Everyone loves to go on holidays, but when you are travelling on a budget, it can be difficult to enjoy yourself. Fortunately there are plenty of activities in Bangkok where you can still have fun and be entertained. Best of all they will not cost you a penny.
The Royal Elephant National Museum
One of the most popular attractions in Bangkok is the Royal Elephant National Museum. The building used to be a stable for the elephants of Kings, but these days it houses exhibits which tell the story of these heroic creatures that were used to fight ancient battles. You will see armor that was used to protect the elephants as well as preserved hair and skin. There is also a collection of tusks on display. Although it will not keep you occupied for an entire day, it is a must see if you want to learn more about the significance of these amazing creatures. It is also close to the Dusit Zoo.
Here you will see exhibits which demonstrate how prisoners throughout history were punished when they were incarcerated. The wax figures and photo’s can be quite grisly, so you may want to keep the young ones at home. The Corrections Museum is an old prison that has been turned into a museum and is free to the public.
The Bangkokian Museum
Sometimes referred to as the Bangkok Folk Museum, the Bangkokian houses exhibits which depict life in Bangkok in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Situated in the heart of the city it houses antiques and household items that were used in the mid-twentieth century. The historical artifacts include furniture, utensils and ceremonial items.
If you want to see authentic fan dancing, and folks practicing Tai Chi head over to Lumphini Public Park. Pack a picnic lunch and watch as the locals engage in outdoor aerobics and other activities. One of the few public spaces in Bangkok it has an artificial lake where you can rent boats. Bring your bicycle and pedal along the path that circles around the park.
Bangkok Butterfly Garden & Insectarium
This amazing glass house is perfect for families and features an exhibition area, breeding and feeding rooms. Here you can take pictures of the amazing creatures that fly free in their tropical glasshouse. Do not move as the best way to get the butterflies attention is to be still. Expect the inside of their habitat to be quite warm and humid. This is one of the best places in the world to see the lifecycle of the butterfly.
Other Free Activities
Of course if you are visiting Thailand, you have to spend an afternoon at one of the many outdoor markets. You can sample locally grown produce and buy hand-made souvenirs. The markets are free to get in, and if you do decide to buy something it will be very affordable.
Before you fly home visit a temple. There are dozens that you can visit, and the majority of them are free to the public. Wat Mangkorn Kamalawat and Wat Patum Wanaran are just two that you can explore and best of all there is no admission fee.
When you start planning your trip, do your research. Thailand is very inexpensive and has plenty of activities that you can enjoy for free.
Ana is an experienced travel consultant, specialising in finding cheap Bangkok flights for her customers. She has spent a number of months travelling throughout Thailand, gaining first-hand experience of its beautiful country and landscape.