Bangkok is a capital city of Thailand and it is a bustle and hustle city that there are more than 10 million people living in. So, don’t be surprised, if it is crowded everywhere you go especially on weekends. Well, if you happen to be in Bangkok during weekdays, I would say it is a good chance. You can enjoy the city with less people. Here is the list of the places that I always go on weekdays in order not to face people.
1. Go to shopping malls
Bangkok has tons of shopping malls. Almost of them are crowded on weekends. You can expect to wait on a long queue, if you want to eat at popular restaurants in the shopping malls on weekends. The malls that are always crowded are Siam Paragon and Central World. So, if you are here on weekdays, shopping and eating there could be your choice.
2. Go to markets
There are many local markets in Bangkok that are open only on weekdays. These markets are usually near the office buildings and are crowded during lunch time. Office workers go there to eat and shop. The most popular one is Lalai Sap Market. My recommendation is go to the market early, or around 10.00 AM to 11.00 AM. What you can expect from visiting a local market is to eat local food and buy products in cheap prices.
3. Go to parks
Parks in Bangkok are crowded in the morning and in the evening especially on weekends. If you want to exercise during the trip, go to the park during weekdays is my recommendation. The parks that can be reached by rapid transportation system (BTS or MRT) are Lumpini Park and Benjasiri Park. If you want to ride a bicycle, I recommend Vachirabenjatas Park.
4. Go to temples
Bangkok has many beautiful temples that are worth visiting. Many Thais go to temples on weekends morning. Visiting temples on weekdays, you will see less people. As you may know, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Arun, and Wat Pho are must-visit temples in Bangkok. Well, if you have time, I recommend you to visit these temples: Wat Suthat, Wat Ratchanatdaram, and Wat Ratchabophit. They are all exquisite.
5. Go to museums
Museum is the place where we can learn culture and history of the city that we visit. My favorite one is Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Center. This museum is located in the temple and it is the place where you can learn the history of Bangkok’s Chinatown. Please click the link for the reviews of museums in Bangkok that I have been to.
6. Go to the zoo
If you come with kids, you might consider visiting the zoo. The good and cheap one is Dusit Zoo.