Bangkok’s a great place for a city break, no matter how many times you’ve visited. Vibrant and ever changing, there’s something for everyone, whatever your interests or age. Alongside the main tourist attractions in Bangkok there are many weird and wonderful things to see and do, as we’ve discovered during our many visits.
Where to go in Bangkok?
Bangkok’s main airport, Suvarnabhumi, is one of Asia’s biggest transport hubs. Used by visitors as a transfer point to holiday destinations throughout Thailand and beyond, many people stay for a short city break before heading off to the beach. I’ve visited several times myself and after seeing all the main sights, like the temples and palaces, I started looking for some more unusual attractions to visit.
I love finding quirky things to do and well, I discovered Bangkok has lots of those. So if you’ve been asking what to do in bangkok, and are looking for some unique experiences during your visit to the city, well here’s some inspiration!
1 – Eat an ice-cream sundae as big as your head
Mo & Moshi is an instagrammer’s dream. This small, unassuming ice cream café can be found inside the Siam Mall and is the place to go for ice-cream sundaes of an EPIC scale.
The café offers some amazing, giant sundaes that look too good to eat, but people give it their best shot none the less. During our visit we didn’t see anybody manage to get down to the bottom of a dish, not even a family of five!
But they have a lot of fun trying. Sundaes on offer include the Candy Celebration, Sorbet Supreme, Chocolate Parfait, Strawberry Supreme and the Delicious Decadence. However, the piece de resistance has to be Mo & Moshi’s Parfait Celebration. We saw two young Ozzie guys try to take on this beast of a desert (and fail miserably bless them!).
We’d have loved to try one of these ourselves, but sadly our budget denied us – as the prices are almost as big as the ice creams themselves.
I was loathe to leave without trying something though, so I went for the quirky ice cream burger. Three scoops of ice cream (your choice of flavour) come in a soft bun made from beetroot, green tea and sweet potato. I actually thought it would taste sweet, like cake, but actually it was, well, bread! An odd mix with ice cream, but I’m glad I tried it out.
2 – Go to the airplane graveyard
If urban exploration is your thing then you’ll love Bangkok. Alongside the abandoned mall and the famous ‘ghost tower’ people are now keen to visit the airplane graveyard.
It seems that three Thai families thought it would be a good idea to move into an abandoned airplane, and now, for a small fee, they let visitors wonder around their quirky home.
If you’d like to find out more about this unique attraction, I recommend checking out this post from Clint at Triphackr.
3 – Visit Bangkok’s husky café
Animal lovers take note! In a sleepy suburb in northern Bangkok you’ll find doggy heaven in the form of TrueLove @ Neverland. This is a husky café, where you’ll get the chance to not just eat cake or ice cream, but spend an hour playing with 25+ floofy dogs!
I loved the vibe of the place and the people – the team are there to care for the dogs but they’re so thoughtful and you can see that they really want you to have the most amazing time possibly too.
The ladies would help spot opportunities for great pictures with the dogs and ensure that everyone had a chance to get close and have a cuddle at some point during their visit. They’d grab phones and take a million photos for you, so you can go home with some wonderful memories from your visit.
Want to know more? Check out this post about my visit to the café last year. Pre-warning – there’s lots of pics and videos of these gorgeous beasts!
4 – Take a trip to the Siriraj Medical Museum
Not for the squeamish, the Siriraj Medical Museum (also known as the Bangkok Forensic Museum) is one of the more gruesome places to to see in Bangkok. This museum is filled with ‘attractions’ such as human skulls, body parts in formaldehyde and deformed foetuses bobbing in jars.
Decidedly gruesome and creepy, this is the place for fans of the macabre, or more scientifically minded folk, who enjoy learning about anatomy, pathology and forensics.
5 – Have dinner at Cabbages and Condoms
Sounds like you’ll be eating out of a dumpster, right? Well Cabbages and Condoms is far from that – this restaurant is one of the prettiest – albeit quirkiest – in Bangkok.
Found in a side street off one of the city’s main roads (Sukhumvit), Cabbages and Condoms is a massive restaurant with a theme: sexual health. It began life as a vegetable stand beside Bangkok’s Population & Community Development Association (PDA) and now the main restaurant can seat 400 people – and has branches across Thailand as well as expanding into the UK!
Profits from your meal go towards development projects across Thailand, mainly, but not limited to, programmes to improve sex education.
Their motto is ‘Our food won’t make you pregnant’ and the in your face theme is half the fun of visiting. As you walk down the path towards the entrance you spot colourful hanging lights. Then as you get closer you see that they’re shaped like condoms. Then, when you head inside you’ll spot your first condom character – there’s several manikins decorated entirely in condoms!
Come in the evening to see Cabbages and Condoms at its prettiest and grab a spot outside in the terrace/courtyard. Out here you can enjoy live Thai music while surrounded by trees covered in hundreds of fairy lights and, of course, more condom pendant lights. You’re transported to a twinkling wonderland!
Food at Cabbages and Condoms is a bit more expensive than other places in the capital unsurprisingly, but the food is still tasty – although I didn’t think anything particular stood out as ‘wow’. I did think the heart-shaped red and white jasmine rice was cute though…
You come here for the setting more than the food though and that doesn’t disappoint. After you’ve eaten (and been given condoms with your bill rather than receipts) make sure you stop off in the shop to get a souvenir. We got souvenirs for everyone from this shop including a flower broach made from condoms for the mother-in-law!
Unusual things to do in Bangkok
So there you have it, my latest quirky Bangkok finds. I’ll be sure to add to this list as I discover new, unusual sights in the city, and I’d love to hear of any weird and wonderful places you’ve visited in Bangkok – please share the details in the comments section below!