Five Quirky Things to do in Bangkok

Five Quirky Things to do in Bangkok

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

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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.

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Want more mouth-watering pics from Mo & Moshi? Then check out their Insta feed.

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.

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Image credit: Clint Johnson, 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.

Bangkok’s Husky Café – TrueLove at Neverland

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

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Image credit: 13Bobby/Wikimedia [Creative Commons]

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

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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!

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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!

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By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

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24 Comments

  1. February 26, 2019 / 4:51 am

    Wow – so many quirky places to visit! I’d want to challenge the giant sundae, and really like establishments like Cabbages and Condoms where profits go to good cause. Pinning this one for later!

    • Keri
      Author
      February 28, 2019 / 12:18 pm

      I agree, I love supporting good causes – especially if everyone’s having fun while they do it!

  2. February 28, 2019 / 9:05 am

    Omgosh love these quicky things! Although eating an ice cream the size of my head might make me sick, though I guess I could be tempted to share it! 😉 A husky cafe!? That’s different and I love it!! You always see cat cafes and I’m not a cat fan. I’m a dog lover through and through, especially fluffy dogs! #FarawayFiles

    PS. I wasn’t able to pin either pin 🙁

    • Keri
      Author
      February 28, 2019 / 12:17 pm

      I love my quirky too! Thanks so much for letting me know about the issue with pinning, this is something I need to sort – and quickly!

  3. February 28, 2019 / 12:14 pm

    I am so gutted I didn’t have this post in January when I visited Bangkok. I want to do every single one of these crazy things! Next time..
    #farawayfiles

    • Keri
      Author
      February 28, 2019 / 12:16 pm

      Ah damn, so sorry I didn’t get round to posting this sooner! Still, when you make it back it’ll give you some cool new things to check out!

  4. February 28, 2019 / 4:27 pm

    That ice cream sundae looks amazing

    • Keri
      Author
      March 22, 2019 / 11:03 am

      I thought so too, but so expensive!

  5. March 1, 2019 / 4:17 pm

    The husky cafe looks so cool! And no way I could finish that icecream sundae #FarawayFiles

    • Keri
      Author
      March 22, 2019 / 11:03 am

      I have to say I’d give it a very good go lol!

  6. March 1, 2019 / 4:21 pm

    Well, living in an abandoned airplane, that is a bit bizarre, but it’s that Cabbages & Condoms restaurant that caught my eye, certainly an unusual theme. #farawayfiles

    • Keri
      Author
      March 22, 2019 / 11:04 am

      It’s a really fun place Janis! Well worth visiting…

  7. March 1, 2019 / 7:07 pm

    This is such an interesting post! I can’t get over the airplane graveyard – who in their right mind would want to live in an abandoned airplane, let alone three different families?! I’m also curious about the husky cafe – I’ve heard of cat cafes before, but never dogs. Thanks for linking up this fascinating post with #farawayfiles

    • Keri
      Author
      March 22, 2019 / 11:04 am

      I absolutely adored the husky cafe – a must for any animal lover!

  8. As soon as I saw the title of this post I thought “I wonder if they have Cabbages and Condoms on there?” And you do!! We ate there one evening nearly 13 years ago so I’m pleased to see it is still going strong!
    I love the look of the husky cafe too, those huskies are positively smiling in your picture

    • Keri
      Author
      March 22, 2019 / 11:05 am

      I know, right?! lol. As for C&C lovely to know its been going so long, and even better they’re expanding as there’s one in the UK now!

  9. March 10, 2019 / 11:38 am

    Great post!! I love the look of the ice-cream sundae!!!! Thanks for linking up to Monday Escapes

    • Keri
      Author
      March 22, 2019 / 11:05 am

      My pleasure!

  10. March 10, 2019 / 4:07 pm

    Oh my word, this is brilliant! I’ve been to Bangkok a fair few times and didn’t know some of these places even exited – like the airplanes! Will be back later this year, so will have to check out. #fearlessfamtrav

    • Keri
      Author
      March 22, 2019 / 11:05 am

      Oh great- do let me know what you manage to visit! x

  11. March 10, 2019 / 4:11 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Thailand, and these are some really fun and very different ideas! Thank you for sharing them with us on #farawayfiles

    • Keri
      Author
      March 22, 2019 / 11:06 am

      You’ve got to go Hilary, Thailand is great!

  12. March 11, 2019 / 1:39 pm

    What a brilliant post. We’ve been to Bangkok a couple of times and hadn’t heard about some of these! Thanks very much for linking up to #fearlessfamtrav.

    • Keri
      Author
      March 22, 2019 / 11:06 am

      Thanks so much Nicky! I love finding quirky things to do and see so it was fun putting this together. 🙂

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