As a city that is used to catering to tourists, visitors will find plenty to see and do during their stay in Bangkok. If you want to do something that’s particularly unusual, ask your local host for recommendations and they can show you some sights that you will not find anywhere else.
Visit the Death Museum
The Siriraj Medical Museum, appropriately dubbed the Death Museum, is not a place for the fainthearted. It is actually made up of six different museums, many of which are full of gory, grotesque displays. Deformed children, body parts of both humans and animals, graphic photographs taken postmortem: the list of eerie exhibits goes on. Much of the information is in Thai, but visitors keen for goosebumps and a truly unusual day should check out this museum. There’s a ฿200 (US$5.80) entrance fee to see all six museums.
Grocery Shop at Khlong Toei
A short drive from some of the city’s most luxurious malls and flashy urban décor is Khlong Toei, one of the oldest and biggest slums in the capital. The living conditions here are oftentimes deplorable, but it’s home to the Khlong Toei Market: the largest wet market in Bangkok, full of fresh produce, meat, seafood, and more. Slaughtered chickens lie atop cages of squawking ones. Freshly caught seafood lies on tin racks overflowing with ice. This market, though certainly overwhelming, is one of the coolest areas in the city to photograph as well as find cheap groceries.
Visit Bangkok’s Airplane Graveyard
The skeletal remains of what used to be a high-flying airplane scatter the otherwise abandoned lot known as the airplane graveyard. Graffiti, trash, and miscellaneous and decaying parts of aircraft make up the interior of the decommissioned plane. Located in a lot in the eastern neighborhood of Ramkhamhaeng, this plane is now home to three families, who reside in its severed wings and abandoned aircraft cabin. Visitors can explore the lot, which is entirely off the beaten path. The families living there charge an entrance fee of ฿150 (US $4.40).
Eat at a Condom-Themed Restaurant
Safe sex is great sex, and there is no better way to appreciate rubbers than at a restaurant dedicated to this contraceptive. Cabbages & Condoms, as the name implies, is one of the most unique restaurants in Bangkok. The idea behind the restaurant is to promote a better understanding and acceptance of family planning. The interior is decked out in colorful contraceptives, with everything from lighting fixtures to foliage covered in condoms. In addition to its cool theme, the food at Cabbages & Condoms is so delicious that diners forget they are dining in a sea of rubbers. Grab a bite, a condom, and more at this unique restaurant in the heart of downtown Bangkok.
See a Ladyboy Cabaret
Bangkok is a gay-friendly hub in Southeast Asia, and has plenty of LGBT-friendly venues, two of the most noteworthy being Playhouse Theater Cabaret and Calypso Cabaret. Each evening, these venues host bold and unapologetic transgender shows, with epic performances consisting of Bollywood, Broadway, and even Beyoncé lookalikes. Tickets to see one of the transgender shows at Playhouse Theater Cabaret are ฿1,200 (US$35), and shows are at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Calypso Cabaret’s shows are put on daily at 8:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
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