Top 10 Free Things Anyone Can Do In Bangkok384
BY Rowan (Guinness Bear)

Top 10 Free Things Anyone Can Do In Bangkok

Are you excited to travel to Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok) for much-needed rest and relief, but your account balance says the opposite? Don't be concerned! Bangkok has many fantastic things you can do without spending a pretty penny. 

Although the loveliness of the capital is not comparable to that of many of Thailand's natural regions, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok) offers endless leisure possibilities for all tastes and pockets.

Aerial View Bangkok City Modern Office Buildings Condominium Hotel Bangkok

There are many free things to do and see in the city, so it's impossible to get bored here! No city in the world has more or better free things than here.

For a budget traveler in Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok), many super cheap things exist! Today, I will share this list of the top 10 free things to do in the city for those looking to explore without spending much.



#10 Stretch Out in Benjakitti Park

City View Benjakitti Park Bangkok Thailand

First, I want to tell you about the green mile parks. A kilometer-long elevated walkway in Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok) runs from Lumpini Park to Benjakitti Park. The seemingly unexciting elevated walkway is one of the hidden gems of Bangkok, commonly called the Bangkok Green Mile. 

This green mile is worth exploring if you are a photographer. You can snap your Instagram photos and enjoy the views of the city here. Many teenagers on the bridge will also be framing their perfect Instagram shoot or setting the ideal background for TikTok videos.

The path near Benjakitti Park looks like a pleasant walk with small steam. In addition, you'll find some joggers, skateboarders,  bicyclists, and those who are just out for a walk. You'll pass through the densely packed homes of Soy Polo and watch life happen below. 

You can even pop down for a snack or take a detour to the Indonesian mosque or church. There is even an adorable cafe that an enterprising family detached from the walkway. You can go ahead and grab an orange juice for 20 Thai Baht. The green mile itself is just over a kilometer from end to end. 

So, it isn't a long walk. However, spending time at both parks can give you two or three hours of enjoyment. Additionally, please note that smoking is prohibited within the park premises. Moreover, at 08:00 and 18:00, the national anthem will be played, during which it is customary for everyone to stand still and maintain silence. While it's not mandatory, participating in this gesture would be greatly appreciated.


  • Quick Tips
    • For your park picnic needs, you can conveniently shop at the 7-Eleven located in the basement of the Queen Sirikit Convention Center. Alternatively, for a more exceptional experience, consider visiting El Mercado, where you can find fantastic lunch options.
    • Long Table near the park is a great choice if you're in the mood for a meal or a cocktail. This distinctive restaurant offers spectacular views overlooking Benjakitti Park and the captivating cityscape of Bangkok.


  • For Your Knowledge
    • Entrance Fee: FREE
    • Opening Hours: Daily from 04:30 – 21:00



#9 An Evening in Asiatique Ferry

Sunset River City Ferry Boat Bangkok Background

Asiatique Sky is Thailand's first wide Ferris wheel. The wheel is found in the Asiatique path. Though it changes colors, the giant Ferris wheel gives a purple glimmer at night. The path in front of the Ferris wheel entertains with live music, creating an incredible scene and looking around while on the Ferris wheel to celebrate the enchanting panorama of the Chao Phraya River at twilight. You can also board a tour ship and sight the Ferris wheel beside the river. Sit back and get a kick out of the cool evening breeze.

The most effective and outstanding way to get to Asiatique would be by boat. The shuttle is fast and convenient, but the ride to Asiatique via the Chao Phraya River shows remarkable pictures of the well-known continental hotels and buildings along the river banks. Besides the contemporary arrangements, you can also see some well-conserved former constructions obtained for housing. 

From shopping for the latest fashions to putting up with a ride on the gigantic Ferris wheel, it will determine a whole night to review all that Asiatique has to broaden thoroughly. The experience is made even better with a panoramic boat ride that lets you see the beauty of the river before catching up with Asiatique.


  • Things to Do
    • Free boat ride to your destination
    • Take meals by the waterfront
    • Shopping above water
    • Mouthwatering food
    • Entertainment for all
    • Awesome nights



#8 Shop at ICONSIAM

Iconsiam River Side Department Store Presenting Light Show

ICONSIAM, or ‘The Icon of Eternal Prosperity,' is one of Bangkok’s freshest and biggest shopping destinations found on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It blends the luck of Thailand’s retail stores and festivity within one enormous place. So, don’t miss out on a chance to visit this milestone on your trip to Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok)!

This is an outstanding destination due to its extraordinary idea and various aspects to perform. Whether you glance for a gallery, frill brands, or popular restaurants, you’ll discover them all in one place! The whole area of ICONSIAM is so large that it encircles both portions along the Chao Phraya River and Charoen Nakhon Road.

The place intends to be more than just a shopping center but a relatively universal destination that is adequate for people from all walks of life. Therefore, whether you’re a local, visitor, teenager, or grown-up, you’ll get at something you like here or spend the whole day without getting weary.

Particularly for foreigners, ICONSIAM has become the best place to learn further about Thai culture. In brief, ICONSIAM is a place for all. Putting it into your bucket list is a great idea to make the most of your time in Bangkok.


  • Things to Do 
    • Satisfy your stomach with lots of dining options.
    • Shop your favorite sneaks
    • Enjoy Thai crafts made by talented locals
    • Visit the River Museum Bangkok on the 8th floor. 
    • Take your cinema experience to the next level at the upscale Icon Cineconic
    • Take a relaxing walk at the River Park while enjoying beautiful river views.
    • Visit the first Apple store in Thailand. It is a true heaven for all big fans of Apple.



#7 Check Out the Hua Lamphong Station

Bangkok Railway Station Hua Lamphong Railway Station Mrt Sunset Bangkok Thailand

Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Railway Station, also known as Bangkok or Krungthep Station, is conveniently located just a few minutes from the Hua Lamphong MRT Station. Serving as Bangkok's main railway hub, it is a pivotal point for rail travel in the city. With over 20 platforms, it is among the busiest train stations, its announcements resonating throughout its expansive premises.

With the built-in Italian Neo-Renaissance technique, Hua Lamphong Station is the scenery for architectural fans. Moreover, Hua Lamphong Station is an enormous place for train watching. People come and go from morning till evening, lugging their luggage to the train or waiting for someone’s coming.

While at Hua Lamphong Railway Station, you might even come across homeless individuals and stray animals. Before continuing your journey, take the opportunity to indulge in some local cuisine within the station. The station premises boast a selection of affordable dining options. Whether you choose grilled chicken and fresh fruit or prefer a more relaxed meal at a coffee shop or cafe, there's something to satisfy your taste buds. 

There are also comfort stores and Tourist Information Centers. If you want some travel information, the officials are assigned to the Information Desk only. All being said, you should be alert of any potential scammers.


  • What To See and Do at Hua Lamphong Station
    • Take a Shower
    • Buy Groceries
    • Take Photographs
    • Have a Snack or a Meal
    • Stock up on Books and Magazines
    • People play chess while staying on the train
    • The Art Deco architecture at Hua Lamphong Railway Station is beautiful
    • Pastries at the Mr. Bun Pastry Shop at Hua Lamphong station are just 10 Thai baht or 35 cents each, and they are delicious


I frequently go down to Hua Lamphong railway station to kick around, attend to the crowds, take photographs, and have a snack, as it’s one of Bangkok’s most unusual places. Even if you have a few hours to kill, you’ll still enjoy hanging out at Hua Lamphong, as there are numerous fun things to see and do. 


  • Quick Update
    • Starting in 2021, the Hua Lamphong Train Station has ceased its operations. In its place, the government is constructing a massive, state-of-the-art train station located near the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market.
    • When the new station becomes operational, the historic Hua Lamphong Station, originally opened in 1916, is set to be repurposed into a museum, preserving its rich history and significance.



#6 Relax in Chinatown

Young Asian Woman Chinatown Bangkok

A year ago, I had the luck to explore the route of the one-day walking tour of Chinatown in Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok) and set it up very delightfully. This area has the fastest-growing Chinese population in Thailand. It survives many fascinating history, architecture, and commerce, worth facilitating as a precious heritage.

You will first discover the Holy Rosary Catholic Church from the starting point at the southern end of the area, which was previously a commercial center and piers for junks, now the River City Complex. From there, turn left and continue walking for a while; you will catch sight of the Siam Commercial Bank, the first commercial bank in Thailand run by Thais. 

Adjacent to this market is Khlong Thom Market, where thousands of consumers purchase electrical appliances and sundry welfare daily. Everything here is cheaper than elsewhere. And after satisfying yourself with shopping, you can step through Mangkon Road to a Chinese temple called Wat Mangkon Kamalawat to pay loyalty to Chinese deities.

However, Its streets are thick with the scent of traditional herbal medicines. Chinatown gives a sensory experience you won’t get anywhere else in the city.


  • What to See and Do in Chinatown
    • Encountering enormous crocodiles lounging in a small pond at Wat Chakrawatrachawat Woramahawihan can be an unexpected and intriguing sight. Finding these chilling beasts is a glorious search, but you’ll experience the bustling streets of Chinatown on the way.
    • Then visit the markets in Chinatown. Plenty of jewelry stores, textiles, makeup, antiques, and snacks are sold along the path.
    • Turn right into Chakkraphet Road; on your right side is the Khlong Ong Ang Market, where you can purchase almost any toy.
    • Next is Nakhon Kasem Market, the commercial and wholesale market of machines and musical instruments. 



#5 A Fun Night in Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin

Color Full Train Night Market Ratchada Bangkok Thailand

Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin also recognized as the Train Market, is a vast open-air night market in Bangkok. This market is relatively distant from central Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok). However, it's an incredible gem to see and experience, especially if you want to get away from the rush and worry of the city and seek a new place to explore, eat and appreciate shopping at the same time. 

The most impressive point of Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin is the unique and different environment for other markets. The whole place is exceptionally vibrant, with many locals coming to spot it on weekend evenings. The Train Market offers a delightful blend of modern and vintage items. However, it's not just a shopping destination; it's a relaxed and enjoyable space where you can sit, savor delicious food and drinks, and explore new and exciting experiences.

The market doesn't look large from the outside but is more prominent and extensive once you start walking around. During our first visit, we were pleasantly shocked by many stalls trading exciting goods at Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin. You can find a few vintage shops selling art and handicrafts, vintage furniture, clothing and supplements, toys, and more at the market. The sellers are laid-back and not pushy for sales. The prices are also reasonable.

Overall, Train Market is huge and has such a great vibe. There is a wide variety of street food, chillax pubs, and exciting vintage goods at Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin. If you love shopping and seeing old things, this place is a must-visit in Bangkok. You can expect a good time here for at least a few hours.




#4 Explore the Temple of the Golden Mount

Sunset Wat Saket Golden Mount Temple Bangkok

Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount) is one of those interests that I hope to visit for years. If you're coming from the Sukhumvit area of the city, one of the most convenient ways to reach the Train Market is by taking the Khlong Saen Saeb public speed boat service. This helps you bypass the often congested traffic in central Bangkok and drops you off just a short 5-minute walk away from the market entrance.

Before starting the climb to the top, I felt it might be challenging. However, the hike up 318 steps was considered relatively easy as the steps were broad and lengthy around the mountain in an easy incline. The ascent to the top takes only about 10 to 15 minutes. As you make your way up, you'll come across a sequence of bells that you can ring for good luck, several benches where you can take a moment to rest and regain your breath, and a quaint café in case you want to refresh yourself halfway up.

At the top of the Golden Mountain is a Buddhist statue and temple, but the real highlight was the scenic views of Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok) in all directions. 


  • For Your Knowledge
    • Entrance Fee: FREE
    • Opening Hours: Daily | 08:00 – 17:00


  • Travels Tip to Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount)
    • I propose touring the Golden Mountain when you come to Bangkok for the incredible views and free entrance.
    • As you gaze in one direction, you'll catch sight of historical landmarks like the Grand Palace and Wat Arun. In the opposite direction, your view encompasses modern skyscrapers, including the bustling Silom financial district.



#3 Stroll from MBK through Siam Square, Siam Paragon, Central World to Gaysorn

Bangkok Famous Fashion Shopping Center Building Night with Traffic Light Trail

Where do the people shop in Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok)? Well, it is possible for teenagers to be at the MBK (Ma Boon Khrong) Center. This vast mall comprises plenty of stores selling almost anything, even dried fruits and Chinese-style snacks! The packed shops and walkways can be fantastic, but each floor commonly extends a few varieties of stocks.

Siam Square is sometimes called the Shinjuku of Thailand; the famous Siam Square is a main lodge for the youth, a goal for street-style shopping and people-watching. A convenient and direct walkway connects the Siam Square area to the BTS Skytrain's Siam station. It is located directly contrary to Siam Paragon, so it is challenging to get missed.

Paragon Shopping Mall, a world-class shopping center, is respected as one of Thailand's most elegant shopping paradises. The mall contains over 350 flagship stores of the world's top categories and high-street favorites. Siam Paragon also offers new Thai arts and crafts. Kids will love to scour the aquatic world at Siam Ocean World in the cellar. At the same time, the top floor is home to 16 theaters of Paragon Cineplex, where you never miss the latest blockbusters.

Gaysorn Plaza, a large shopping mall, shows off a limited selection of high-end goods and designer labels filled out by outstanding service-making; it is the best place to go for an expensive lifestyle shopping experience. The BTS Skytrain's Chidlom station has an effective departure directly into the mall, giving rise to it reaching almost from one platform to the other.


  • Things to See and Do
    • MBK, Siam Square, Siam Paragon, Central World, and Gaysorn are a hotspot for shopaholics, food lovers, gaming enthusiasts, and watching new release movies, as there are many food courts and movie theaters.



#2 Experience the Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine Tourists Local People Make Merit Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine) is one of the considerably famous Hindu monuments in downtown Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok). It's in front of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, at the Ploenchit and Ratchadamri Road closet.

Throughout the day, you'll always behold crowds paying their appreciation, offering flowers and incense sticks to a gold statue of the 4-faced Brahma God, Than Tao Mahaprom. The Tao Mahaprom is a Brahma god known for compassion, kindness, tolerance, and detachment.

The influence of Brahman beliefs has significantly impacted Buddhism in Thailand throughout its history, directly influencing the local population. Streams of people worldwide make correct grants of incense sticks, floral bouquets, fruits, and teakwood elephants. Judging from the crowds of believers, it seems that Erawan Shrine has granted many wishes. Erawan Shrine hosts elegant Thai classical dance performances several times daily and lively lion dances at particular events.


  • Quick Information!
    • At the Erawan Shrine, you can enjoy the sublime views, praise the architecture, enjoy daily shows, and ask prayer for blessing.



#1 A Twilight in Wat Arun

Traveler Couple Enjoy Yeepeng Floating Lantern Loi Kratong Festival Arun Temple

A twilight in Wat Arun is the topmost thing to do freely in Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (Bangkok). It is also known as the Temple of the Dawn, located on the western side of the Chao Phraya River. Due to its exquisite architecture and the most iconic setting on the river, a visit is a must-do on every Bangkok trip.

Moreover, the boat ride to get it is gorgeous and an outstanding Bangkok experience. Particularly scenic are the approximately 70-meter-high pagodas depicting the riverside and beautifully glowed at night. Many consider Wat Arun one of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok, so a visit is highly recommended.


  • Good to Know!
    • Exploring Wat Arun is a must-do as it offers some of Bangkok's most captivating and rewarding experiences. The vicinity of Wat Arun also hosts some of the finest accommodation options in the city.
    • The charming Sala Arun Hotel comes highly recommended, boasting comfortable accommodations and a delightful café that provides a stunning view of the temple.
    • Adhering to appropriate attire is important when planning a visit to Wat Arun. The dress code requires covering the knees and shoulders. This respectful dressing practice is widely appreciated and ensures a visit to this cultural site.


  • Sunset at Wat Arun
    • Experiencing something more enchanting than Wat Arun is quite a challenge.
    • Across the river's other bank, many rooftop bars provide an ideal vantage point to appreciate the temple's magnificence.
    • For the ultimate sunset view of Wat Arun, the rooftop balcony of Eagle Nest at Hotel Sala Arun stands out as one of Bangkok's premier rooftop bars. This spot offers breathtaking photo opportunities of Wat Arun and the sunset, beginning at 6:00 pm.
    • The temple is stunningly illuminated at night, adding to its allure and creating a mesmerizing spectacle.


  • For Your Knowledge 
    • Opening Hours: Daily | 08:00 - 17:30
    • While entry to the temple premises is free, there is a fee of 50 Thai Baht per person if you wish to explore the iconic temple tower, Phra Prang.


Indeed, Wat Arun is one of Krung Thep Maha Nakhon's (Bangkok's) most exquisite temples and a testament to Thailand's remarkable cultural heritage. The temple's intricate architecture, adorned with intricate decorations, is a true marvel. Its distinctive riverside location adds to its allure, making Wat Arun an essential destination for anyone exploring the city.


Top 10 Free Things Anyone Can Do in Bangkok


Thailand stands out as an affordable travel destination, and now we're enhancing your travel experience with a list of Bangkok's top 10 free activities. These delightful attractions allow you to explore and enjoy without straining your budget. So, make the most of these opportunities and savor every moment without a financial burden.



Written by
Rowan (Guinness Bear)

Hi! I'm Rowan Travers (Guinness Bear), your go-to travel companion, always on the move to uncover the most breathtaking destinations. Join me as I share my recommendations for must-visit spots and memorable experiences. Dive into my immersive "Top 10" series, and let's explore the world together!


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