9 Free Activities in Bangkok

If you’re traveling on a tight budget, enjoy some of the best Bangkok has to offer for free. Free museums, free activities, free sights – all great things to do that won’t cost you a Baht!

01 of 09

Visit Temples

Gold Colored Statues In Wat Mangkon Kamalawat Temple
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Address
423 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Pom Prap, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
Phone
+66 2 222 3975

Bangkok has dozens of amazing temples and many of them are free to visit. Wat Mangkon Kamalawat in Chinatown, Wat Indraviharn in Dusit, and Wat Patum Wanaran in central Bangkok (nestled in between Paragon and Central World Plaza shopping malls) are just three beautiful and interesting temples that don’t charge any admission fee.

02 of 09

The Bangkok Art and Culture Center

Bangkok Art & Cultural center
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Address
939 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Wang Mai, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Phone
+66 2 214 6630

This modern art center across the street from MBK mega mall has revolving art exhibits on eleven floors and funky outdoor art installations, too. The modern, airy building itself is worth a visit.

03 of 09

Lumphini Park

King Rama IV in Lumphini Park, Ratchadamri Road, Bangkok, Thailand, Southeast Asia, Asia
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Address
Thanon Rama IV, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Phone
+66 2 252 7006

Bangkok’s most popular public park offers fun and interesting activities any time of the day. If you’re up early, head over by 6 a.m. to watch folks fan dancing, practicing Tai Chi and running. At 6 p.m., there are free outdoor aerobics classes anyone can participate in.

04 of 09

Tour the City's Many Markets

Different vegetables in baskets for sale in Thewet Market.
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Address
90, 15 Thanon Si Ayutthaya, Khwaeng Wachira Phayaban, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10300, Thailand

A visit to Thailand would not be complete without visiting one of the country’s bustling outdoor markets. Thewet Market and Khlong Toey Market are both old-fashioned Thai vegetable and produce markets and offer a fascinating peek at normal life.​

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05 of 09

Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Bangkok butterfly garden and insectarium: อุทยานผีเสื้อและแมลงกรุงเทพฯ
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Address
Lat Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
Phone
+66 2 272 4359

Visit the enclosed butterfly garden inside Rot Fai Park to see hundreds of butterflies and plenty of other insects, too. The park is just adjacent to Chatuchak Market and if you’re not into bugs, the surrounding Queen Sirikit park offer plenty of pretty flowers to look at.

06 of 09

Art Galleries

The Queen's Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.
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Address
101 Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd, Khwaeng Wat Bowon Niwet, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Phone
+66 2 281 5360

Visit one of the city’s many art galleries to see what modern Thai art is all about. The Queen’s Gallery showcases talented young artists from all over Thailand. Other galleries in the city have revolving exhibits featuring Thai and Southeast Asia art.

07 of 09

The Bangkokian Museum

Bangkokian Museum, 273, Soi 43, Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok, Thailand
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Address
273 Saphan Yao Alley, Khwaeng Si Phraya, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Phone
+66 2 233 7027

One of Bangkok’s coolest museums is the Bangkokian Museum (sometimes called the Bangkok Folk Museum), with exhibits depicting typical middle-class life in Bangkok during the mid-twentieth century. The museum is tucked away on a side street off of busy Charoen Krung Road.

08 of 09

Royal Elephant Museum

Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand, South-East Asia, Asia
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Address
16 Uthong Nai Alley, Khwaeng Dusit, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10300, Thailand
Phone
+66 2 282 3336

These former royal stables have become a museum dedicated to one of the country’s most honored animals, the elephant. See ornate palanquins (seating platforms set atop elephants) and elephant armor and learn about why elephants are so important to Thai culture.

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09 of 09

Silpa Bhirasri Memorial and Museum

Address
กรมศิลปากร, ถนนหน้าพระธาตุ, เขตพระนคร กรุงเทพมหานคร, 10200 Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Phone
+66 2 223 6162

This small museum exhibits the work of Silpa Bhirasri, the father of modern Thai art, and the work of some of his well-known pupils. The space was formerly the artist’s office and studio and is just a few minutes on foot from Sanam Luang.

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Free Activities for the Budget Bangkok Traveler