For Filipino travelers, Bangkok is associated with great fashion finds at affordable prices. The downside is when you’re all done shopping, you can’t even afford to go exploring. That shouldn’t be the case, especially since Bangkok is a vibrant city that is well worth exploring. Here are five things to do in Bangkok for free!
- Watch Thai dancing at Erawan Shrine
- Wait for ghosts at the Sathorn Unique Tower
- Watch a Muay Thai fight
- Visit the crocodiles of Wat Chakrawat
- Meditate at Wat Mahathat
Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine is right along Ratchadamri Road and about a one minute walk from the Chit Lom subway station. The shrine was built in 1956 to supposedly counteract the bad karma plaguing the construction id the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. Since then, the shrine and its dancers have become an attraction on their own right. If you’ve been longing to see Thai culture up close, here’s a chance to do so for free.
The Asian financial crisis put a stop to the construction of the Sathorn Unique Tower, but it has had an afterlife since. The “Ghost Tower” is just a four minute walk from the Saphan Taksin train station and just a minute away from a bust stop. Supposedly built on top of a graveyard, the Sathorn Unique Tower is a great stop, especially with Halloween around the corner.
If you’re a martial arts aficionado, you’ve definitely heard of Muay Thai. Ticket prices for fights range from 200 to 2000 Thai baht. But if you don’t have the money, the MBK Centre along Phayathai Road hosts free matches every Wednesday. It’s just a one minute walk from the National Stadium train station, so head on over there if you’re a Muay Thai enthusiast.
A visit to Bangkok’s Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo can set you back by 300 Thai baht. If you don’t have that kind of money, you can head to Wat Chakrawat instead. Aside from monks and novices, you also get to see the three live crocodiles that the temple hosts.
If you’re looking for a quiet spot in the midst of Bangkok’s bustling scene, the place to go is Wat Mahathat. The Buddhist temple is accessible by four different bus stations, so getting there shouldn’t be a problem. Aside from meditating, you can also take free classes in Buddhism, which are delivered both in Thai and English.
Now that you know these things to do in Thailand for free, go out there and don’t let a budget stop you from exploring!
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