5 great attractions off-the-beaten-track Bangkok

Bang Krachao

Phra Pradaeng
Southern Bangkok

Also known as Bangkok’s ‘lung’, due to its shape from above, this is the largest open green space around Bangkok, only minutes from downtown across the Chao Phraya River. It’s a wonderful oasis of elevated walkways above the water, where you can rent a bicycle and explore the ‘floating’ community.

Sala Chalerm Thani

35 Nakhon Sawan Road
Rattanakosin Island

Set in the old Nang Loeng market area, this was Thailand’s first movie theatre, built in 1918 and made entirely of wood. Brass bands would accompany the early silent films and hundreds of people would attend during the theatre’s heyday in the 1950s. Today the building still stands, hopefully awaiting preservation as a film museum.

Koh Kret Island

Northern Bangkok

Koh Kret is an island in the north of Bangkok, both car-free and small enough to walk and cycle around. It is noted for its Mon temples and traditional pottery, and there is even a micro-brewery here to chill out at and watch the river go by.

Taling Chan

Soi Chak Phra 17
Taling Chan

Far more local and realistic than touristy Damnoen Saduak, this is a great option to take part in a Thai floating market. The market takes place on weekends and features canal-side boats that sell freshly grilled seafood. You can also go on boat tours to check out traditional canal life.

Pak Klong Talad by Night

Chak Phet Road
Rattanakosin Island

Bangkok’s flower market is subdued by day, as not much is going on then, but it becomes a hive of working class activity at 2 to 3 in the morning, when massive deliveries of flowers are made by both boat and truck, all very colourful and atmospheric.

part of 50 places to discover Bangkok

The 500 Hidden Secrets of Bangkok