Bangkok is a hive of high-energy activity. Whatever the weather, Bangkok is filled with fun indoor activities for all ages. Think floating markets and snowy wildlife adventures or explore art and try your hand in a Thai kitchen. Don’t let storms derail your day – head to these tremendous indoor attractions.
This Indoor Floating Market is located in the basement of ICONSIAM – Bangkok's biggest mall. By the Chao Phraya river, this is not just another shopping centre – it's a whopping 7-storey department store. Open daily from 10:00am-10:00pm, this unique and charming market offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Get all the buzz and bluster of a floating market – indoors! Beat the heat and rain; immerse in a market experience featuring mouthwatering Thai cuisine from 77 provinces. Yum!
When you think of an art gallery, you may not think liveliness. But the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre is a city institution; art in action, from contemporary to photorealism. This circular-shaped, winding building is home to all kinds of exhibitions. And when you're done, grab a coffee or browse the bookstore – if you want to stretch your creative muscles, there are workshop spaces to create a masterpiece. This innovative centre supports a cultural dialogue, and it's all free.
Just because you're indoors, doesn't mean the action is low-key. In Thailand, cooking is an all-in experience and one you don't want to miss. Take away cooking skills, so you can recreate all the deliciousness at home. There are loads of schools to choose from – you can't go wrong. Enjoy working with flavours from scratch, grind herbs and spices together in a stone mortar, and always remember – more chilli! Most classes are excellent and small, and you'll source your ingredients fresh from the market.
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World gives you access to the aquatic universe. And – it’s all indoors. As one of the world's largest aquariums, it’ll take you at least 90 minutes to see all the creatures. In the centre of the city within Siam Paragon shopping centre, gaze at the Spider Crab and the Giant Pacific Octopus, as they work their camouflage magic to disguise themselves in the environment. If it’s colour you’re after, the Coral Reef zone dazzles with loads of vivid fish and corals – it’s an underwater rainbow! See the rarer sea species, in the stunning Seahorse Kingdom, and learn about their breeding and how to help conserve their habitat.
In Siam Discovery Center shopping mall, you'll find Madame Tussauds Bangkok. This attraction is a famous-filled canvas for fun. And while you're sidling up to your celebrity crush or favourite sports hero, you can learn all about them at the same time. This place sparks so many conversations; it'll take you hours to see all the figures, as well as the facts behind them. Local and international luminaries, change-makers and stars of their field, there are 10 themed zones to explore.