Bangkok is one of my favorite cities now. Not just because of it’s shopping markets but also for it’s beautiful temples & palaces. But Budget travelers in Bangkok are faced with a big dilemma. The city is teeming with top attractions and must-see things to add to travel itineraries, but these can be daunting for those trying to travel on the cheap. For example, you have to buy ticket to enter Grand Palace & also the Wat Arun temple. If you want to enjoy marine life, you have to buy Sea World Bangkok ticket too. But don’t worry, there are also lots free things to do in Bangkok that are super fun. Read on to find out more about these free things to do in Bangkok and try including these things in your itinery to save some bucks while travelling.
11+ Fun & Free Things To Do In Bangkok, Thailand
1. Lumphini Park
This beautiful park offers some much-cherished breathing room away from the busy streets of Bangkok. It is almost 58 hectares. Also you can check out the statue of the king at the south-western entrance.
2. Chatuchak Weekend Market
You simply cannot miss the world’s largest market whether you’ve money to shop or not. Its home to over 5,000 stalls which are spread across more than 35 acres. Get ready for a sensual surplus as you pass stalls selling clothing, relics, live animals and more. Even if you don’t want to shop, you can simply visit this market and enjoy the vibes.
3. The world-famous Khao San Road
Bangkok’s Khao San Road is the backpacking capital of the universe. It is almost unavoidable that you will visit it. It is one of the most attractive streets in the world. It is filled with inexpensive hotels, hostels, bars, guesthouses tours, shops selling everything from garments to portable bags and limitless street food options.
4. The Golden Mount (Wat Saket)
The Golden Mount Soi Borommabanphot Ban Bat is nearby from the Khao San Road. Here you will find 318 steps to a temple at the top having a large golden Buddha. Moreover, you’ll also get to see the spectacular views over the rooftops of Bangkok.
5. The Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
The grounds of Queen Sikit Botanical Garden in Rot Fai Park are very pretty and it is home to more than 500 butterflies and other types of insect. Carry your camera and keep a watch for some colorful, momentary photo opportunities. This is a relaxing place to go after being in the nearby Chatuchak Weekend Market.
6. Sun set over Wat Arun
Of all the temples along the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun is the most visually stunning. While it’s great to visit it close up, make sure to head across the river it to relax and watch as the sun sets behind it. You can simply sit on the other side of the river & watch the sunset. It’s magical, trust me!
7. Terminal 21
This is one unique mall that you’ve got to visit. This is world’s one of it’s kind city-themed mall. So, every floor depicts a famous city. It has New York, San Fran, Rome, Paris and more floors to enjoy. And yes, entry it free!
8. Wander around the crazy streets of Chinatown
Chinatown is a high-liveliness area of shops, kiosks, tapered lanes and food merchants selling everything from jewels to traditional medication. This is also the oldest part of Bangkok.
9. Pretty Flower Market
Pak Khlong Talad aka Bangkok Flower Market is a bright and beautiful spectacle which is treat for eyes. It is a good & refreshing feeling to roam in this market passing by the little shops having bundles of multicolored roses, orchids, and more. It is hard to resist buying flowers but don’t buy if you don’t need it. You can click lots of pics too!
10. Explore Asiatique Waterfront
This is highly recommended. Asiatique waterfront is a beautiful place to eat, shop or simply relax. It’s a huge hub and evenings are on fire. If you are lucky, you’ll get to enjoy free Thai Muay Fight too. I loved sitting at the waterfront simply enjoying the Bangkok glittering skyline.
11. Erawan Shrine
If you will search list of things to do in Bangkok, you will find this in that list. Of course there are so many Shrines all over the city but Erawan Shrine is one that you shouldn’t miss. It is beautiful, located in the heart of the city and you might get to enjoy live music & dance by local Thai artists.
So this was the list of fun & free things to do in Bangkok. Also read Ultimate Bangkok Guide For First Timers -From Planning To Survival Tips
Also, don’t forget to watch my Solo In Bangkok short film (Bangkok vlog) here: