Free Things To Do in Bangkok
- #3View all Photos#3 in Bangkok4.9 miles to city centerShopping, Free, Neighborhood/AreaTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND4.9 miles to city centerShopping, Free, Neighborhood/AreaTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND
The Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the biggest street markets in the world. It sprawls more than 35 acres and contains somewhere in the neighborhood of 15,000 shops and vendors. Here, you'll see a multitude of goods for sale, from fruit to puppies to clothing, antiques and more. The best way to navigate this mammoth market is to grab a map at the information offices on the edge of the market. Chatuchak is broken up into 27 different sections, but don't expect them to correspond to one type of good sold. Everything is completely spread out, and while it definitely overwhelmed some travelers, others found the energy of the market completely enthralling.
Travelers recommend visiting in the morning when there are fewer crowds and the heat isn't oppressive. But considering an average of 200,000 people visit this market per day, you're going to have to share space with lots of locals and tourists regardless. Visitors say you shouldn't be afraid to bargain here, as some vendors are willing to come down on their prices. Also, make sure you bring lots of cash. Most vendors don't accept cards and many travelers said they walked away buying way more than they had initially planned.
- #5View all Photos#5 in Bangkok2.5 miles to city centerMuseums, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND2.5 miles to city centerMuseums, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND
The Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) is a relatively new mixed-use arts space. Many liken its contemporary architecture to the Guggenheim, and the artwork inside – which ranges from painting to performance – pushes the aesthetic envelope just as much as the pieces in the famed New York City museum. A lot of travelers like the BACC simply because it's something to do other than shopping or going to a holy site. And unlike many of Bangkok's other top attractions, crowds are limited here, making it the best environment to admire the facility's cool art.
BACC is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. To reach the BACC, take the skytrain to the Stadium National stop; the center is located at the Pathumwan Intersection. For more information, visit the website.
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