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Best Free Things in Bangkok

Destination(s): Bangkok

Bangkok has long been a backpackers' paradise offering cheap eats and cheap accommodations to fit any budget. But it doesn't end there. Many attractions within the city are also suited for those with shallow pockets. Many public parks, important temples, and fun activities are perfect for a day on the cheap. Play a pickup game of foot volleyball at Benjasiri Park, see some traditional Thai dance at Erawan Shrine, or visit Wat Arun, one of the most memorable temples along the Chao Phraya River--all for free. read more about Best Free Things in Bangkok

Chatuchak Park

Chatuchak Park

  • Paholyothin Road, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Bangkok

Although greenery may be hard to come by in Bangkok, Chatuchak Park surely has a lot of it. A sanctuary for joggers, bicyclists and picnickers alike since 1980, Chatuchak Park is home to a variety of trees, a winding artificial lake and public exercising equipment for all to enjoy. It borders Chatuchak Weekend Market, thus also making it a haven for exhausted shoppers who need a break from the crowds. And although it is a bit hidden, the rolling extension of the park to the northwest cannot be missed. read more about Chatuchak Park

Lumphini Park

Lumphini Park

  • Entrances on Rama IV Road, Sarasin Road, Wireless Road and Ratchadamri Road
  • tel:+66 2 694 1222 (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10330

Smack in the heart of the city lies Lumphini Park, an oasis of nature within bustling Bangkok. The first of its kind in Bangkok, plans for the public park began in 1925. Lumphini Park is named after the Buddha's birthplace and covers approximately 58 hectares, gracing the city with greenery and waterways for picnics, pick-up sports and paddleboat rides. Early mornings are unforgettable: hordes of fitness group regulars engage in synchronized aerobics, while others jog peacefully and practice tai chi. Lumphini Park is a great place to take a timeout during a long day of sightseeing. read more about Lumphini Park

Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine

  • 494 Ratchawithi Road (corner of Ploenchit and Ratchiwithi)
  • (Next to the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel)
  • tel:+66 2 225 7612(Tourist Information)
  • Bangkok, 10330

In the middle of the glitz and traffic of downtown commercial Bangkok stands Erawan Shrine, a very unique place of worship that is a must-see. Devoted to the Hindu god Brahma, Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 to honor the spirits that once resided in trees that were chopped down during construction of the nearby Erawan Hotel. Nowadays, the shrine is constantly flooded with worshippers praying for good fortune as they burn incense, light candles and place carnation garlands at offering tables. Traditional Thai dancers perform on a stage around the clock, and tourists are welcomed to partake in the spirituality. The open-air fills with pleasant scents and the good vibes are abundant. Erawan Shrine is a Bangkok must. read more about Erawan Shrine

Benjasiri Park

Benjasiri Park

  • Between Sukhumvit 22/24 Lanes Sukhumvit Road
  • Klongtan Sub-District
  • tel:+66 2 262 0810
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10110

An oasis of peace and beauty in the heart of the busy Sukhumvit Road area, Benjasiri Park, also known as the Imperial Queen's Park, is located next to the Emporium shopping complex at the Phrom Pong BTS SkyTrain stop. It is popular for exercise and a casual stroll. In botanical garden fashion, the trees show Thai and Latin names, and the lush lawn and flowering plants such as frangipani are carefully maintained. At the heast of it lies a small artificial lake. Exercise and playground equipment get much use and it is not uncommon to see a pickup game of full-court basketball while the badminton courts are typically occupied by Thai playing a sort of cross between volleyball and hackysack. A wide asphalt road encircles Benjasiri's green space and paving-stone paths with plenty of benches take a more circuitous route through the trees and grassy knolls around the central lagoon. The park is frequented by joggers and walkers as well as couples, children and people simply looking for a bit of shade without the pressure of Bangkok traffic. A couple of concession stands serve refreshments and vendors at the front gate near the fountains serve common street foods. During Loi Krathong Festival Benjasiri Park is a popular gathering place for releasing "krathongs" into the water. Admission is free. read more about Benjasiri Park

Bangchak Birdwatching Club

Bangchak Birdwatching Club

  • Phrakanong
  • tel:+66 2 226 0060 (Bangkok Information Center)
  • Bangkok, 10260
Wat Ratchanatdaram

Wat Ratchanatdaram

  • 2 Mahachai Road
  • Bowonniwet Sub-District
  • tel:+66 2 224 8807 / +66 2 225 5749
  • Visit website
  • Bangkok, 10200