10 Best Free Things to Do in Bangkok, Thailand



Whether it is enjoying the green spaces that give escape from the Bangkok traffic and heat, or people watching in the fantastic traditional markets or futuristic boutique malls, you don't have to break the bank in Bangkok, nor even spend any baht for that matter. Spots like the giant green space of Bang Krachao or Suan Rot Fai come without a price tag. and centrally located Lumpini Park is a great public oasis that even has free symphony performances in the cool season!

The traditional floating market life along the Klong Bang Luang in Thonburi is fascinating, but the main reason to come here is to watch the traditional Thai puppet shows at the Baan Silapin Artist's House. Performances are free, but they do welcome donations. Chinatown is also a fantastic place for people watching and walking, there is everything from temples to market alleys to street vendors selling delicious food that is almost as good as free, and make sure to take in a free Chinese opera if one happens to be going on. If the crowds are a bit much, consider heading out to Ko Kret Island, Bangkok's urban escape, where you can go bicycle riding, check out some fantastic pottery, and enjoy a bit of Mon  culture. 

For a glimpse of old Bangkok away from most of the tourist crowds, check out Pak Klong Talad, the city's flower market, which is at its best in the wee hours of the morning, and doesn't cost a single baht, unless you want a bouquet of roses or an array of tropical plants. Finally, for something really weird, go check out the collection of buffalo skulls at the bizarre temple of Wat Hua Krabeu. There is plenty to do here for free.


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Outside the city

Bangkok has some cultural oddities, perhaps none more so than Wat Hua Krabeu, or Temple of the Buffalo Heads, where a monk's penchant for collecting has become somewhat of a crusade. The temple first became famous due to the rather eccentric...  Read More




Taling Chan market is a mainly Thai affair, although a few foreign tour groups now throw it on their itinerary as a far more realistic and traditional market experience than Damnoen Saduak, using boats to ply the waterways of the Thonburi...  Read More




Originally a flea market started in the 1950's by a former prime minister who wanted to put a flea market into every town in Thailand, Chatuchak, more affectionately known as JJ Market, is now the largest market in Thailand. Over 5000 stalls vie...  Read More




Created by King Rama VI in 1932, and named after the birthplace of the Buddha, Lumpini Park is an urban oasis, one of the city's largest parks located smack in the middle of central Bangkok. Besides offering plenty of shady trees under which to...  Read More


Chinatown
Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis


Bangkok's Chinatown is full of history, mazes of tiny alleyways to get lost in, find great food, markets, temples, and one of the few places in the city where it is actually pleasant and preferable to walk, not to mention that none of the...  Read More




Ko Kret is an island in the Chao Phraya River at the northern end of Bangkok. Originally settled by Mons, it is famed for its earthenware ceramics and for the traditional Thai sweet, khao cher, rice served with fragrant water and side dishes...  Read More




It costs nothing to visit, and it is a great glimpse into old Bangkok. This is Bangkok's flower market, where the majority of the capital's flowers are brought to be sold. The 60 plus year old market is extremely colorful, and is a bustling old...  Read More


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Chatuchak


Suan Rot Fai (The Train Park) is located slightly northeast of Chatuchak Park, along one of the city's largest connected green belts. The park sprawls over 150 acres in a space that was once a golf course for the State Railway Association which...  Read More




Baan Silapin Artist's House is an old wooden home that sits on the Klong Bang Luang canal, which is home to a small floating market. The community here, a traditional old Thai group of canal homes, has gotten together to keep its young people...  Read More


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Outside the city


While many might think of Bangkok and nature in the same sentence as being an oxymoron, they probably have never heard of Bang Krachao. Bang Krachao, also known as "the lungs" of Bangkok is a vast area of green space just across the Chao Phraya...  Read More


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Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in Berkeley, California, Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 40,000-kilometer bicycle...  More About Dave

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