The Shoestring Backpacker’s Guide to Free Things To Do in Bangkok
Come on, let’s face it—not ALL of the best things in life are free. However, there are a couple of things in Bangkok that you can enjoy that won’t cost you anything. If you’re traveling on a shoestring budget, here are a few FREE activities and places you can add to your itinerary:
- Get away from the hustle and bustle and take refuge in Lumpini Park
Bangkok city life can be very exhausting and overwhelming at times. Thankfully, you can take a stroll in Lumpini Park to get a much-needed breather, away from the chaos and to recharge after a day of window shopping and sightseeing. It’s one of Bangkok’s most ideal places for relaxing, as you can enjoy the lush gardens, tranquil lake, and perhaps people-watch. You can even sit here and make friends with the friendly stray cats. If you’re looking for some exercise, the park also hosts a free aerobics session.
- Visit the beautiful Thai temples
- Watch some Muay Thai action
On Wednesday nights (6pm), free Muay Thai boxing matches are held at the MBK Center. Whether you’re a fan of boxing or the art of self-dense, or not, you will find these matches highly enjoyable. Consider it a part of Thai culture immersion that you can enjoy without having to spend anything.
- Get a view of the city from atop of Wat Saket
This beautiful, golden temple is a nice vantage point to view Bangkok from a higher altitude, though you have to climb 318 steps to reach it. The path ascending to the top is beautiful too, that goes around prayer bells, waterfalls, and tropical gardens.
- Explore Bangkok’s Chinatown
Chinatowns are always places that have a lot to offer in terms of sights, smells, sounds, and tastes. Bangkok’s Chinatown is a great place to take a break from Thai culture. Wander around and visit Chinese temples for free, explore the shops and flower markets, go window-shopping, and simply absorb the culture. You can also meet the 3 large crocodiles housed at Wat Chakrawatrachawat Woramahawihan temple.
- Watch some traditional dances
At Erawan Shrine, conveniently located within the shopping areas and urban sprawl of Bangkok, Thai classical dancers perform traditional dances several times a day. Witnessing such dance performances is a great way to take a break from the chaos of the city and indulge in a culture-filled experience.
- Visit the Old Flower Market
Here you can stop and smell the flowers, literally. This 24-hour flower market is a great sight to see if you love plants. You’ll be able to spot large varieties of tropical flowers in all sizes and colors. The best time to head here is around 4am in the morning when fresh flower deliveries have just arrived.
Simply by just walking around Bangkok, there’s always something beautiful that will stop you in your tracks and make you linger for a while, without you having to shell out any money. Bangkok is a city steeped in rich culture, and there’s a lot of free things to do for someone who’s just eager to explore.