source.
Location - Bang Phlat, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
Timings - 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Price - Approximately less than 500 THB/ INR 1125 for 2 depending upon the dishes you order
Crab and Claw
Crab and Claw is yet another one of the unusual places to visit in Bangkok as it brings you the flavors and spices of New England in a twisted form while in Bangkok. You can pick either the buffet or the ale carte as per your desire and no matter what you pick the taste of the seafood prepared by them would be worth it all. Amongst the various delicacies of the restaurant, some of the popular ones include oysters, lobster, and crab.
Location - Sukhumvit Road EmQuartier Shopping Mall, Khlong Tan Nuea, Bangkok 10110 Thailand
Timings - 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Price - As per the dishes ordered
Another marvel added to the list of unusual places to visit in Bangkok is Vista kitchen. This restaurant comes as a pleasant surprise for the visitors as it serves perfectly healthy food which is way too delicious.
The uniqueness is that they prepare and serve food as per your blood type as per the popular book by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo named "Eat Right for your Type". Now, where do you find such a unique and customized dining place?
Location - 83/7 Wireless Rd., Lumpini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Timings - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price - As per the dishes you order
Suan Aharn Kraton
Nestled on Bangna Road opposite to Royal Dragon lies the unique dining place named Suan Aharn Kraton. One of the most unique things to do in Bangkok is to get served with flying chicken at this amazing restaurant. This is an outdoor restaurant pleasantly designed.
It is popular for serving the deliciously cooked chicken with a twist. As you place your order, the acrobatic performers use their skills, toss and get a hold of the uncooked chicken, ride around the place and set fire to it and finally end up delivering your ordered meal to your table with flair. This is something to definitely check out when in Bangkok.
Location - 99/1 Bangna Trad, Bangna, Bangkok. opposite BITEC and Royal Dragon
Timings - Open every day only for dinner
Price - As per the dishes you order
Visit an Aeroplane Graveyard
One of the topmost unusual things to do in Bangkok includes paying a visit to the fascinating aeroplane graveyard, where you can see a series of abandoned planes from erstwhile airlines. You can actually climb into the planes, including the deserted cockpits, walk through the aisles and look through the windshield of these old planes that have laid here for decades.
Some of these planes are also used as homes by locals who have occupied these giant machines that now lay abandoned. The place is eerie, but also super fascinating if you want to explore the inside of an aeroplane like never before.
Location: Ramkhamhaeng Alley 103, Hua Mak, Bang Kapi District, Bangkok 10240, Thailand
Timing: Monday to Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
Ride a Non-Touristy Longtail Boat
Nothing is as exciting as exploring the capital city of Thailand like a local, on a traditional longtail boat. This is amongst some of the most unusual things to do in Bangkok because this is not how traditionally tourists travel in the city. Thus, if you are looking for a unique and non-touristy experience, this is it. A longtail boat can hold up to 6 people at a time.
You can explore the historical district of Thonburi and even go on a tuk-tuk ride to make the experience more local and authentic. You can also get deep insight into the lives of the locals in Bangkok and learn a lot about their culture, food and history through these interesting tours.
Location: 66 Charoen Nakhon Rd. 32/1, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
Timings: Monday to Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Explore a Traditional Pottery Village
If you are looking for unique things to do in Bangkok, you must consider visiting a traditional pottery village that is a vital aspect of Thai culture. There are dedicated areas in and around Bangkok where the locals make handcrafted pottery items that are known for their intricate design.
This is an art that has survived several generations and the privilege to witness some of the artisans at work is something that you won’t forget anytime soon. Most of the items are made out of terracotta and used for prayer in the many temples of Bangkok.
Location: Chao Phraya River, north of Bangkok, Thailand
Timings: Open 24 hours