When you’ve been to Bangkok several times, the thought of going to Pratunam, Chautchak, and their famous temples might seem a bit too “been-there-done-that” to you. Fortunately, you never really run out of things to do in this Asian megacity, with so many new attractions and destinations popping up every day, and with so many others that remain to be discovered only by the most intrepid travelers.
So, go ahead and book a trip to Bangkok today, and make sure to include some new and off-the-beaten-path attractions in your list of things to do. You can save money on flights and accommodations by booking a tour package offered by reputable companies like Traveloka (see: https://www.traveloka.com/th-th/packages/thailand/region/bangkok-10000045). Naturally, you can come up with your own personalized itinerary, which is probably a good idea if you have quite a few days to spare in the city. Here are just a few of the things that we recommend.
Shop and Dine at Chang Chui Plane Night Market
One of the recent additions to Bangkok’s night market scene is the Chang Chui Plane Night Market. It’s centerpiece is a retired L-1011 TriStar Lockheed airplane that was initially slated to become a restaurant but is now home to a museum of sorts and a venue for private events.
Translated as “messy artisan,” Chang Chui is more than your average market. It’s touted as a multifunctional “creative park” that welcomes artsy creators and visitors. You can find bookshops, cafes, and other trendy boutiques in the market’s green zone. On the other hand, the red zone is where most of the nightlife establishments and watering holes can be found.
Located at Sirindhorn Road in Thonburi district, Chang Chui is a bit out of the way and not directly accessible by public transport, except through a taxi ride.
Go on a Macabre Tour of the Bangkok Forensic Museum
Satisfy your morbid curiosity and visit the Bangkok Forensic Museum in Siriraj Hospital. The hospital complex actually houses 7 medical museums located within two of its buildings: Ellis Pathological Museum, Congdon Anatomical Museum, Sood Sangvichien Prehistoric Museum and Laboratory, Parasitology Museum, Songkran Niyomsan Forensic Medicine Museum, and the Touch Museum, which was opened in Honor of Queen Mother Sirikit. You can spend an entire day visiting all of them, or you can choose to explore just the really creepy ones, which are the Forensic Museum, Pathological Museum, and the Anatomical Museum.
It’s safe to say that these museums, especially the Forensic Museum, are not for the faint of heart. Expect to see disturbing exhibits such as bodies of babies who died of genetic disorders and preserved in formaldehyde, as well as a mummified corpse of a famous cannibal from the 1950s. All in all, there are around a thousand bodies and body parts on display in the Forensic Museum alone.
Dine in the Medieval Fantasy World of Mocking Tales Cafe
As soon as you walk through the doors of Mocking Tales, you’ll forget that you’re in a 21st century Asian city. With armored knights and dragons greeting guests, the restaurant interiors transport diners to a fantasy version of medieval Europe.
The café serves savory dishes with magical names like Sparkling Twinkle Salmon Steak, the Holy Crab, and the Swanling Duck. However, it’s their jaw-dropping desserts that truly make the dining experience Instagram-worthy. Be prepared to capture the moment when the waiter sets your Inferno Mountain on fire to reveal the cold ice cream treats within, and watch what happens when the server pours liquid fire on a cloud of cotton candy, unveiling a banoffee tart as well as other sweet treats inside.
Take a Death-Defying Stroll on the Mahanakhon SkyWalk
Launched in 2018, the Mahanakhon SkyWalk at the King Power Makanakhon Building is the city’s newest thrilling attraction. Towering over the city at 314 meters, the glass platform will make your heat skip a beat as you peak straight down the street below.
There are actually 3 levels to this attraction: the first is the indoor observatory, the second is the Glass Skywalk with a rooftop bar, and the third is the Peak with a 360-degree rooftop viewpoint. Tickets come with 2 prices, one for the observatory only and another that includes all 3 levels.
Bangkok is a city worthy of multiple visits. With such a diverse range of attractions and destinations on offer, the city will never be boring for anyone. So, when you find yourself in the City of Angels once again, make sure to check out the new and unique Thai experiences you’ve never had before.