Bangkok is one of the most visited cities in the world with a handful of experiences that mainstream tourists have yet to find. Unique, unusual, undiscovered: Bangkok’s got it covered.
Visit the Death Museum
The Siriraj Medical Museum, appropriately dubbed the Death Museum, is not a place for the fainthearted. It is actually made up of six different museums, many of which are full of gory, grotesque displays. Deformed children, body parts of both humans and animals, graphic photographs taken postmortem: the list of eerie exhibits goes on. Much of the information is in Thai, but visitors keen for goosebumps and a truly unusual day should check out this museum. There’s a ฿200 (US$5.80) entrance fee to see all six museums.
Drink Coffee with Animals
Coffee, crepes, cats: you never know what you are going to find at one of the many pet cafes around Bangkok. Crazy cat people should beeline for Caturday Cat Café, equipped with enough fluffy felines to keep even the most avid of kitty-loving coffee drinkers happy. Those looking for something with a bit more fur may instead opt for True Love Café, a husky café located off the BTS Skytrain station Ari. There are plenty of these cafes found around the capital, great for those pet-loving travelers who are missing their furry friends back home.
Grocery Shop at Khlong Toei
A short drive from some of the city’s most luxurious malls and flashy urban décor is Khlong Toei, one of the oldest and biggest slums in the capital. The living conditions here are oftentimes deplorable, but it’s home to the Khlong Toei Market: the largest wet market in Bangkok, full of fresh produce, meat, seafood, and more. Slaughtered chickens lie atop cages of squawking ones. Freshly caught seafood lies on tin racks overflowing with ice. This market, though certainly overwhelming, is one of the coolest areas in the city to photograph as well as find cheap groceries.
Visit Bangkok’s Airplane Graveyard
The skeletal remains of what used to be a high-flying airplane scatter the otherwise abandoned lot known as the airplane graveyard. Graffiti, trash, and miscellaneous and decaying parts of aircraft make up the interior of the decommissioned plane. Located in a lot in the eastern neighborhood of Ramkhamhaeng, this plane is now home to three families, who reside in its severed wings and abandoned aircraft cabin. Visitors can explore the lot, which is entirely off the beaten path. The families living there charge an entrance fee of ฿150 (US $4.40).
Dine in the Dark
Switch off the lights and switch on your senses at Dine in the Dark. With the help of the restaurant’s visually impaired guides, visitors embark on one of the most memorable dining experiences in the capital. Dine in the Dark is a new concept, found at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. It gives diners the chance to experience how the visually impaired dine, and allows them to disengage their sense of sight and enjoy a meal only using taste, smell, and touch. Visitors can choose from a number of four-course meals, including vegetarian, Asian, Western, or special surprise! After removing items that could disrupt the meal (such as cell phones), diners are led by a guide into a pitch-black room. This unique dining experience is available after 6:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. The entire experience is ฿1,450 (US$42).
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