6 Free things to do in Bangkok

Bangkok is a thriving, friendly, and beautiful city that offers its visitors a number of free activities to choose from. 

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Bangkok is a thriving, friendly, and beautiful city that offers its visitors a number of free activities to choose from. Whether you enjoy listening to music, sampling deliciously authentic cuisine, or even walking around and taking in the stunning sights and rich history of the city, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here are the top six free things you can enjoy whilst visiting Bangkok.

Visit the Flower Market in the Old Town

The Flower Market, otherwise known as Pak Khlong Talad, is a must-see for every visitor. Providing what represents one of the most beautiful gardens you’ll ever see, the Flower Market is filled with a huge variety of flowers and stems that you’ll rarely find elsewhere. It’s completely free to visit, and what’s more, the actual flowers are extremely affordable meaning you can take home plenty of souvenirs.

Nearest station: Saphan Taksin Station
Opening days: Friday to Wednesday
Opening times: 10am to 10pm

Enjoy meditation classes at Wat Mahathat

The city of Bangkok boasts plenty of hustle and bustle, but at times, a moment of peace and tranquillity is required. Wat Mahathat offers the best in both meditation and Buddhism – it is a temple and the largest monastery order in Thailand. It is one of the oldest temples within the city, and is filled with artefacts and amulets that are used to bring health, fortune or love. Although you may not speak Thai, there are some sessions that are held in English at certain times, so it’s worth researching before planning a visit.

Nearest station: Wat Phra Sri Mahathat Station
Opening days: Every day
Opening times: 9am to 5pm

Visit the Erawan Shrine

The Erawan Shrine is the most notable within the city, due to its rich Buddhist history. To celebrate, there are Thai dancers and cultural music to ensure the experience for both tourists and local Thai residents, is as memorable as possible. If after visiting you feel like a coffee in a cool air-conditioned climate then Greenhouse at Landmark Bangkok offers this and local dishes. Take the subway to Nana or walk in 10-15 minutes.

Nearest station: Chidlom Station
Opening days: Every day
Opening times: 6am to 11pm

Terminal 21 Mall

If you’re visiting Bangkok, then you simply must stop by Terminal 21 Mall. It is a mall like no other – the concept being that you’re able to shop in various stores which represent their corresponding country. On one floor, you’ll discover stores that you’d find on the Champs-Élysées, and on the floor below, you may find yourself in Carnaby Street, London. It’s an incredibly unique shopping experience and is completely free to visit. You may need some money to spend whilst there, though!

Nearest station: Asok Station
Opening days: Every day
Opening times: 10am to 10pm

Rod Fai Night Market

If you’re looking for an authentic, open-air, Asian market, then you don’t need to look any further than the Rod Fai Night Market. This is a massive market which boasts three different sections and covers a vast area – you can purchase vintage clothing, vehicles and classic antiques. With the addition of food carts, snack bars and restaurants, visitors can relax and enjoy an evening filled with Asian artefacts, whilst sampling the delicious food on offer.

Nearest station: On Nut Station
Opening days: Thursday to Sunday
Opening times: 5pm to 1am

Hidden trains of Bangkok

Although this attraction may not be to everyone’s taste, it certainly is a free activity worth considering, especially if you’re looking to escape the busy city for an afternoon. The site is located a little way away from the nearest station, and you will walk through a small, friendly, railway neighbourhood before you spot the hidden trains. These vehicles really are a spectacle, ranging in age, model, and history. It’s definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re looking for a little adventure and excitement and best of all, completely free to visit!

Nearest station: Mo Chit Station
Opening days: Every day
Opening times: All times

Bangkok is one of the most culturally diverse, beautiful, historic and entertaining cities in the world. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, to suit all manner of budgets, with plenty to do free of charge. Be sure to plan and do your research beforehand so that you have enough time to do as much as possible because you’ll be sure to want to sample everything this incredible city has to offer.



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