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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Top 9 things to do in Khao Yai Thailand

Khao Yai is often dubbed as the Switzerland of Thailand. Reasons being the cooler weather and picturesque surroundings. Here are the top 10 things to do in Khao Yai.

1) Khao Yai National Park

Go trekking in the jungles of Khao Yai national park and have an adventure you will never forget. Meet wildlife such as deer, woodlouse, leeches, monkeys and even wild elephants if you are really really lucky. Also, visit Haew Suwat Waterfall, the largest waterfall in the park. This waterfall was used in a scene with Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “The Beach”.

Address: Hin Tung, Mueang Nakhon Nayok District, Nakhon Nayok 26000, Thailand

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2) Ban Mai Chay Nam Restaurant

This is one unique restaurant you will never forget. Besides being a restaurant, it is also a museum that has a collection of antiques, old chinaware, creepy looking dolls, old toys, figurines, statues, arcade machines etc. You can also have a go at playing the pinball machine and air hockey. Besides that, they serve delicious food. So many things to see and so many things to do!

Hours: 10 am – 10 pm

Address: 21, Mittaphap Road, Tambon Pak Chong, Amphoe Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima, 30130, Thailand

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3) Mawmuek Cafe

If you love cats, you will absolutely love this place. For a small token such as buying a drink or a souvenir, you are allowed entry into the cafe. Besides playing with them, you can also purchase wet cat food to feed them. You will definitely have a great time here!

Hours: Tues – Fri 10:30am – 6pm, Sat – Sun 9:30am – 7pm, closed on Mon

Address: 146/1 ม .4 Palio Khaoyai ถนน ธนะรัชต์ Tambon Mu Si, Amphoe Pak Chong, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand

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4) Primo Piazza

Primo Piazza combines stunning elegant Italian architecture with the beautiful backdrop of the mountains of Khao Yai. Get a chance to interact with the sheep and alpacas in this cozy farm by feeding them pandan leaves. While the alpacas are not allowed to roam freely perhaps due to their temperament, the sheep are able to do so. Besides visiting the animals, have a great time using the architecture to take beautiful photos.

Hours: 9 am – 6 pm

Address: 861 Moo 6, Thanarat Road Tambol Nong Nam Daeng Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130

5) GranMonte Vineyard and Winery

We booked a tour with GrandMonte Vineyard and it was really fun and educational. Perhaps we went in the month with the highest rainfall thus we were the only participants for the tour and we were pretty happy about it. Our guide spoke English very well and she went though the different types of wine produced and the processes they have to undertake. While wine making isn’t something that is uncommon, what makes this place so special is that they found a way to make wine in a country that does not have a climate that is thought of as being suitable for making wine. Do visit them to learn how they did it.

Address: 52 MOO 9, Payayen, Pansuk-Kudkla Street, Nakhon Ratchasima, 30320, Thailand

6) Midwinter Green

Midwinter Green is a restaurant that looks like a magical castle. You will definitely feel like a prince or princess your own fairy tale once you step foot into the restaurant. Not only is the decor absolutely stunning, the food served was really scrumptious. Get really to be swept away by this amazing restaurant.

Hours: 10 am – 10 pm

Address: 10 88/88 Soi Ban Sai Thong Mu 24 Soi 2, Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand

7) Wat Bu Pai

We initially did not plan to go here. But, on out way to Mister Mushroom, we passed by this temple and we were so impressed by the statue that we decided to stop and it was a great decision to do so. Coming here gave us a glimpse of local life. It was not a touristy destination and we did not see any other tourists. Besides visiting the beautiful temple, we walked through a local market that was right next to it. They had various amulets and trinkets, food, produce, clothes and even a blown up bouncy castle. If you want to visit a destination that is off the beaten path, make a trip here.

Address: 105 moo 5 Tambon Wang Nam Khiao, Amphoe Wang Nam Khiao, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30370, Thailand

8)Mister Mushroom

Mister Mushroom is a hidden shopping paradise in Khao Yai. There are just so many mushroom related products that you can easily spend an hour deciding what to buy back. They have spreads, snacks, tea, moisturizers and even ice cream – all made from mushrooms. Even though they do not advertise any tours, if you are interested to see how the mushrooms are grown, just ask the staff if they are available to give you a tour of the farm when you are there.

Hours: 8 am – 5 pm

Address: 155 Moo 2, Sukklao, Tambon Tha Samakkee, Wang Nam Khieo, Nakhon Ratchasima 30370

9) The Chocolate Factory

The Chocolate Factory is a chocolate lover’s dream come true. Not only can you buy chocolate products and eat chocolate cakes, you can even dine in their restaurant which serves an array of western and Thai cuisine.

Hours: Mondays – Thurs 9:30 am – 9 pm, Fri – Sun 9:30 am – 10 pm

Address: Pak Chong, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand

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Ban Mai Chay Nam Novelty Restaurant by the river in Khao Yai

Ban Mai Chay Nam is a restaurant, a museum and a hotel all rolled into one. Located in Khao yai which is just a 3 hour drive from Bangkok, this unique restaurant is one that you cannot miss.

Just a few steps into the restaurant and we knew this place was really special.  

The restaurant is filled with interesting, weird and old things in every nook and cranny, you will never spend a bored second here. There are old chinaware, creepy looking dolls, antiques, old toys, figurines, statues, arcade machines etc.

If you thought that everything is old and just for display – you thought wrong. Some of the arcade games such as Air Hockey and Family Guy Pinball are still playable. If you do not have enough coins, you can proceed to the counter to make an exchange.  

Besides playing the games, you get to take awesome pictures as well!

We had so much fun walking around and exploring the place that we forgot we were there for the food in the first place.

The first dish we got was shredded pork with rice cooked with coconut milk and papaya salad. The sticky rice was fragrant and it went well with the crispy and salty pork. The papaya salad was sweet, spicy, salty and sour all at the same time. It was really balanced out.

The second dish was grilled catfish with sweet fish sauce and neem. I have never tried neem before and was curious to try it. I must say, the taste is an acquired one. When you first eat it, it presents a mild taste but as you chew, it becomes more and more bitter. The neem is best enjoyed with a bite of the catfish and sauce.

Before you leave, remember to take a picture on the wooden bridge over the beautiful river.


If you want to experience something unique in Khao Yai, do head over to Ban Mai Chay Nam. A word of advice was given to us by one of the locals, they said that the restaurant is best enjoyed at night as it could get really hot in the day because of the zinc roofs. Have fun eating, playing and taking pictures!

Hours: 10 am – 10pm

Address: 21 หมู่บ้านเกาะแก้ว Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand

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Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket

Soi Dog Foundation is a shelter that houses both cats and dogs. It’s mission is to improve the welfare of stray dogs in Thailand by addressing the problem of over-population. The foundation is also working in several countries to end the inhumane and barbaric dog meat trade in Asia.

Road traffic accidents, poisonings, serious wounds and cruelty cases are a few of the main reasons why the animals are in the foundation.

Some animals are very affectionate while others are wary of human touch. This shows that although all of the animals had a difficult past, the affection and dedication given by the foundation has affected them in a positive way. The animals that are still sensitive may need more time to adjust and the environment provided is the best place they can be in.

There are many cats and dogs up for adoption on their adoption page. Even if you reside overseas, the process for adoption is easy. Once the adoption application has been approved, your pet will either travel as manifested cargo or as accompanied baggage with a flight volunteer. There is no adoption fee required, however, the travel costs incurred will have to be covered by you.

I had a great time at the foundation and if I lived in Phuket, I would definitely volunteer as much as I can. If you happen to be in Phuket, please visit the foundation and give your love to the animals who need it so much. If you can’t physically be there, you can always sponsor a dog or a cat through their website. 


Soi Dog Foundation is open to visitors Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 15.30.

Guided tours run at 09.30, 11.00, 13.30, and 14.30 and do not have to be booked in advance. The shelter is open on Saturday mornings for tours at 9.30 and 10.30.

The shelter is closed on Saturday afternoons and all day Sunday.

Webiste: https://www.soidog.org/

Address: Soi Dog Foundation, 167/9 Moo 4, Soi Mai Khao 10, Tambon Mai Khao, Amphur Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand

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Abandoned Hyatt Hotel in Phuket

I love to explore abandoned places and when I planned a road trip from Singapore to Phuket, I found out about the desolated abandoned Hyatt Hotel.

I tried to search for information on this hotel on the internet but I couldn’t find anything concrete on why it was abandoned. Some claimed that the hotel was abandoned in the mid 2000s and perhaps a tsunami came. Others felt that perhaps the owners ran out of money and thus stopped building it.

The hotel was simply majestic. I would imagine that if it was completed, it would have looked great.

One of the hotel rooms with a Jacuzzi.

Back of the room with a bathtub. 

Besides being accessible from the road, you can enter the hotel through Nai Yang beach. 

The swimming pool.

We didn’t dare to venture out too far as the sun was setting and it was getting dark. Also, it was spooky as hell, even the slightest movement freaked me out.


If you’re an adventurer and have a taste for scary abandoned buildings which may have ghosts residing in them, visit this abandoned Hyatt hotel to get your fix!

It is not listed on google maps thus the closest location I can give you is the address of Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa at Nai Yang Beach which is right next to it.

Address: 92, 92/1 Moo 3 Tambol Sakoo, Amphur, Talang Tambol Sakoo Phuket, Tambon Sa Khu, Amphoe Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket 83110, 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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The Chocolate Factory @ Khao Yai

Everyone needs chocolates in their lives. And where better to get your chocolate fix then to visit The Chocolate Factory at Khao Yai.

They have a great selection of brownies, cookies, chocolate bars, cakes and others to take away with you.

Watch how they prepare the chocolates! It’ll make you want to eat them even more.

Get your fill of cakes and chocolates.

They even have a restaurant on the second level.

Mushroom ravioli – creamy light and very mushroomy.

Charcoal grilled Australian rib eye steak with peppercorn sauce – so tender and juicy.

Giant river prawn with brown rice – it looks like a lobster but it’s a lot tougher.

Choco banana – what could go wrong when you mix bananas and chocolates?


The Chocolate Factory at Khao Yai had so many things to eat that we visited the place twice! We would have loved to try more of the food there though we just didn’t have the time. We hope you will enjoy this place as much as we did.

Hours: Mondays – Thurs 9:30 am – 9 pm, Fri – Sun 9:30 am – 10 pm

Website: http://www.chocolatefactory.co.th/

Address: 352 หมู่ 2 Mu Si, Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand

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Mawmuek Cafe @ Khao yai

Mawmuek Cat Cafe is situated in a Tuscan themed village in Khao Yai. The village is a picturesque shopping district that is filled with restaurants, cafes, souvenirs and many opportunities to take beautiful pictures. However, the highlight of this place is definitely this cat cafe that sits quietly in the village. 

The Cafe is divided into two sections – a cafe section and a play area for the cats. There is no specified entrance fee but in order to play with the cats, you would just have to purchase either a drink or a souvenir. You may also purchase wet cat food to feed the cats. Look at how excited they are to see the food!

I tried to be fair by trying to feed most of the cats there. But, some cats were just more aggressive and they will push their way through. Haha

Look at how cute their paws are.

There were a variety of cats there like scottish folds, bengals, persians, short hairs and garfields? When the food was finished, most of them returned to their chilled state. They went back to either lazing around or sleeping. If you were looking to play with them, they would be rather uninterested. It is best to make use of your time there by sitting quietly and immersing yourself with their everyday lives.

This was the cutest cat we saw just because it loved to sleep on its back and it looked really funny.


If you happen to visit Palio Village in Khao Yai, don’t just spend your time shopping or eating! You have to stop by Mawmuek cafe, I promise you will have a great time here!

Hours: Tues – Fri 10:30am – 6pm, Sat – Sun 9:30am – 7pm, closed on Mon

Address: 146/1 ม .4 Palio Khaoyai ถนน ธนะรัชต์ Tambon Mu Si, Amphoe Pak Chong, Chang Wat Nakhon Ratchasima 30130, Thailand

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Affordable Dim Sum At Chok Dee Dim Sum Hatyai

It all begins with choosing your dim sum! With so many choices to choose from, you won’t have to worry about not getting your fill. 

The prawn crystal dumplings had a chewy skin filled with fresh juicy prawns. The siew mai had a good skin to filling ratio and the meat was cooked to perfection. The chicken feet were seasoned well with a good amount of ginger and dried chili which gives it that little extra kick. And, if you notice, we had three dishes with salted egg yolks in them as we absolutely loved any dim sum that had them. Yummy!

Besides being famous for dim sum, bak ku teh is a must try and it is the signature dish of this restaurant. When we got there, every table had ordered bak ku teh along with dim sum. The soup tasted strongly of herbs and it had a good amount of pork, beancurd skin and enoki mushrooms. It was really delicious.

Lastly, it was time for dessert. But because we were already so full from what we ate, we decided to share one custard bao. We quickly realized how awesome this bao was. The custard was a salty and sweet golden liquid that kept oozing out. One bite of the bao and we knew one wasn’t enough. So, don’t be like us, get one or two custard baos per person at least!


Visit Chok Dee Dim Sum if you want to eat dim sum. Visit Chok Dee Dim Sum if you want to have Bak Ku Teh. Visit Chok Dee Dim Sum if you want to have breakfast, lunch, dinner or even supper. Just Visit Chok Dee dim Sum!

Hours: 6am – 12pm, 5 pm – 10 pm

Address: 58 25 ซอย ละม้ายสงเคราะห์ 1 ตำบล หาดใหญ่ Hat Yai District, Songkhla 90110, Thailand

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Conquer Khao Chong Krajok monkey temple with 396 steps in Prachuap Kiri Khan

This temple sits quietly on top of a steep hill in Prachuap Kiri Khan. If you’re looking for an “off the beaten path” experience, this place is for you! 

Looking up the steps can be quite daunting especially when you’re only at the beginning.  If you notice, the locals who frequent the temple brought sticks and bananas with them. We were just glad that they would get all the attention from the monkeys and not us!  

I know that in the pictures, the sky looked cloudy. But it was actually sweltering. Every step we took grew more  difficult as we got higher. We were told by some ladies who seemed to be selling bananas at the foot of the hill to not bring any bags or loose items up. While we were climbing up, the monkeys would brazenly sit at the steps or pass us by closely. They also seemed to be looking out for food – most likely bananas. It was a good thing we didn’t bring much with us up. 

Finally! Honestly, 396 steps wasn’t that difficult after all.

Great views from all around the temple!

If you are visiting Prachuap Kiri Khan, climbing up this temple is a must if you would like to enjoy great panoramic views of its surroundings. Just be wary of the monkeys who have made the temple their home!

Address: RQ8X+48R, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77000, Thailand

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