Do you want to have a unique Bangkok experience to tell your friends? We recommend you go off the beaten track to these 9 uncommon non-touristy places!
Wander off the beaten track! Visit an airplane graveyard, experience a Thai version of James Cameron's Avatar or spend a night in a prison cell. Because everything else is so cliché!
Spend a Night in Prison
Nobody wants to go to prison even though Orange is the New Black may have dramatized how it could be fun in there. However, you can have an experience living ‘incarcerated’ in cells and donning the ol’ fashioned black and white stripes. Sook Station is a hotel themed to be a (glamourous) prison. They can even take criminal profile shots of you for a souvenir of your stay there!
Address: 45-49 Soi Sukhumvit 101/2, Khwaeng Bang Na, Khet Bang Na, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10260, Thailand
Tel: +66 86 332 0555
Admission Fee: 800THB
Website: Sook Station
Float in a Tank
If you have watched the Netflix series, you would know that the powerful little girl recharges by floating in a sensory deprivation tank. You can simulate that experience at Bangkok Float Center where people enter a realm of relaxation not possible elsewhere. We may not have superpowers, but we may leave physically recharged, in a human way.
Bangkok Float Center
Address: 4th Floor, Show DC Mall, Jaturatid Road, Huai Khwang, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 10:00pm daily
Admission Fee: From 2100THB
Website: Bangkok Float Center
Shop while a train comes towards you
At the famous Maeklong Railway Market, you’ll find your food and wares laid out just beside the tracks, which means you do actually walk on them to do your shopping. Yes, there are trains that ride past certain times of the day and you’ll have to scurry to the side after the horn blares. Luckily for us, there hasn’t been casualties so far. Well, at a speed of 10km/h, there probably won’t be any.
Maeklong Railway Market
Address: Mae Klong, Mueang Samut Songkhram District, Samut Songkhram 75000, Thailand\
Get Plane Creative
What shall one do with an unusable airplane? Turn it into a market and a food hub. This creative idea has brought many visitors to Chang Chui. Shopping, food and of course, Instagram shots will keep you busy at this market.
Source: ChangChui Creative Park
Address: 460/8 Sirindhorn Road, Bang Phlat District, Bangkok
Tel: +66 081 817 2888
Opening Hours: Tues to Sun, 4:00pm to 11:00pm
Admission Fee: 20THB
Visit an Airplane Graveyard
Not sure how we feel about Bangkok having so many wrecked airplanes in the middle of the city, but hell, that’s just more fun stuff to do. The wreckage is the best part of it, you can hop on board a plane broken into half and climb on top of its wings; something you’d never be able to do on a real one unless you work with the airforce. You can sit at the cockpit for some great shots and have fun with the remains of the decrepit flyer.
Address: 13.764812 100.652406, Khwaeng Hua Mak, Khet Bang Kapi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10240, Thailand
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 5:00pm daily
Admission Fee: 100THB
Visit the Museum of Death
The Siriraj Medical Museum has been nicknamed the museum of death because of its exhibits. You will see human remains and specimens in jars and have a totally graphic experience. Not for the faint-hearted or the ones that can’t bear gruesome sights!
Source: Siriraj Museum
Siriraj Medical Museum
Address: Siriraj Hospital, 2 Wang Lang Rd, Bangkok Noi, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 419 2619
Opening Hours: Wed to Mon, 10:00am to 5:00pm; Closed on Tue
Admission Fee: 300THB
Touch the Human Brain
If you are feeling bored from shopping at Siam Square, you can pop into the Human Body Museum to have an unforgettable experience. We don’t suppose you have touched the human brain before, unless you are Hannibal Lecter himself. You’d be going close to 14 dissected human bodies carefully preserved for your morbid pleasure, and if you are up for it, you can hold a brain in your palm. Quite an interesting way to spend your afternoon while your mates are shopping, isn’t it!
Museum of Human Body
Address: Wang Mai Khet Pathum Wan Bangkok 10330
Tel: +66 2 218 8635
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 10:00am to 4:00pm; Closed on Weekends and National Holidays
Admission Fee: 300THB (Adults) 100THB (Students)
Don't have a real thing? Just fake it.
Ironically, Bangkok is trying to stop you from buying counterfeit goods, and that’s why this collection is to educate you on how to identify them. Learn how to spot fakes and how the counterfeit industry has been hurting the economy for real. You’d be surprised at how much stuff can be fake – even baby milk formula and washing powder!
The Tilleke & Gibbins Museum of Counterfeit Goods
Address: Tilleke & Gibbins International Ltd., Supalai Grand Tower, 20th-26th floor, 1011 Rama 3 Road, Chong Nonsi Khet Yan Nawa Bangkok 10120
Tel: +66 2056 5555
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat, 8:00am to 5:00pm; Closed on Sun
Admission Fee: Free (Appointment is required)