10 Non-Touristy Things To Do In Bangkok, Thailand - Updated 2021

Non-touristy Things To Do In Bangkok
Shino
Shino
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Bangkok is a vibrant city with a rich history and culture. It has something to offer to everyone, be it luxurious shopping districts, religious temples, or famous nightclubs. Visit the pioneer of all floating markets, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. For those who are looking for a thrilling adventure in Bangkok, drop by Dream World, a huge amusement park with more than 15 exciting rides for you and your children.

One of the places that you should not miss is the Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw. With a history that dates back to 1782, you will be amazed by the delicate architecture and interior design. You can also enjoy a food trip down to Chinatown Market, where you will find some of the most delicious local delicacies. In case the many things you can do in Bangkok starts to overwhelm you, you can check our list of non-touristy things you can do in the city. These sights and experiences will help you experience Bangkok in a different, yet exciting way! So, read on!

1. Join a Thai cooking class with a market visit (from USD 70.02)

non-touristy things to do in bangkok | join a thai cooking class with a market visit

For those eager to recreate the scrumptious Thai dishes you’ve tasted back in your own kitchen, The Market Experience offers a programme, which includes a morning market tour where cooks will take guests shopping at the Bangkok Flower Market for essential ingredients such as basil, coriander, lemongrass, chillies, and more, before demonstrating traditional methods of preparing Thai dishes. After which, you’ll learn to turn these fresh local produce into a delicious menu, consisting of four dishes - a traditional royal appetizer (Miang Kham), tangy papaya salad (Som Tum), classic Pad Thai with a twist and spicy curry.

Bangkok: Thai Cooking Class with Authentic Market Experience

Duration: 4 hour

15 reviews

2. minute Muay Thai boxing class for beginners (from USD 46.21)

non-touristy things to do in bangkok | minute muay thai boxing class for beginners

Pick up some self-defense skills with Bangkok’s very own Muay Thai boxing class! You will be training with a professional boxer, equipping yourself with martial art and boxing skills all at the same time. The class is from 60 to 90 minutes and is designed especially for beginners, so don’t worry if you have no experience! Remember to dress comfortably and bring your own towel!

Bangkok: 60-90 Minute Muay Thai Boxing Class for Beginners

Duration: 1 hour

14 reviews

3. Spend the day as a royal chef (from USD 44.83)

non-touristy things to do in bangkok | spend the day as a royal chef

Visit the Kudeejeen neighborhood, about 30 minutes from Bangkok and take a 5-hour long tour of Royal Thai food in Bangkok. Kudeejeen is also known for its Portuguese and Chinese influence on Thai cuisine. Kudeejeen is also the birthplace of many popular royal Thai dishes such as Krathong Tong, Lum and Chor Muang.

During this tour, you will get hands-on experience of cooking some royal Thai cuisine. Of course, you will be guided by an experienced local chef. Once you are done with the cooking, you can also sample the dishes you have prepared. You’ll also get a chance to learn more about the region’s culinary history and how people from different cultures are living in harmony for decades.

A day as a royal chef

Price: 65 USD per person

Duration: 6 hours

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Bangkok: Half-Day Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour

Duration: 4 hour

195 reviews

4. Holy tattoo experience at Wat Bang Phra (from USD 99.05)

non-touristy things to do in bangkok | holy tattoo experience at wat bang phra

If you are one that believes in the higher spirit, you might want to drop by Wat Bang Phra and experience a holy tattoo experience. During this activity, you will be one of the very few people to receive a tattoo and a blessing from one of the monks of the temple. An English-speaking guide will explain the process of the ceremony and will also pick you up and drop you off at your hotel.

From Bangkok: Holy Tattoo Experience at Wat Bang Phra

Duration: 4 hour

219 reviews

5. Attend a pottery class (40 USD)

attend a pottery class

Have you ever thought of learning the art of pottery? You can take pottery classes in Bangkok and share your creations with your friends. This pottery class starts with the basics: introducing you to the tools and materials and how to use them. The pace of the class depends on how quickly you catch up with things. Although you may have no prior pottery making experience, the spinning wheel is generally the one that takes the most time to get used to. The patient teachers will help you till the time you have learned to use the spinning wheel.

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, learn a few calming lessons on pottery and get messy.

Pottery Class

Price: 40 USD

Duration: 3 hours

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6. Jungle bike tour: Morning or afternoon trip (from USD 51.49)

jungle bike tour: morning or afternoon trip

Just because you are in a city as vibrant as Bangkok, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some nature activities on your holiday! This jungle bike tour guides you through Bang Kra Jao, allowing you catch a glimpse of hidden villages, old temples, and a floating market during the weekend.

The bike tour lasts for four hours and you will also get to visit a 250-year-old temple during your ride. There is also a workshop, where you can learn about the process of incense making.

Bangkok Jungle Bike Tour: Morning or Afternoon Trip

Duration: 4 hour

193 reviews

7. Full-day eco zip line adventure (from USD 136.16)

full-day eco zip line adventure

Get close to nature and befriend the rainforest with this full-day eco zip line adventure tour. Brace yourself for a thrilling 3 km (1.9 mile) gliding adventure, as you zip through the Thai jungle. You will also be prepped beforehand and given knowledge about the local wildlife and vegetation you’ll spot during your adventure. Learn how to preserve the rainforest with your friends and family while having fun!

From Bangkok: Zipline Rainforest Day Adventure w/ Transfers

Duration: 7 hour

40 reviews

8. LINE Village Bangkok (from USD 36.0)

Some of you might be familiar with the famous LINE communication app, as well as its adorable mascots. For the LINE fans, Bangkok has a treat for you. Drop by the first ever LINE indoor attraction and interact with life-sized LINE mascots in the different themed rooms. You can take as many pictures as you want to take home as a souvenir. Don’t forget to also redeem your exclusive LINE stickers before you step out of the Finale Room.

LINE Village Bangkok Park

Duration: 1 to 3 hours

9. Outdoor detective game: GoSnoop

outdoor detective game: gosnoop

Snoop around Bangkok in the most interesting and fun way! The GoSnoop Game turns you into a detective, where you are required to solve riddles by exploring the city, tasting delicious local delicacies, and stopping by breathtaking temples. The game will take you about three hours to complete. Light refreshments will also be provided, to keep your tummy happy throughout the game.

Bangkok's Outdoor Detective Game: GoSnoop

10. Marvel experience Thailand (from USD 30.0)

marvel experience thailand

Superhero fans, this is for you! Get your S.H.I.E.L.D. badge now and sign up for a thrilling adventure with your favorite superheroes, including Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and many more! You will get your chance to be the hero and save the world by battling Red Skull, as well as experience a phenomenal climbing adventure with Black Widow. We are sure the various interactive games and 4-D motion ride will blow your mind, too. Don’t miss this unique experience to share some time with your favorite heroes!

The Marvel Experience Thailand

Experience Bangkok

Bangkok has many hidden jewels waiting for you! Apart from the many prominent local attractions, why not take an alternate route and explore some of the unsung heroes the next time you visit the city? We can assure you that you won’t be disappointed!

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