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Bangkok Off the Beaten Path

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Tired of the same old tourist trails in the capital cities you've visited? Maybe it’s a case of ‘been there, done that’ when it comes to Bangkok? Perhaps you simply like your travel experiences to be as unusual and unique as you are. Either way, get ready for Bangkok off the beaten path…

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  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Shrine of the Goddess Tubtim

Religious sites

Pariwat Temple

Landmarks & points of interest

Siriraj Medical Museum

History museums, Science museums, Natural history museums, Speciality museums, Museums

Bangkok Corrections Museum

Speciality museums

Bang Krachao

Islands, Neighbourhoods, Parks

Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub)

Flea & street markets

Khlong Toey Market

Flea & street markets

Jim Thompson House

Architectural buildings, Speciality museums

Train night maket

Flea & street markets

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

Speciality shops

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • When shopping in Bangkok, haggling for unpriced items is expected – but a confrontational approach is not. Being friendly and smiling while you haggle goes a long way in Bangkok.
  • The Skytrain and MRT (metro/subway) provide an easy way to get around the city. Get a day or week pass and hop aboard for Bangkok, minus the traffic.
  • If you do take a taxi, insist your driver uses the meter. If they refuse, simply get out and find another who will. Tuk tuks are a fun way to get around, but always agree on a price before heading off.
  • Be respectful when it comes to religion and the Thai royal family. Thailand have laws against disrespecting the royal family, and that extends to items that depict them.
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    Shrine of the Goddess Tubtim
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    Kirsty S Says:

    There’s a phallus shrine at the back of the Swissotel Nai Lert Hotel in central Bangkok. Yes, it’s exactly as it sounds. From small wooden sculptures to huge stone monuments, this is an unusual attraction even for Bangkok's standards. The shrine pays homage to Chao Mae Tubtim, a female fertility spirit. It sees local women visiting to pay their respects when trying to conceive but is also open to any visitors whose curiosity gets the better of them.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Word has it that if you arrive at around 10am, the hotel staff can sometimes be found burning incense at the shrine.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #108 of 213 attractions in Bangkok
    • Easy and quick stop to Bangkok's oddball side 26/02/2015
    • Fun Attraction 19/12/2014
    • Shrine of the Goddess Tubtim
    Address:
    Grounds of the Swissotel Nai Lert Hotel
    Bangkok
    Thailand
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    Pariwat Temple
    Landmarks & points of interest
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    Kirsty S Says:

    There’s a Buddhist temple in Bangkok that has an effigy of David Beckham within it. Wat Pariwas sits right on the Chao Praya River within Chinatown. It’s important to note that this is not a temple that’s entirely dedicated to the man himself – but he’s certainly in there, carved inconspicuously into the alter. In fact, half the fun is finding him amid the garudas (guardian demons).

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Wat Pariwas is located on Rama III Road. The easiest way to get there is to take the BTS Skytrain to Chong Nonsi station, and then get a taxi from there (about a 15-minute drive).
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #165 of 213 attractions in Bangkok
    • Wat Pariwat - the "David Beckham Temple" :-) 26/09/2014
    • Pariwat Temple
    Address:
    762 Rama 3 Rd
    Bang Phong Pang, Yan Nawa
    Bangkok 10120
    Thailand
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    Siriraj Medical Museum
    History museums, Science museums, Natural history museums, Speciality museums, Museums
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Not for the faint of heart, the Siriraj Medical Museum is not only unusual, it’s downright morbid. The museum is located inside the Siriraj Hospital on the west banks of the Chao Phraya River, and displays such artefacts as dissected and deformed body parts and preserved human skeletons. It’s niche to say the least. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • This is far from a family-friendly attraction, so if you’re on holiday with the kids, give this one a miss.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 213 attractions in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A gruesomly interesting way to spend a morning 25/03/2015
    • The squimish might need thick skins or be selective - but give it a try 24/03/2015
    • Siriraj Medical Museum
    Address:
    Siriraj Hospital, 2 Wang Lang Rd.
    Siriraj, Bangkok Noi
    Bangkok 10700
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +6624192619
    Other:
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    Bangkok Corrections Museum
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Located on Maha Chai Road (past Chinatown and just before Wat Suthat) the Corrections Museum is a highly unusual Bangkok attraction. It’s situated in what’s left of an old maximum security prison that was built in 1890. The museum serves to educate the public of the horrifying way the prisoners were treated there – and it certainly does just that.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    Tips
    • The Bangkok Corrections Museum is another attraction not suitable for families with children.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #98 of 213 attractions in Bangkok
    • Closed for renovations 17/02/2015
    • Small but entertaining 28/01/2015
    • Bangkok Corrections Museum
    Address:
    Maha Chai Road
    Bangkok
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 2 5269014
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    Bang Krachao
    Islands, Neighbourhoods, Parks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Many visitors to Bangkok don’t know it, but there’s an (almost) island of expansive, unspoiled greenery located just across the Chao Phraya River. Pretty much void of commercial development, Bang Krachao is instead filled with mangroves and orchards and is a great place to escape from hectic city life for a while.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bang Krachao can easily be reached within 10 minutes by boat from Khlong Toey Port.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 5 attractions in Samut Prakan
    • Great Half Day Bike Tour Here 25/03/2015
    • Nice break from the big city 22/03/2015
    • Bang Krachao
    Address:
    Bang Krachao Phapradeang
    Samut Prakan
    Thailand
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    Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub)
    Flea & street markets
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    Kirsty S Says:

    You’ll have to duck out of the city for this one, but it’ll be worth it to see one of the most unusual markets in the country – if not the world. Situated in Samut Songkhram, just under 40 miles west of Bangkok, the unsuspecting Maeklong Railway Market sees trains passing directly through it up to eight times a day. Situated literally right on the railway line, the market vendors have to scoop up their wares to allow the trains to pass through, and then everything goes back to exactly how it was! Quite a bizarre occurrence that has to be seen to be believed.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • To reach the Maeklong Railway Market from Bangkok, take the Skytrain to Victory Monument Station and catch a mini-van service from there.
    • Train timetables are liable to changes so check the updated timetable on display at the Maeklong Railway station nearby.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 shopping & fashion in Samut Songkhram
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great expereince 17/03/2015
    • Where trains travel through a market 16/03/2015
    • Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub)
    Address:
    Muang Samut Songkram
    Samut Songkhram 75000
    Thailand
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    Khlong Toey Market
    Flea & street markets
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    Kirsty S Says:

    A visit to the Khlong Toey Market is a real local experience – and definitely one for the foodies. It’s a sprawling and chaotic fresh food market tucked away deep within the concrete city blocks near the centre of town. The market sells a lot of raw meat and seafood, along with a variety of freshly cooked dishes, and is a world away from the tourist-centric markets you may have visited in the past.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Opening hours are 6am to 2pm so be sure to get there nice and early to make the most of the atmosphere (and food!) before it winds down.
    • To reach Khlong Toey Market, take the MRT subway to Klong Toey station and head east on Rama IV Road for ten minutes until you see the market on your right.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 278 shopping & fashion in Bangkok
    • The real deal... 02/03/2015
    • market 17/02/2015
    • Khlong Toey Market
    Address:
    intersection of Rama IV and Narong Road
    Khlongtoei
    Bangkok 10110
    Thailand
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    Jim Thompson House
    Architectural buildings, Speciality museums
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Already famous for reviving silk weaving in the country, it was American Jim Thompson’s sudden and mysterious disappearance in 1967 while walking in the Cameron Highlands that turned him into a household name in Thailand. His house is made up of six teak buildings that are now home to artifacts from his private silk collection, as well as a museum. Sure, there’s likely to be other tourists on your visit but its off-the-tourist-track location tends to keep numbers down. Plus it makes a change from visiting temples and palaces for the afternoon.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • You can reach the house either by subway or via a klong boat, as it sits on the banks of a canal.
    • Jim Thompson’s House and museum is open daily and a small entrance fee includes a guided tour.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 213 attractions in Bangkok
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 6 stars, great place, great atmosphere 26/03/2015
    • Worth visiting 26/03/2015
    • Jim Thompson House
    Address:
    6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Rd
    Bangkok 10110
    Thailand
    Phone:
    662-216-7368
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Train night maket
    Flea & street markets
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The Train Night Market is no more. Well it is, but it has moved and is now referred to as Rod Fai. Most tourists head to Chatuchak Market when they want to experience one of the capital’s large markets. But for a more authentic feel of an open-air night bazaar selling everything imaginable, savvy visitors to Bangkok head here. It’s unique in that it sells a vast array of vintage collectables and retro memorabilia alongside the usual fare, and you won’t find a great deal of tourists here either.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • The Rod Fai Market is open Thursday to Sunday in the evenings only, winding down at around midnight.
    • The market is now located at Srinakarin Soi 51, just behind Seacon Square Shopping Mall. The best way to get there is via taxi.
    • There are plenty of restaurants and food stalls at the market, so head there as it opens at sunset and grab some dinner before you wander around the stalls.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 278 shopping & fashion in Bangkok
    • Good place to hand around but be there early. 15/03/2015
    • New old 14/03/2015
    • Train night maket
    Address:
    Srinakarin Soi 51, Srinakarin Road
    Nong Bon, Prawet,
    Bangkok 10250
    Thailand
    Phone:
    081-8275885
    Hours:
    Thu - Sun
    17:00 - 5:00
    Other:
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    Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
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    Kirsty S Says:

    It may be smaller, but Khlong Lat Mayom is much more of a local affair than the more popular Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa Floating Markets near Bangkok. A relaxed local market in a lush rural setting, here you can eat at a ‘boat restaurant’, hire a vessel to drift down the canal in, or browse the dry market for handicrafts and souvenirs to take home.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The market is only open on weekend days.
    • Arrive hungry! There are plenty of food choices to keep your taste buds happy.
    • To reach the market, catch the BTS Skytrain to Wang Wian Yai station and then take a taxi.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 278 shopping & fashion in Bangkok
    • Great Day Out 15/03/2015
    • Local floating market 20/02/2015
    • Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market
    Address:
    30/15 Moo 11 Talatnam Khlong Lat Mayom, Bang Ramat Road
    Khwaeng Bang Ramat, Khet Taling Chan
    Bangkok 10170
    Thailand
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