Top Free Things to Do in Bangkok
Bangkok is an exotic travel location for numerous people around the world. And it’s not surprising, because here you can find everything: great food, breath-taking scenery, cheap shopping, great culture, amazing history with world-famous monuments and go on. And on top of that, there are plenty of things that you can visit and do completely free of charge. In this post you can find some interesting tourist sight-seeing spots as well as hidden treasures, that won’t cost you one single baht to experience.
Yes, Bangkok is one of the cities all over the world, who has its own Chinatown. And Bangkok’s Chinatown is a remarkable place to see and enjoy for free. Chinatown is one of the oldest parts of the city, and a lot of the architecture here dates back from 18thcentury. When you enter Chinatown’s on Yaowarat Street, you will enter a labyrinth of little streets that buzz with life, energy and hectic street activities swirling around local shops, food stalls and markets.
The most significant building is the historic Wat Traimit, Temple of the Golden Buddha that you can see for free in Bangkok. The Temple is the location of the world largest golden Buddha, 5 feet tall, that was constructed in the 14th century. Here is also located the Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Centre where you can find out more about the Chinese immigration to Thailand, and how Chinese culture mixed with Thai during previous times.
You can easily spend one full day exploring Chinatown in Bangkok, believe me, it is worth it! While walking here don’t miss an opportunity to try a street food that is delicious and very cheap here.
Relax in Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Queen Sirikit Park
Yes, there are green areas in concrete Bangkok and they are free to visit as well. If you love peaceful walks through parks, breathing-in beautiful flower scents and observing butterflies, you will be able to experience this in Bangkok for free. Pay a visit to Rot Fai Park (Kamphaeng Phet 3 Road, Chatuchak), where you can experience the beauty of numerous different butterfly species.
After enjoying these fairy-like insects, move on to nearby Queen Sirikit Park with its well-kept flower alleys and other greenery. You’ll find the park located east of Chatuchak Park on Phahonyothin Road. Check this Tips for Budget Bangkok Vacations to find more places you can visit that won’t cost you an arm and leg.
Free entrance to a number of museums in Bangkok
Bangkok has numerous museums, and you can actually enter quite a few of them free of charge. Let check which of them.
Bangkok Museum – Has many exhibitions, which will give you true insight into Thailand culture and values.
Royal Thai Elephant Museum – You will surely enjoy a visit to the Royal Thai Elephant Museum, where you will learn more about the importance that these magnificent animals had in Thailand history. There are even stables for white (albino) elephants, there were in previous times considered to be special creatures.
Silpa Bhirasri Memorial Museum – Exhibits Thai modern art, founded by an Italian artist who moved to Thailand and there changed his name to Silpa Bhirasri when becoming Thailand citizen at the beginning of 20th century.
Corrections Museum – Is also free for visiting museum, that used to be a prison until the 20th century. The prison history of Bangkok and Thailand is both interesting and deeply, deeply disturbing. This museum will definitely make you wonder about the cruelty of human nature, that apparently lies within.