Jan 31 2012
Oh, glorious weekends. They can never come soon enough, but when they do, we can be paralysed by the choices of things to do in Bangkok; lying prone in your hotel room, watching Thai soaps with the AC on full blast, is always a tempting option. But you’re in the city of angels, damn it! When you’re done sleeping off your hangover from Friday night’s pub crawl or the diabetes-inducing mojitos at Bar 23, check out the activities below, which can each soak up an entire lazy day if you let them. Some are more kid-friendly than others (aka, don’t take your three year-old wakeboarding).
Picnic in Lumpini Park
Hello, nature! I almost forgot you existed. Real, live, carbon-monoxide absorbing trees are hard to come by in this urban jungle. If you’re not stuck inside during a monsoon in Bangkok, grab a picnic blanket and maybe even a loaf of french bread and soak in that beautiful oxygen.
Open daily 05:00-20:00
BTS: Saladaeng and Ratchadamri
MRT: Silom, Lumpini
The whole city might have the same idea, but JJ Market is Bangkok’s signature weekend activity — shopping until your feet bleed and the inside of your wallet is a gaping chasm of despair. Yes, it’s that traumatic. But still worth a trip!
Open Saturday and Sunday, 09:00-18:00
BTS: Mo Chit
MRT: Suan Chatuchak or Kamphaengphet
Wakeboarding at Lake Taco
Described by my fellow Travelfish.org correspondent Brock as “the most ridiculous lake ever”, Lake Taco is a confusion between a lake, pond, and a Mexican delicacy. Dive in the water or sit on the deck chair for a weekend day that will make you feel like you’re back at summer camp.
Open Monday to Friday 12:00-18:00, and Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00.
BTS: Udom Sok, then a taxi ride to Soi Wat Luang Porto
Siam Ocean World
Walk through an underwater tunnel. Take a glass bottom boat and explore the flora and fauna. Watch the cute little terrifying sharkies get fed. Feel like you are underwater when indeed you are dry. Scores of people (and their entire extended family) will be there as well, so go in the morning or evening if you don’t like to interact with fellow humans.
Open daily 10:00-21:00
B1 and B2 of Siam Paragon Shopping Complex
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
Wats and artifacts aside, finding modern art in Bangkok has paid off as much as my search for quality cheese. But the BACC has exhibits that change frequently, and is an interesting window into the growing Thai art scene. Explore the small cafes and stores inside, where you can purchase Thai art books and old movie posters.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-21:00
939 Rama 1 Road, across from MBK
BTS: National Stadium
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