10 Unique things to do in Bangkok Thailand

1) Visit the Abandoned Airplane Graveyard

When will you ever have a chance to explore an abandoned Boeing airplane ever in your life? Well now you get to have your chance. It is not a place where you have to secretly crawl through a fence or climb over one. It is as simple as giving 200B to the family who lives at the grounds. While 200B may seem like too much for a place that is supposedly abandoned, perhaps you can treat it as a donation to the family.

Address: 13.764812 100.652406, Khwaeng Hua Mak, Khet Bang Kapi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10240, Thailand

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2) Walk around Khlong Toey Market

If you want to get off the tourist path and experience real local life, visit Khlong Toey Market. Immerse yourself in the sights and smells and enjoy every moment of it. Besides selling the usual produce, you can also find eels, turtles, ant eggs, water bugs, silkworms and snails.

Hours: 6 am – 2pm

Address: 1 Kasem Rat Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

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3) Eat insects at Insects in the Backyard

If you are afraid to eat insects, maybe this restaurant will change your mind. Insects in the Backyard transforms your everyday insects such as ants, silkworms, bamboo worms and crickets into fine dining dishes. Every dish is carefully thought out and incorporates the insects in a tasteful way. Not only did they look creepily nice, they tasted great as well. Do not let the idea of insects scare you away from trying them.

Hours: 2pm-11pm , closed on wednesdays

Address:  Chang Chui Market – 460/8 Sirindhorn Rd, Khwaeng Bang Phlat, Khet Bang Phlat, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10700

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4) See animals at the animal section of Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak market is known for being one of the world’s largest weekend markets. It is easy to get lost in rows and rows of stalls. But, if you manage to make your way to the animal section, you will be rewarded with interesting sights. Snakes, rodents, dogs, cats, tortoises, beavers, lizards, rabbits – you can find almost any animal that they think are capable of being pets.

Hours: Weekends 9 am – 6 pm

Address: Kamphaeng Phet 3 Rd, Khwaeng Lat Yao, Khet Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand

5) Try to get in Sathorn Unique Tower

I have always liked going to abandoned places and after watching the show “The Promise”, I really wanted to see the tower. I read online that you could bribe the security guards to go inside but recently however, this practice has stopped. Also, some said that you could try jumping from a nearby building to get in but, I didn’t have the guts to do it. So if you are daring enough to take the plunge, you might be able to get in. If not, you’ll just be like me – admiring from the outside.

Address: 266/14-15, Soi Siam Square 3, Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Khet Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330, 10330, Thailand

6) Take a picture at the Abandoned Train Cemetery

Follow the tracks moving north from Bang Sue Station and you will reach the cemetery. To get there, you will have to cross the train tracks and that is an adventure by itself. Make sure to look out for trains coming from either direction and make your way quickly over. Also, climb over the fence if you want to take a closer look but be careful of anyone patrolling the area.

Address:104/35 Soi Liap Thang Rotfai, Bang Sue, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10900, Thailand

7) Eat Goong Ten at Rod Fai Night Market Srinakarin

Goong Ten literally translates to “dancing shrimps”. The name is aptly given as the shrimps will move in your mouth because you will be eating them alive. You will be scared at first but the shrimps die pretty quickly after they are taken out of the water – so don’t worry too much about them moving around too much.

Hours: 5pm – 1am , closed on mon and tue

Address: ถนน ศรีนครินทร์ Khwaeng Nong Bon, Khet Prawet, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250, Thailand

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8) Feed the catfishes in the Chao Phraya River

I really don’t know how many catfishes there are in the Chao Phraya River but I think they might have an overpopulation problem. It is easy to purchase fish food at the piers and you should be able to feed them anywhere along the river.

9) Eat Wattana Panich the “oldest” soup in Bangkok

This stall is about 60 years old and they have retained their soup in the wok every single night instead of throwing it away. While this may sound strange and maybe unhygienic, it is believed by the Chinese that the longer a wok has not be washed, the tastier and more flavorful the dish will be. We have tasted their beef soup and it tastes delicious.

Hours: 9 am to 9 pm (Closed on the last Monday of every month)

Address: 336-338 Soi Ekkamai 18, Sukumvith 63 Rd, Khlong Toei Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok 10110

10) Visit the Slums

Khlong Toey Slums

Bang Sue Slums

Khlong Toey is one of the largest slums in the city. On the way to the train cemetery, we also discovered slum-liked settlements near Bang Sue train station,

Many of the people live illegally in these squatter settlements and most don’t own the homes they live in. In the 1950s, cheap labor was in demand and many people relocated to the capital. A rental system was established where the people moving in could settle on land at a low cost. However in the 1970s, landowners favored building condominiums and new developments and ceased to provide low housing costs. They also stopped collecting rent and without a payment system, these illegal squatter settlements continued to grow.

These people live in tin-roofed homes over polluted and stagnant water. The areas have also become more and more populated with houses being crammed right next to each other.

Do visit the slums to experience how some people can still be living in such conditions despite being in a modern and developed city like Bangkok.

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Dancing Shrimps “Goong Ten” in Bangkok

I always had a penchant for trying weird foods and on my wish list was Goong ten. Goong ten (กุ้งเต้น) is a Thai dish that literally translates to dancing shrimps.

Although Goong Ten is a street dish that is normally sold by hawkers, it proved to be very difficult to find in Bangkok! And interestingly enough, instead of finding it on the streets, I found it sold at a stall in Rod Fai Night Market Srinakarin.

It was interesting to find a group of youngsters selling Goong Ten together, I always had the idea that it would be sold by the older generations.

Look at all the shrimps swimming around. I felt a little bad at that time for the shrimps, they were going to be eaten alive – by me!

If I were a shrimp, I wouldn’t be very happy right now! I’m going to guess from this video what the recipe is and what the ingredients are but if you would like a proper recipe for Goong Ten, please search the internet.

Here it goes!

1) Scoop the shrimp out of the tank and place it into a mixing bowl.

2) Add lime

3) Add fish sauce

4) Add chilli flakes

5) Add peanuts

6) Add salt and pepper

7) Add cilantro, mint leaves and red onions

8) Mix well

Now for the taste test! Eating the shrimps was really hard at first, they kept jumping around and some actually jumped out of the bowl. I was really scared to eat them as I thought their hard shells would poke my mouth. I wanted to get through the first bite fast, so that involved chewing quickly and killing the prawns fast. Surprisingly, the prawns were very soft and easy to chew and they did not jump inside my mouth. The sauce was sour and spicy and eating the prawns with the cilantro and mint leaves was really refreshing. After the first bite, subsequent bites became really easy, the prawns were also losing their vigor and only the strongest were still alive. This was a unique experience and I would definitely try it again. I urge you to try it too!

If you are having a hard time searching for Goong Ten, head over to Rod Fai Night Market Srinakarin.

Hours: 5pm – 1am , closed on mon and tue

Address: ถนน ศรีนครินทร์ Khwaeng Nong Bon, Khet Prawet, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250, Thailand

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Khlong Toei Market in Bangkok

What better way to understand a country than to visit a local market! Khlong Toei Market is a fresh market selling raw meat, vegetables, seafood, dried goods and other items like clothes or household related things.

If you come from a big city like me and you’re used to clean air-conditioned supermarkets, you’ll be in for a real treat. Be sure to catch the locals going about their everyday lives in a non-touristy place in Bangkok. 

I loved how chaotic it was – how the locals were busy getting their groceries, how the sellers were shouting out bargains. I also loved how it was so different from a supermarket – loved how it was not as clean as a supermarket (not saying that the food there was unclean), loved how it was a little less organized. And, I absolutely loved the different smells emitting from the fruits, the raw meat, the live produce and the surroundings.

Look at how laid back the chicken sellers are.

Fresh meat!

They even have a selection of exotic food. From the top left: eels, turtles, ant eggs, water bugs, silkworms and snails.

Beautiful view of a canal running through the market.

If you want an unfiltered, authentic view of Bangkok, be sure to visit Khlong Toei Market! Have an experience that is truly unforgettable.

Hours: 6 am – 2pm

Address: 1 Kasem Rat Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

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Abandoned Airplane Graveyard in Bangkok

Situated just a little north east from the city center of Bangkok lies a hidden gem – a graveyard filled with abandoned airplanes.

It was not difficult to find the place as it was right in the middle of other buildings and stationed next to a main road. When you get there, it may seem like the place is out off bounds to visitors as the gates to the compounds were locked up. We almost thought that we could not go through. But, after standing around the gates and trying to look inside, a man came up to us and we asked him if we could go inside. We knew from reading various reviews on the internet that they family who lived there charged a fixed 200 Baht per person to enter. Of course we tried to be coy and asked if 200 Baht for two people would be possible. But, it was firm no. It may seem like a ridiculous amount of money to get into a place that is supposedly abandoned but you won’t regret it as the views inside were amazing.

Getting into the plane was a little difficult for me but perhaps easy for people who like climbing things. We found an open door on the right side of the plane and this was the easiest way to get in.

After going through the entrance, there was a ladder that we climbed to reach the second level of the plane. It was a little dark and cramped inside but it was quite easy to get here. Well it seems like the plane has been stripped of almost everything it once had and what was left were scraps.

This was the cockpit of the smaller plane. It was really cool to see that the chairs and the frames were still intact.

Another entrance into the plane but obviously it’s a little higher and harder to get through. 

Having sunlight would have been better, unfortunately we reached when the sun was close to setting. 

There seems to be a family who stays here. We saw a few kids playing around, adults after having a shower and there were chickens walking around as well. I tried to ask the man who let us in if he stayed there but he told me he was the security guard. Well maybe he was really the security guard or maybe he was part of the family staying there, we really didn’t’ know

Anyways, if you do have 200 baht to spare, you will not have any regrets visiting this place!

Admission fee: 200 Baht as of 12th August 2018

Address: 13.764812 100.652406, Khwaeng Hua Mak, Khet Bang Kapi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10240, Thailand

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Fine dining Bangkok restaurant “Insects in the Backyard” takes eating insects to a whole new level!

As the world’s population grows and food resources decrease, the need to make food production more efficient and the reduction of food waste has never been more evident. A solution to this? Insects!

However, many of us would cringe at the thought of putting an insect into our mouths. Well, I guess it is for obvious reasons. I would assume images like these would come into our head.

But what if I told you these insects could be transformed and integrated seamlessly with our everyday food? Eating insects has never been easier. 

Welcome to fine dining restaurant Insects in the Backyard.

Walking into the restaurant was simply magical. The décor is extremely fitting to the theme of the restaurant.  Wooden furniture,  taxidermized animals and a lush garden outside makes one feel like they have been transported right into a forest. 

The menu presented an array of food. There were dishes that had insects and they were dishes that didn’t.  But of course, we came here for the insects!  

Drinks –   Insects Mhai Thai 

A fruity cocktail with bamboo worms, ant pupae floating on an island made up from the top of a green apple.  The ant pupae was juicy and it was interesting to see that some of the ants were more developed than the others. It was quite strange to see the ants staring back at you as we ate it but we overcame that fear pretty quickly. The bamboo worms were seasoned well and even though some of them fell into the drink, they still maintained their crispiness. This was one of the most unique cocktails we have ever drank. A definite must if you go.

Dish 1 – Fresh house made cricket pasta with black pesto and chorizo

We were really impressed by the use of crickets to make the pasta. The texture was a little chewier than pasta we were used to eating but other than that there was no way we could tell that this pasta was make of crickets if no one had told us. The silkworms were seasoned with salt and had a nutty taste to it. The pasta coupled with the nuttiness of the silkworms and the saltiness of the chorizo all complemented each other well and this was a very successful dish.

Dish 2 – Grilled sea bass with ant ‘caviar’ beurree blanc sauce and blacked corn salsa

The sea bass was cooked to perfection, the skin was crispy and the meat was light and silky. The insects in this dish were incorporated more as a garnish unlike the previous pasta dish were the insects were infused into the dish. What made this dish interesting was the used of the ant eggs in two ways – fried and as is (we were not sure how it was prepared, it could have been steamed or boiled or perhaps nothing was done). The fried version was very crispy perhaps similar to small crispy potato chips? The other version was very juicy, as you bite down on the eggs, the juice would squirt in your mouth – it was pretty satisfying to pop them. All in all, it was a really delicious dish.

For dessert, we had initially wanted to try their tiramisu made with silkworm powder as the use of insects had a bigger role in the dish. Unfortunately that wasn’t on the menu that day and they recommended cheesecake with silkworms instead. The cheesecake had a good creamy texture to it that was almost had a ‘melt in you mouth’ sensation. The silkworms were glazed in honey and the combination of their nuttiness and the sweetness proved to be very yummy. A great way to finish of our meal.

We wished we could try more dishes at Insects in the Backyard. It was truly a remarkable experience. While I am no stranger to eating insects in the past, this restaurant has transformed the way I thought insects could be prepared. If you are visiting Bangkok, do visit Insects in the Backyard, it will definitely be a meal you will never forget!

Hours: 2pm-11pm , closed on Wednesdays

Website: http://insectsinthebackyard.com/index.html

Address: Chang Chui Market – 460/8 Sirindhorn Rd, Khwaeng Bang Phlat, Khet Bang Phlat, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10700

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