National Stadium

If you're feeling sporty

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Bangkok's National Stadium actually boasts several stadiums and athletic facilities over a sprawling area just west of MBK and the Siam Square shopping district.

The original and largest of these is Supachalasai National Stadium, a 55,000 seat football and track venue built in 1937. Today, Supachalasai hosts only a handful of important Thai club football matches each year, but it was the main venue for the Asian Games three times in the 1960s and '70s and Michael Jackson performed two concerts here in 1993.

Unless an event is taking place you can walk right out onto the track; if, that is, you can find a way in (usually through one of the huge corner entrances).

If looking to run off some steam, the smaller Thephassadin Stadium just west of Supachalasai has a full track and football field which are open and free to the public during daylight hours.

A bit further west are the Olympic size swimming pool and diving platforms of Wisutamol Stadium, which can be used by paying a 100 baht one-day entry fee at the ground floor office in the northwestern corner of the building.

Also nearby (and free) are a handful of basketball hoops, takraw (kick volleyball) courts, an outdoor fitness centre and the Thailand physical education museum.

If that's not exciting enough, pick-up short-court football games take place every night in front of Nimidbud Muay Thai Stadium, which sits right next to National Stadium BTS station.

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