Traveling on a Budget? Here are Free Things to Do in Bangkok

Traveling on a Budget? Check Out These Free Things to Do in Bangkok

Travelling the world isn’t a cheap way to relax. Everywhere you go, you need to spend money on food, accommodation, souvenirs, and other leisure activities. To help minimize your expenses, this article put together a cheat sheet of the things you can do in Bangkok for free.

Check Out Bangkok’s Ancient Temples

It is a known fact that Buddhism is the main religion in Thailand. This explains why the country has plenty of temples you can visit for free.  Here are the top-rated temples in Bangkok.

  • Wat Mangkon Kamalawat situated in Chinatown is the largest Chinese temple in the city. It features the Temple Guardians, Three Buddhas (Shakyamuni, Amitabha, and Yaoshifa), and the Laughing Buddha.
  • Wat Indraviharn in Dusit is where the giant gold-standing Buddha is located. It measures 32 meters high.
  • Also called the Lotus Temple, Wat Patum Wanaran features a big lotus pond that has been filled with cloudy and muddy water throughout the years. Surrounded with burning incense, the temple lures locals who visit the Budda shrine to pray for good health and prosperity.

Explore Museum and Gallery Exhibits

If you are passionate about learning Thai culture and history, visiting museums is one of the free things in Bangkok that you can do. Some museums you can explore at no extra cost are King Prajadhipok Museum, Bangkokian Museum, and Children's Discovery Museum.

  • King Prajadhipok Museum showcases the life story of the royal family, His Majesty King Prajadhipok along with Her Majesty Queen Rambai Barni. You can also see royal relics and ashes, along with the personal belongings of King Rama VII such as shoes, clothing, and hats.

  • Bangkokian Museum, also called The Bangkok Folk Museum, was built in 1937 and represents the homes of the upper-middle class during the early to mid-20th century. You should check out its antique clocks and cabinets, vintage Bakelite switches, and old valve radios in every room of the museum. It is open to the public every Wednesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM. There is no entrance fee, but visitors are encouraged to give donations.

    • Children's Discovery Museum features a great deal of science-based activities, dinosaur bone displays, dress-up play, Lego building, and a lot more.

    Go See the Ko Kret Island

    The island is a perfect destination for morning walks, bicycling, or simply enjoying a solitude moment to clear your mind from any worries. This is also a great chance to stop by pottery shops and monasteries without spending much.

    Wander Around the Khao San Road

    Khao San Road is considered the backpacker capital of Thailand because it is surrounded by affordable hotel accommodation options, snack bars, and restaurants, attracting more budget travelers to make room reservations.

    Despite being a small neighborhood, Khao San Road is brimming with fun activities such as watching monks collect alms by sunrise, witnessing amazing street performances, and visiting historical places. , This area is also a great venue to meet new friends and engage with fellow backpackers.

    Watch the Sunset at Wat Arun

    One of the free things to do in Bangkok is to watch the sunset. You can find the perfect spot at Wat Arun or The Temple of Dawn located on the western part of the Chao Phraya River.

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