So you’re done with temple hopping and you can’t face any more retail therapy (for now). What’s there to do in Bangkok? Steering clear of the generic touristy hot spots, here are our top three Must Dos:
1. Lumphini Park
If you come from a country where lounging monitor lizards aren’t commonplace, then you’re in for a treat. Head to Lumphini Park, Bangkok’s central park and hire a giant swan paddle boat for 40THB per hour (you will need to put down an 80THB bond). As you paddle furiously around the small lake look out for curious turtles, birdlife, hungry catfish and big monitor lizards gliding through the water or sun baking on the banks. It’s a fun couple of hours and you feel totally removed from the hustle and bustle of the city.
2. Khlong Toey Market
Khlong Toey is where Bangkok locals come to buy everything from live chickens and ducks, freshly caught seafood, kitchen supplies, clothes to fresh fruit and vegetables, you name it, Khlong Toey has it. Arrive early in the morning and make sure you’re wearing covered shoes. It’s a massive riot of sound, smells, colour and life and unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before.
We caught the MRT to Khlong Toey and then walked east on Rama IV road for about ten minutes until we reached the intersection of Rama IV and Narong Road. The market is a sprawling mass and is unmissable.
3. Museum of Contemporary Art
You’re likely to have this museum to yourself on your visit which simply adds to its appeal. The modern granite building with its vast, soaring ceilings and white light is a joy to walk around. The museum houses an impressive collection of Thai contemporary art- I loved the abundance of sculpture and ‘interactive’ pieces. We caught the BTS Skytrain to Mo Chit and then caught a cab from there to MOCA. Well worth a visit.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm
Adult admission 180THB
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