Four offbeat attractions to visit in Bangkok

The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Khao San Road, Chatuchak — been there, done that. Here are four other spots to check out the next time you’re in the Thai capital

Rod Fai Train Market

Rod Fai Train Market

Shop: Rod Fai Train Night Market
The new Rod Fai train night market in Ratchada has a funky look, thanks to the colorful tents covering the stalls. The name of the market comes from its original location next to the train tracks behind Chatuchak market, but it is now located behind Seacon Square Shopping Mall. Expect to find all sorts of retro and vintage bargains, local delicacies and foreign antiques. Prepare to do lots of haggling. Ratchadaphisek Rd

Getting there: Take a metered taxi direct to Seacon Square or take the BTS train to On Nut Station or the underground MRT to Thailand Cultural Centre and take one from there.

Bang Krachao
Cycle around Bang Krachao

Explore: Bang Krachao
Want to escape the city for a while? Head for the island of Bang Krachao. Located by the Chao Praya River, Bang Krachao is known as Bangkok’s green lung. Cycling is the common way to get around and will cost you THB30 for the hour or THB80 for a full day’s rental. It can take just over two hours to get around the island, depend on how fast you go and how many stops you make. You can also check out the cute floating market during the weekends. Bang Krachao, Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakan

Getting there: Take the BTS Skytrain to Bang Wa station then take a quick taxi to the pier to where the little ferry will take you to the island.

Eat: Eiah Sae Café, Chinatown
A street or two behind the main chaotic streets of Chinatown off Yaowarat Road, Eiah Sae Café is a 90-year-old Hainanese coffee shop that has the distinction of being the oldest in Bangkok. Drop by to hang with the uncles, and to enjoy a variety of Asian teas and some egg custard toast. 103-105 Thanon Phat Sai, Sampathatawong; open from 6am– 6pm

Getting there: Take a metered taxi to the address as there are no English signs or obvious routes to get there.

Bangkok's Airplane Graveyard
Bangkok’s Airplane Graveyard

Pose: Airplane Graveyard
The skeletal ruins of a Boeing 747 and two smaller aircraft sit in a yard in the far reaches of Ramkhamhaeng. Although mostly stripped out, the shells and basic aircraft interiors remain. There are many conflicting and inconclusive explanations about how the planes got there, but you can in the meantime wander into and climb up on them, and of course take lots of photos. You won’t see crowds here, but you will have to pay an admission fee charged by the local families who live there. 594 Ramkhamhaeng Rd Soi 103

Getting there: Take a metered taxi to the beginning of Ramkhamhaeng Soi 101. Walk in a couple hundred meters and you’ll see the graveyard on your left.

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Tommy Walker

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