Want to learn Muay Thai or the secrets of creating ultra-spicy Thai cuisine? Bangkok offers these fun activities and much more, including championship level golf courses, go-kart driving, and bicycle adventures. Take a tram around Bangkok’s famous attractions, then shoot em’ up at BB gun range. In Bangkok, the sky really is the limit with regards to exciting, intriguing, and interesting things to do. You will never be bored in Bangkok and your seventy-two hours in the City of Angels will be unforgettable.

Adventure Tours

The guys at Smiling Albino have been taking travelers on well-planned, fun, and memorable trips in Thailand and around Southeast Asia for over a decade. They have comprehensive walking tours and sojourns that give a taste of every mode of transportation. If you have more time, embark on their new ‘Bangkok 1910’ tour, focusing on Koh Rattanakosin, Yaowarat, Amphawa and the Gulf of Thailand looking at these areas from the point of view of 100 years ago, when King Rama V ushered Thailand into the modern era.

Smiling Albino Ltd.
2098/414 Ramkhamhaeng Road, Hua Mark,
Bangkapi District, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 2718 9561
Mobile: +66 (0) 8 1171 0778
www.smilingalbino.com

Bicycling Tours

As a growing metropolis, Bangkok can be fast-paced and hectic with people rushing to and fro. To discover the charms of the city on a more leisurely pace, there is no better way than taking a bicycle tour. Here are a couple great options:

Co van Kessel, the now-legendary Cycling Dutchman of Bangkok, has led wonderfully interactive bike tours for over 20 years, with several options depending on your stamina. Start out a half day tour on a ride through Bangkok’s Chinatown and take a return boat along the capital’s Chao Phraya River. If you are game for something more rigorous, start out at the crack of dawn on a ride that takes you along the klongs through the delightful and little-seen green areas of the capital.

Co van Kessel
Grand China Princess Hotel, 215 Yaowarat Road,
Samphanthawong District, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 2688 9933, +66 (0) 2688 9935, +66 (0) 8 7054 9878
Email: covankessel@yahoo.com
www.covankessel.com

 
Grasshopper Adventures This group of travel enthusiasts take riders to famous destinations while highlighting the little out of the way places that visitors might never see. Starting out near the Khao San Road backpacker haven, ride through tiny alleyways and see true local ways of living. From there, cyclists head to the suburbs of Bangkok, visiting jungle farmland, canals and ancient temples. They also have evening rides after sunset, to experience the beauty of Bangkok after dark in cooler weather.

Grasshopper Tours
Room 1210 Juldis River Mansion,
2/149 Soi 3 Samsen Road, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 8 7929 5208
Email: journeys@grasshopperadventures.com
www.grasshopperadventures.com

Tips: Wear lightweight cotton clothing, a baseball cap or hat to keep the sun out of your face, and closed toe shoes (as opposed to sandals or slippers).

 

Thailand Segway Tours

The Segway is a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle with computers and motors in the base to keep it upright and balanced. This nifty contraption will get you around town with style and ease at top speeds of 12.5 miles per hour, so there is definitely no shortage of power. Segway tours with English speaking instructors can be arranged to take you through Sanam Luang, Wat Pho, Koh Rattanakosin, Bang Krachao, and Ayutthaya province. This is the best way to beat Bangkok’s heat, where hours of walking around would leave you drained and dripping. Gliders are suggested to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Thailand Segway Tours
Woraburi Inn, 128/1 Sukhumvit Soi 4,
Located near BTS Nana Skytrain Station
Bangkok, Tel: +66 (0) 2253 6379
Email: info@thailandsegwaytours.com
www.thailandsegwaytours.com

 

Tram Ride around Koh Rattanakosin

Avoid the scorching heat of Bangkok on a tram operated by the Bangkok Tourist Bureau. Check out old Bangkok’s important places in 30 minutes without breaking a sweat, and relax while taking in the enchanting scenery. The first stop is Thammasat University, one of the leading universities in Thailand and a landmark of the Tha Phra Chan community. You’ll also visit the National Museum, the former palace of the Crown Prince, Santi Chaiprakarn Park, Phra Sumera Fortress, one of the two remaining old fortresses in the city, and Sanam Luang the historical Royal cremation grounds. The tram’s terminal is situated between the Grand Palace and Sanam Luang ground, and trams leave every 30 minutes from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM on weekdays and from 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM on the weekends. Fare is inexpensive, making this a worthy destination.

Bangkok Tourism Division
Tel: +66 (0) 2225 7612-5

Thai Sweets Tour at Koh Kret

Renowned as the center of kwan aman, a style of Mon pottery, which is baked unglazed red clay carved with intricate patterns, Koh Kret is an interesting cultural destination. In addition to cool pottery, Koh Kret also has an endless selection of traditional Thai sweets. Along Koh Kret’s main walkway there are a vast array of local stalls selling traditional Thai desserts. You can also procure some quick tips on how to prepare these sweets at home from the friendly vendors. Make sure to also take a boat ride through the canal where most of the locals make desserts. Additionally, there are all kinds of goods, food, souvenirs and local product such as cookware, homemade cosmetics and perfumes made by the local Mon community. (20 km north of Bangkok in Nonthaburi province)

Thai Boxing

Lumpini & Ratchadamnoen
Muay Thai, or the ‘Art of Eight Limbs’, is a traditional form of Thai martial arts that makes use of punches, kicks, elbow, and knee strikes. Known as Thailand’s national sport, Muay Thai has a growing following around the world. The fights themselves are fascinating and action packed, and allows a glimpse into traditional Thai culture. Bouts begin with ritualistic music and a slow dance as the boxers honor their teachers and the spirits of the ring. Consisting of five three-minute rounds, the bouts showcase the remarkable prowess and poise of fighters, with their well-honed techniques, as bettors frantically hand-signal wagers throughout the match. Fighters undergo intense training for many years before they can even enter these marquee arenas, as this sport requires peak physical and mental conditioning. The two most famous venues are located centrally in Bangkok, Lumpini Stadium (which is run by the Royal Thai Army) and the older Ratchadamnoen Stadium. Ticket prices range from 200THB for the cheap seats to 2,000THB for ringside.

Lumpini Stadium
Rama IV Road, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 2252 8765
Fights take place Tuesdays and Fridays from
06:30 PM, Saturdays 05:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Ratchadamnoen Stadium
Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue
Tel: +66 (0) 2281 4205
Fight nights are Mondays, Wednesdays,
Thursdays, Sundays, starting at 06:30 PM


Fairtex RCA

Fairtex is recognized as the gear of champions and endorsed by world title-holding fighters, instructors, promoters and sanctioning bodies worldwide as the leader and innovator in high impact combat sports. Now you can follow in the footsteps of champion Muay Thai fighters by training at the new Fairtex RCA gym. No expense has been spared, and the new gym reflects all the energy of the world famous RCA area. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or pro, this new gym has the facilities and instructors for all levels of expertise. Learn some basic moves for self-defense or get back into shape with a personalized training program at this modern gym located in one of the most happening spots of Bangkok.

Fairtex RCA
3rd Floor., RCA Driving Range, Soi Soonvijai, Rama IX Road,
Petchburi Road, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 2203 1443
www.muaythaifairtex.com

 

Jungle BB Gun

If the spicy Thai food isn’t exhilarating enough for you, then head over to Jungle BB Gun, where you can partake in some adrenaline pumping combat action. The guns look real, but the projectiles are small BBs that find their targets with precision. Simply holler, “I’m shot” to declare defeat and you will regain your civilian status. A series of in-door obstacles and a mid-court moat make up the war zone, where daring combatants vie for supremacy in well-organized platoons. Don’t be too apprehensive to join in, as the BBs are plastic and don’t cause too much of a sting. Warfare begins at 12:00 PM and continues on till 02:00 AM.

Jungle BB Gun
Soi Klong Lamchiak, Lad Prao Soi 73 and
Kaset-Nawamintra Road, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 8 3228 4640
www.junglebbgun.com

Easy Kart RCA

Race as though you are a skilled Formula One Driver, and compete with your friends at this exciting indoor venue. Choose between a tamer 125 cc Go-Kart, or go for the full throttle 390 cc Go-Kart, and test your racing skills to the max. Sit back, and relax with a cold drink or grab a bite to eat at the restaurant, and watch your friends cruise through the challenging course. Specially designed devices record your track times so you can compete head to head with friends. This is an exciting way to spend the evening, where you can be as daring or as docile as you wish. Easy Kart is especially good for corporate team building or even first dates.

Easy Kart RCA
2nd Floor, RCA Plaza, Soi Soonvijai, Rama IX Road,
Petchburi Road, Bangkok
www.easykart.net
Open 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School

Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School (LCBD) is a joint venture between the world famous Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School - founded in Paris in 1895 - and Dusit International – one of Thailand’s premier hotel brands. All instruction is given by Master Chefs, most of who have earned numerous awards and distinctions throughout their careers. The school was rated as one of the top 3 Culinary Schools in Asia at the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore - a very prestigious international award. All courses are approved by the Thai Ministry of Education (MOE), which means international students can formally study at the school on a proper “study-visa”. The main programs on offer include the Classic Cycle in Cuisine or Patisserie, which has 3 levels: Basic, Intermediate, and Superior (9 months duration). This is the same course offered at LCB Paris and London. The school also offers short courses in Coffee making (Barista), Wine Studies, and Bakery techniques

Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School
946 Dusit Thani Building, 1st Floor, Rama IV Road, Silom, Bangrak District, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 2237 8877 Fax: +66 (0) 2237 8878
Email: lecordonbleu@dusit.com
www.lecordonbleudusit.com

Wandee Culinary Thai Cooking School

This traditional cooking school is the first Thai cooking school accredited and approved by the Minister of Education as a testing institute for cooking personnel working abroad. The mission at Wandee is simple; to educate Thai food and dessert recipes for both Thai and foreigners, and to help them gain knowledge on standard recipes as well as delicious, original and traditional tastes. Wandee helps students learn how to prepare ingredients and how to prepare chili paste, dipping sauce, seasoning sauce, etc. At completion of the course, students will be able to cook and carve by themselves with ease. The school’s director, Professor Wandee Na Songkhla, takes teaching seriously, with a number of classes, ranging from one to forty days in duration, for all levels of expertise. Book your place now so you can start whipping up some fiery Thai favorites back home.

Wandee Culinary Thai Cooking School
294/16-17 Pradiphat Road,
Sam Sen Nai, Phaya Thai District, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 2279 9844-5, +66 (0) 2279 2204
Email: Info@wandeethaicooking.com
wandeeschool@yahoo.co.th

www.wandeethaicooking.com

Baipai Thai Cooking School

The cooking course at Baipai Thai Cooking School is an ideal home-style learning environment that is different from most of the hotels and restaurants in Bangkok.

You’ll experiment with new flavors and combine the freshest ingredients with techniques, to build your knowledge of Thai cuisine. Courses are conducted with a professional yet relaxed atmosphere in English by Thai professionals, suitable for beginners to experienced cooks. Traditional and practical Thai techniques are taught as well as substitutions for local Thai ingredients so you can show off your skills back home. The courses run daily from Tuesday to Sunday, with two courses a day in the morning and afternoon.
Baipai Thai Cooking School
150/12 Soi Naksuwan, Nonsee Road,
Chongnonsee, Yannawa District, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 2294 9029
Email: info@baipai.com
www.baipai.com
 

Amita Thai Cooking Class

This waterside cooking school offers excitement and hands-on classes that teach the essential elements of Thai cooking, allowing you to explore the real subtleties of Thai cooking methods that have been passed on for centuries. In the morning cooking class, qualified instructors provide you with the background of Thai cuisines in a garden, where you can enjoy picking your own fresh organic ingredients for each of the dishes. The classes are conducted in English, and students will be provided with their own cooking station and utensils to prepare and cook 4 Thai dishes. The cooking classes are limited to a maximum of ten participants in order to ensure individual attention for everyone. Students will also learn about alternative Thai cooking methods and substitutes for each dish, so they can show off their cooking prowess at home. Each cooking class at Amita has been designed as a half-day course, starting in the morning from 09:30 AM to 01:30 PM, every day of the week (except on Wednesdays).

Amita Thai Cooking Class
162/17 Soi Wutthakat 14, Wutthakat Road, Talad Plu
Thonburi, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 2466 8966
www.amitathaicooking.com

Driving Range

More than just a driving range, All Star is more like a community and department store with extensive facilities, restaurants and shops. Rent a VIP suite and step outside to smack a tray of balls into distant targets throughout the wide green expanse before retreating back into air-conditioned comfort for snacks and drinks. There are plenty of golf professionals on hand to straighten out your drive, and no need to bring your own clubs; you can rent all the latest new drivers and irons from Nike, Taylor Made, Callaway, Mizuno, and many more.

All Star Driving Range
518/5 Soi Saha Karnpramoon, Pracha-Uthit Road,
Wang Thonglang District, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 2934 8000
Open Mon-Fri 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM,
Sat-Sun 09:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Wilding Golf

This facility offers world-class training, state-of-the-art technology and advanced equipment to help perfect your swing. Have your swing recorded and analyzed in the cutting edge golf simulator by the attentive professional staff. Choose from comprehensive full day packages or focus with one hour sessions, and you will be amazed how they can shave strokes off your game so you can fully enjoy a day on the links. Wilding Golf also does custom club fittings, and coaching for putting. Open daily from 07:00 AM - 11:00 PM.

Wilding Golf Performance Center INTERCHANGE
399 Interchange Building (Level B2)
Sukhumvit Road, Klong Toey Nua,
Wattana District, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 2611 2552, + 66 (0) 2611 2553
www.wildinggolf.com

Muang Kaew Golf Course • Samut Prakan

Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley from the USA recently redesigned this 18-hole, par 72 course, and it’s a good one. Muang Kaew boasts well-guarded greens, many of which are elevated with large sides catchment areas, a very unique design aspect that one hardly ever seen on Thailand’s golf courses. Broad fairways give players some respite for approach shots, most of which are into tricky to hold greens due to the aforementioned elevation changes, high-lipped bunkers, and shaved fringes. The course seems to get better by the hole, especially with the exciting risk-reward Par 5 13th, where players have a blind tee shot and an approach shot over a large and threatening water hazard. Even softer hitters can bite off a bit of the dogleg and have a manageable approach at the green, although you’ll need to hit the ball at least 150 yards over the water. Additionally, the clubhouse serves up some of the best Western food in Bangkok and the Pro Shop has an excellent selection of mens and ladies golf apparel. One of the closest courses to Bangkok, Muang Kaew is very well kept and makes for an excellent golf outing for those only staying for a short period of time.

 


Muang Kaew Golf Course

52 Moo 8 Bangna-Trat Road, Samut Prakan
Tel: +66 (0) 2740 2693 -700
Email: agm@muangkaewgolf.com
www.muangkaewgolf.com