If you have been to Bangkok before and done all the touristy sites, or if it’s your first time and you’d like to include fun and unique places in your itinerary to see while you’re here then this list of fun and unique places to visit in Bangkok is for you!
Aside from the stunning temples and the infamous Chatuchak weekend market, there are lots of interesting things you can do in Bangkok that will make you experience Bangkok a little differently.
These are the activities which I have visited and recommended by my Singaporean friends to visit and very feasible to include in your itinerary
1. Visit the Aeroplane junkyard
Yes, you read that right. This is essentially a piece of land with dismantled pieces of airplanes. But don’t let this deter you because this has to be one of the most unreal places there is.
There is an entrance fee per se of about 200 Baht which is paid to a family who is looking after the site.
If you are a photographer then you would probably get more out of this place than most of the others – you can capture so many variations of urban photography with a touch of relic added to it. Or if you are someone who has a keen interest in airplanes. Either way, it’s a great place to get a unique picture here, perhaps for your Instagram?
p.s: If you do climb up, make sure your tetanus shots are up to date.
Address: Ramkhamhaeng Alley 103, Khwaeng Hua Mak, Khet Bang Kapi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10240, Thailand
2. Play with Huskies at the Truelove@Neverland Husky Cafe
This is probably heaven on earth for animal and dog lovers alike!
Imagine playing with 20 to 30 huskies and sheepdogs for an hour! With your ticket, you will also get a complimentary drink and a choice of cake – psst….choose the ice cream cake, it’s so good!
Tickets are on a first come first serve basis, therefore, it is best to come early as you cannot book in advance. There are 2 sessions every day – one at 1 pm and the other at 4 pm and each session last between 1.5 hours to 2 hours. Personally, their structure is one of the best, as you get a full hour to spend with the dogs and pictures, are free!
If you are planning to visit here, I recommend allocating half a day for this and make sure to take a group picture with the darlings.
Find out more in detail about Truelove@Neverland here
Ticket price: 500 Baht
Address: 153 Soi Ari Samphan 2, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
3. Walk on a glass floor at King Power Mahanakhon SkyWalk
There’s a glass floor located at the top of Thailand’s second tallest building, the King Power Mahanakhon. It has an observation deck and a rooftop bar where you have a 360-degree view of Bangkok skyline with an addition of a large glass floor that juts out over the edge of the building!
First, experience one of the fastest lifts to see the incredible 360-degree views of Bangkok from the indoor observation hall on Level 74. Or you can upgrade or get a ticket to do both, to get the Mahanakhon SkyWalk experience by gaining access to the high outdoor observation deck on level 78 via a hydraulic glass lift.
If you are not afraid of heights – you should definitely go for this, and even if you are, the observation deck has beautiful views!
Price: Tickets to access all levels cost 795 Baht. At the moment, there is a discount till 30th June 2019 for one adult (Observatory and Rooftop) costs: 726.00 THB
Opening time: Mahanakhon SkyWalk is open daily from 10 am until midnight (last admission at 11 pm).
Address: 114 Naradhiwat Rajanagarindra Rd, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
4. Go shopping at the Iconsiam
The newest ‘shopping center’ in Bangkok and you can visit here on your way to see the temples on the boat. It’s not hard to miss this building on your riverboat ride to the temples – Grand is probably the best word for this.
They have eight floors filled with shops, Thailand’s first Takashimaya, a Japanese department store which is a must go if you love Japanese items, and lots of dining options. They also have an outdoor River park, a riverside public space and the largest multimedia water feature in South East Asia.
Address: 299, Soi Charoen Nakhon 5, Charoen Nakhon Road | Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
5. Walk underwater with the sharks at Sealife Ocean World
This is for all the adventure lovers out there! You can swim with the sharks in Sealife, probably one of the most of heart-stopping alternative things to do in Bangkok! (and yes, that’s me in that picture)
Located on the basement of Siam Paragon shopping centre (one level below the foodcourt), sign up at the reception desk for the underwater walk.
It cost 2500 Baht, but if you get the tourist pass (which is free with your passport) at the main shopping centre reception desk, you get a discount – I paid 2000 Baht for this. Includes a swimsuit, free photographs which the staff will take of you and video, as well as a free pass to explore Sealife after your dive.
You are brought inside the back of Sealife, and change into your diving gear. The instructor is always on hand to help and guide you. And inside the tank you go!
Sharks will be swimming pass you and all the fishes! It’s legit a very surreal experience, and for once, you know what the fishes feel like seeing humans on the other side of the glass waving at you!
Price: 2,500 Baht includes admission, swimsuit, and diving gear (without tourist pass discount)
Address: SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World. B1-B2 Floor, Siam Paragon,
991 Rama 1 Rd, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand.
6. Pay respects at the Penis Shrine
Locals visit these shrines to pray and achieve one thing – Fertility. There’s a shrine behind the Swissotel Bangkok Hotel, dedicated to a female deity called Chao Mae Tubtim. It has been told that women who are unable to conceive visits here with an offering in hopes that the spirit will grant them a child.
If you do decide to visit here, please keep in mind that this is a spiritual place. It will be courteous to not overcrowd taking pictures too. It’s also respectful to bring offerings. Food and fruits are a safe bet or whatever you think a female deity might enjoy.
Address: Swissotel Bangkok Nai Lert Park – Nearest metro station to this place: BTS Chit Lom and BTS Phloen Chit. From there you can find the shrine about 10 minutes on foot.
7. Dine on insects at a night market
This is probably not the most unique or alternative places to visit in Bangkok. It is more of a must do in my opinion. There are plenty of night markets dotted around Bangkok.
Filled with delicious food, street Thai food, and of course, insects! I chickened out and tried a silkworm instead only because it had no legs haha! And you know what, it tasted like salted peanuts! No kidding, I was baffled by this. So if you are hesitant, get one, close your eyes and pop it into your mouth. It might just surprise you in a good way!
Where? There are multiple night markets in Bangkok:
- One is the famous Rot Fai Market in Srinakarin at Srinakarin Road Soi 51. This one though famous on Instagram for their colourful aesthetics from above is a bit out of town.
- Another one within Bangkok is the Rot Fai Market, Ratchada. This market is at Ratcadaphisek Road (Close to the Esplanade Shopping Mall and nearest MRT is the National Cultural Centre
Have you got a secret gem or must-see place to visit in Bangkok? Please let me know in the comments below!
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I loved reading about all these alternative things to do in Bangkok. While I doubt I would have the courage to walk underwater with the sharks, I would absolutely love to visit the King Power Mahanakhon SkyWalk and the Husky cafe. The views from the skywalk, especially around sunset must be so incredible.
Great post, Courtney. I’ve lived in Bangkok for a few months and visited again since, but much of this was new to me. Always loved the fried grasshoppers, though. Yummo. 🙂
Thank you soooo much! Most of these opened within the last year, think the city is just forever coming up with exciting new places every year to keep us on our toes haha. Love it though. You are so brave! Have yet to try the grasshoppers! Have you tried cockroaches?
I’ve just been to the Skywalk – it’s really cool if you manage to beat the crowds. The airplane junkyard is also on my bucket list.
Ahh that’s awesome! Know what you mean about the crowds, visited near sunset and it was packed that time, quite possibly it’s been raining the last few days and that was the first day of no rain during the days I was there haha! Let me know what you think of the airplane yard when you visit it next time 🙂
Wow, so many nice ideas to do off the beaten track in Thailand. I’ve been to Thailand, but only for 1 day, so we did all the usual touristy stuff. What I would not expect in Thailand is to be able to play with huskies. Interesting list!
Cool! We’ll be visiting Thailand next year, so we’ll be keeping some of these spots in mind. Thanks for the ideas!
Ah yay! Glad to have helped! Have lots of fun in Thailand! Whereabouts are you visiting?
I’ve been to Bangkok but it was quite a few years ago now, and these activities mostly look quite new. Definitely worth considering making the trip back!
Hi Jill, you’re right! Most on this list either just opened a few months ago or at least within a year (if I remember correctly). I think this list will possibly increase every year haha. Bangkok is forever changing in the best way 🙂