Traveling in Bangkok is cheap comparing to many other capital cities in the world. Anyway, if you are a budget traveler who wants to save money as much as you can, here are some examples of free (or at least cheap) things to do in Bangkok. Hope you like them.
Visit Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) – Visit a nine-storey art gallery in the middle of the shopping malls; it is located at Pathumwan Intersection. You can expect to see both Thai and international art works here. Besides, there are artist shops, cafes, and bookstores inside the building. Admission is free to all visitors. You can read my review, and the information such as opening hours and how to go there here.
Visit floating market – visiting floating market is a way to see traditional Thai life. The most popular one is Damnoen Saduak Floating Market which is located in Ratchaburi province. The one that I recommend and is located in Bangkok is Taling Chan Floating Market. At floating market, you will usually see local vendor boats selling foods and local products. If you plan to go a floating market, I recommend you to eat the cheap and delicious foods there.
Visit parks – most of the parks in Bangkok has no entrance fee. You can visit the one that is close to the BTS Skytrain or MRT Subway such as Lumpini Park, Benjakitti Park, and Benjasiri Park. Some parks have boats and bicycles available for rent, and usually the rental fee is very cheap.
Visit temples – most of the temples in Bangkok has no entrance fee (But the popular and beautiful is not free). Wat Arun is one of the popular temples that I recommend you to visit. It is beautiful, and the entrance fee to see the pagodas is only 50 baht. Besides, Wat Khaek, a famous Hindu temple, is worth visiting because the architecture is different from the other temples in Bangkok.
Walk around Yaovarat or Chinatown – Bangkok’s Chinatown is big. It is full with gold shops, and delicious street food stalls. You can go there to shop and eat during the day and at night. If you intend to eat street food, I recommend you to go at night. Around 18.00 onwards, the street will be full with food stalls. It is a great place to try Thai street food!
Hope this information helps