If you are wondering about free things to do in Bangkok give a look at our article, we have listed the top 5 free things to do in Bangkok:
Free things to do in Bangkok – Visit Bangkok’s Temples
Many of the most famous temples in Bangkok charge an entrance fee. However many (though not all) of these temples you are able to enter for free if you visit them in the early morning while locals are making offerings to the temple to monks. If you get there early you may find even that the entrance fee booth hasn’t opened yet however making a small donation is probably a good thing to do.
Less touristy temples which are generally free to enter. For instance one is Wat Kalayanimitr, and also Wat Ratchabophit and Wat Rakhang in Thonburi. Sometimes the Grand Palace offers free access to part or all of the complex on some days when ceremonies take place, especially around the King’s Birthday in December.
Tonson Mosque, Assumption Cathedral and Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, also known as Wat Kaek, are other religious centres in Bangkok that don’t charge an entry fee.
One attractions in Bangkok is Baan Silapin, also referred to as the Artist’s Home, is an artistic neighborhood on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. There is a multitude of tiny boutiques open on the weekends. You can buy bread to feed the fishes in the canal, or buy a theatrical papier-mâché mask to paint yourself. There is great Thai food as well. Local puppeteers put on an authentic 15-minute puppet show at 2 pm every day except Wednesday, which is totally free of charge (donations accepted). Located on Charoen Sanitwong Soi 3.
Chom Thong railway station
If you wake up in the mood to visit a Chinese-influenced Thai temple, then head over a canal bridge to this arched tree tunnel.
Its incredible silence softly interrupted by the train’s puffing sound, the orange-clad monks passing over the footbridge, and the ubiquitous green all make for a wonderful little visit. the best time to cross this sacred secluded place is during a clear-sky morning of the rainy season. This is when the canopied tunnel is at its greenest, and its magical setting is catapulted into utter beauty by sunrays!
Get there in the morning, between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., and you’ll have a couple of shots on the train going by.
Bangkok Arts and Culture Center
Indeed, Bangkok has become an hub for contemporary arts, and the international art scene is currently very well-mapped. With numerous galleries, some of world-class significance, the 3,000 sq m BACC center is Bangkok’s hub for Thai modern art, and it gives the city a Guggenheim-like feel, it is one of our favorite free things to do in Bangkok.
But the actual highlight is the state-of-the-art, vertigo-inducing architecture, all beautifully whitewashed, with rounded corners and spirals. If you happen to be with a group of snarky friends hobnobbing, now is your chance to get the upper hand and claim to know an iota about modern art!
Street Art and Graffiti
Three districts in Bangkok were dubbed creative hubs in Bangkok: Bangrak, Klong San, and Chao Phraya River. Now the old city has been vibrant and full of creative energies. There is no better way than by foot to explore this place maybe sipping some typical Thai drinks. Walking around you can discover old buildings with beautiful architectural styles, murals, craftsmen, mechanics, motor engineering retail stores, temples, Chinese shrines, mosques, churches, ancient houses of Chinese settlers, secret structures, antique shopping malls, fresh markets, food scene, cafes, art galleries, and converted warehouses. Take a map and go out and explore!
- Charoenkrung 32: You will see incredible murals like the Mardi character (a kid dressed in a bunny suit) by Alex Face, funky bears, and Bonus TMC tigers, Lolay’s black-and-white bone animals, and Kult’s mysterious portraits walking down this lane. This area is on Bangkok’s top list of tourists seeking street art.
- Soi Charoenkrung 30: This is the position where Scratching the Surface, a masterpiece by the Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto (aka Vhils), is displayed on the wall of the Portuguese Embassy.
- Soi Charoenkrung 28 (Captain Bush Lane): You can see the Pukruk of Meubon, a colorfully dressed bird riding a unicycle, a blue bird of Saddo decorated with a religious gar, a black and white mural of Daehyun Kim, and a multicolored piece of the Romanian painter.
- Trok San Chao Rong Kueak: This area of Talad Noi is packed with vibrant local street art, such as the murals in front of the Mother Roaster coffee shop, Charoenkrung’s Story by Studio Dialogue, DR CAS’s realistic sea turtle stars, fascinating Chinese community-influenced murals, plus images taken on a long wall by various local artists. The alley is highly photogenic.