Bangkok is one of Southeast Asia’s most captivating cities. That being said, a day’s itinerary in the capital can be ruined by a storm, especially during the monsoon season in Thailand. If visitors do happen to frequent during the raining season and get hit with a downpour, be sure to follow our guide on how to spend a rainy day in Bangkok.
Visit an art gallery
Art connoisseurs will be happy to hear that there are plenty of galleries found in the capital. Our favorite is the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre. For one, the gallery connects to the BTS Skytrain, allowing visitors to avoid the rain when entering. It is also equipped with cute cafes, bookstores, and artsy shops. The high ceilings are ideal for showcasing the latest exhibition and locals artists. Visitors can spend an entire day meandering this stunning structure, which in itself is a work of art.
Catch a film
Bangkok has with some of the most elaborate and unique of movie theaters in the world. Visitors can have the ultimate theater experience with 4D or IMAX showings in one of the VIP cinemas. Those looking to save some baht may instead opt for a classic theater that shows new films, without all the fancy gimmicks. Regardless of visitors’ preferences, there is a theater for all types of film fanatics. Those visitors who catch a film on a Wednesday should go to the cinema found at the Terminal 21 shopping mall. All movies are only ฿100 (US$3).
Grab a bite to eat
Visitors may be dismayed knowing that street food is off the table on a rainy day. Fret not, as there are plenty of alternative delicious eateries you can frequent. Though indoors, you can indulge in some of the most noteworthy of Thai and Western dishes in restaurants around the city. Some of our favorites include Cabbages & Condoms, Supanniga Eating Room, Baan Ice, and May Veggie Home. For more recommended restaurants, please feel free to shoot us a message!
Channel your inner shopaholic
Visitors will have to hold off on heading to a market on a rainy day in Bangkok. That being said, there are many of malls to choose from in the City of Angels. Frilly shoppers looking for luxury and name brand items should head to Siam Paragon. There are some six different floors to choose from, each one equipped with lavish items. Pantip Plaza is the mother of all things electronic. Vendors are crammed together selling everything from DVDs to game devices and more. Regardless of the mall you choose to go to, be prepared to blow some baht. Some other noteworthy shopping malls in the city include Mahboonkrong (MBK Center), EmQuartier, CentralWorld, and Terminal 21.
Take a cooking class
Thai culture is expressed through the many of unique dishes found here. The sheer abundance and wide variety of cuisine proves just how important Thai food is to the locals. It is for this reason that visitors to the country cannot miss out on taking a Thai cooking class to learn more about this delicious art form. There are many of cooking schools in Bangkok which offer varying types of classes daily. Some of the best include Silom Thai Cooking School, Blue Elephant, and Baipai Thai Cooking School. Visitors looking for an intimate cooking class need to check out Traveling Spoon. Their website allows visitors to Thailand to book private cooking classes with locals in their actual home.
Frequent a museum
Those looking to get educated during a downpour should frequent one of the museums in the capital. The most remarkable and extensive of them all is the National Museum. It offers visitors a brief look into the history of the country. Splendid Sukhothai-style sculptures can be found in the Buddhaisawan Chapel. Lanna art from the 13-16th centuries are on exhibit here, and the number of interesting displays and structures on show seemingly goes on and on. Other museums worth a visit in the city include the Jim Thompson House Museum, National Museum of Royal Barges, and the Siriraj Medical Museum, otherwise known as the Death Museum.
Have a spay day
Visitors to Bangkok will find that they are able to get pampered for cheap in the capital. Sketchy massage parlors found just adjacent Soi Cowboy have Thai and foot massages for as little as ฿100 (US$3). Those hoping for something a bit more luxurious can opt for one of the many Health Lands found in the city, of which there are nine locations to choose from. Spas are found on every soi (street), so feel free to explore in order to find the right one for you.
Try your hand at Muay Thai
Working out has never been more fun than at a Muay Thai gym in Bangkok. Muay Thai is the national sport in Thailand, so gyms tailored to those who want to practice their boxing skills in the ring are certainly in abundance in the capital. After having tried a few gyms, we are a big fan of the Watchara Muay Thai gym near the BTS Skytrain station Phloen Chit. The trainers are equipped with excellent skills in the ring in addition to great senses of humor. They are ready to cheer on those who run out of steam quickly into a session. Many of gyms welcome all skill levels as well, so do not be shy to strap on some gloves and take to the ring, even if it is your first time.