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9 Things To Do In Bangkok For Filipinos On A Budget Including Affordable Michelin-Star Dining

Things to do in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand is currently among the most popular overseas tourist destinations for Filipinos. The temples in the area are what we see most often on social media – but there’s more to the city than these majestic structures.

To help you make a fulfilling Bangkok itinerary without breaking the bank, here are 9 budget-friendly things to do in Bangkok that Filipinos would surely enjoy.

1. Explore Bangkok Chinatown

Things to do in Bangkok - Chinatown
Bangkok Chinatown.
Image credit: emiliano franci

Our country has the oldest Chinatown in the world in Binondo, Manila. But Chinatowns in different countries offer different experiences and takes on food, making them worth checking out.

Bangkok Chinatown is home to highly-rated dining spots serving Chinese and Thai cuisine for prices that won’t burn a hole through your pockets. There are great seafood restaurants in this area such as T&K Seafood.

The Sou Heng Tai Mansion
The Sou Heng Tai Mansion.
Image credit: @sameway_phk

Besides restaurants, you can also visit the Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Center, Guan Yin Shrine, and The Sou Heng Tai Mansion – one of the last traditional Hokkien villas in Bangkok which is now home to a cafe and a scuba diving school.

Bangkok Chinatown
Yaowarat Road, Samphanthawong District, Bangkok

2. Discover local art

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Street art in Charoen Krung.
Image credit: Ben Panuts

Bangkok is peppered with street art. But to be sure you get those artsy pics for the ‘gram, check out the city’s art streets and galleries.

Things to do in Bangkok - ATT 19
ATT 19.
Image credit: Joe Macpherson

The Charoen Krung neighborhood is the perfect spot for an art walk, with its alleys decked with mural artworks by local artists. There are also free-entry art galleries in the area such as ATT 19 and Lek Gallery Art.

You can also drop by Warehouse 30 – still within Charoen Krung – for artful knickknacks you won’t be able to resist taking home.

Address: Charoen Krung, Bangkok

3. Check out unique markets in Bangkok

Things to do in Bangkok - Chang Chui Plane Market
Chang Chui Plane Market.
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Bangkok is also popular for its budget-friendly shopping spots, including their hip night markets.

Chang Chui Plane Market even has an old plane that gives the market dystopian vibes. What makes it even more interesting is that the plane is a fine-dining restaurant with vintage furniture.

Asiatique The Riverfront
Asiatique: The Riverfront.
Image credit: Thanyathorn Champreecha

There’s also Asiatique: The Riverfront, a former trading port that now has shops inside its old warehouses. Here, you can ride a huge Ferris wheel to catch a great view of the area.

But for a classic night market experience in Bangkok, Chatuchak Friday Night Market offers authentic Thai street food and clothes with wallet-friendly prices.

Chang Chui Plane Night Market
Address: 460/8 Sirindhorn Road, Bang Phlat, Bangkok 
Opening Hours:
 11am-11pm, Daily
Contact: +66 81 817 2888
Chang Chui’s Facebook | Instagram

Asiatique: The Riverfront
2194 Charoen Krung Road, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 
Hours: 11am-12am, Daily
Contact: +66 92 246 0812
Asiatique: The Riverfront’s Facebook | Instagram

Chatuchak Friday Night Market
Chatuchak Park Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok 
Opening Hours:
Fri 7pm-3am | Closed Sat-Thu
Chatuchak Friday Night Market’s website

4. Watch a Muay Thai fight

Things to do in Bangkok - Muay Thai
A Muay Thai fight.
Image credit: @rajadamnern_stadium

If you love to watch Muay Thai competitions on TV, then you should see a fight live in Bangkok.

These are often held at Rajadamnern Stadium and the Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok. You can conveniently buy tickets (from ฿1,000, ~P1,639.09)  for fights online to guarantee yourself a seat.

If you want to see if Muay Thai can be a suitable sport or exercise for you, you can also book a one-time Muay Thai class (฿500, ~P814.45) with the pros at Muay Thai Academy in Bangkok.

Rajadamnern Stadium
8 Ratchadamnoen Nok Road, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok
Opening hours:
Wed-Thu 6pm-10pm | Mon, Fri-Sat 7pm-9pm | Sun 10am-12pm, 6pm-10pm | Closed Tuesdays
+66 2 281 4205
Rajadamnern Stadium’s website | Facebook | Instagram

Lumpinee Stadium
6 Ram Inthra Road, Anusawari, Bang Khen, Bangkok
Opening hours:
Tue, Fri 6pm-10pm | Sat 4pm-12am | Closed Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu
+66 84 005 9723
Lumpinee Stadium’s website | Facebook | Instagram

Muay Thai Academy
Rama 4, Thang Rotfai Sai Kao Pak Nam Road, Sai Kao Pak Nam Road, Bangkok 
Opening hours:
Mon-Sat 10am-8pm | Closed Sundays
+66 80 585 5537
Xxx’s website | Facebook | Instagram

5. Go temple-hopping

Things to do in Bangkok - Wat Pho
Wat Pho’s Reclining Buddha.
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For a cultural experience, temples in Thailand are popular tourist attractions. Here, you can pray to Buddha for good health and good fortune, or simply snap photos and admire the majestic architecture.

In Bangkok, there are several temples you can visit including Wat Arun or The Temple of Dawn. From Wat Arun, you can ride a ferry to cross the river to Wat Pho where you can find the Reclining Buddha.

Things to do in Bangkok - Wat Phra Kaew
Wat Phra Kaew.

Image credit: Madhusudan Das

Wat Phra Kaew is another must-visit temple in Thailand. It’s considered the most sacred temple in the country, home to the Emerald Buddha.

Temples usually charge a ฿100-500 (~P162.87-P814.33) admission fee for tourists. When you visit, remember to dress modestly and be quiet to respect others who are in prayer.

Wat Arun
158 Thanon Wang Doem, Wat Arun, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok 
Opening hours:
8am-6pm, Daily
+66 2 891 2185

Wat Pho
2 Sanam Chai Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 
Opening hours:
8.30am-6.30pm, Daily
+66 83 057 7100

Wat Phra Kaew
Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
Opening hours:
8.30-3.30pm, Daily

6. Dine at budget-friendly, Michelin-star restaurants

Go Ang Pratunam chicken rice
Go Ang Pratunam’s Thai chicken rice.
Image credit: The Smart Local Thailand

Most people think of Jay Fai when they hear Michelin star Thai restaurant. But there are more restos in Thailand that hold this title at a more affordable price point and with shorter queues.

When in Bangkok, check out Go Ang Pratunam for Thai chicken rice (from ฿70, ~P114.01) and Jeh-O Chula for tom yum (spicy-sour seafood soup) (from ฿128, ~P208.47).

Jeh-O Chula
Tom Yum from Jeh-O Chula.
Image credit: The Smart Local Thailand

For something a little more upscale but still wallet-friendly, check out the Michelin-star restaurant Rongros. It serves Thai cuisine and has luxurious interiors with a scenic view of the Chao Phraya River and Wat Arun. Prices are comparable to Philippine cafes with mains starting at ฿240 (~P390.88).

Go Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice
962 Phetchaburi Road, Makkasan, Ratchathewi, Bangkok
Opening hours:
6am-2pm, 3pm-10.30pm, Daily
+66 61 656 9659
Go Ang Pratunam Chicken Rice’s Facebook

Jeh-O Chula
113 Rong Muang, Pathum Wan, Bangkok
Opening hours:
4.30pm-12am, Daily
+66 64 118 5888
Jeh-O Chula’s Instagram

392 16 Maha Rat Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
Opening hours:
11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm, Daily
+66 96 946 1785
Rongros’ website | Facebook | Instagram

7. Get a relaxing Thai massage

Things to do in Bangkok - NAPAR Massage
Image credit: NAPAR Massage

There are plenty of massage parlors in Bangkok where you can get a Thai massage to relieve body aches and fatigue.

For good, affordable massage services and clean interiors, check out NAPAR Massage (from ฿300, P488.60), a minimalist massage salon in the midst of the busy Siam shopping area. In Chinatown, there’s also the classic European-themed Center Point Massage & Spa (from ฿380, P618.89).

Image credit: Center Point Massage & Spa

If you want to be cautious of places that provide “extra service”, be sure to check the salon’s reviews, examine its visuals, and make sure the services and their prices are disclosed upfront.

NAPAR Massage
Address: 392, 27-28 Siam Square Soi 5, Pathum Wan, Bangkok
Opening hours: 
11am-11pm, Daily
+66 2 658 0922
NAPAR Massage’s Facebook | Instagram

Center Point Massage & Spa
472 Charoen Krung Road, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 
Opening hours:
 10am-12am, Daily
+66 22224 916
Center Point Massage & Spa’s website

8. Shop for clothes and pasalubong at Platinum Mall and Big C Supercenter

Things to do in Bangkok - Platinum Mall
Clothes at Platinum Fashion Mall.
Image credit: @work_woman_shop

For affordable & stylish clothes, shoes, and accessories, Platinum Fashion Mall in Bangkok is like our Divisoria but airconditioned. It’s huge so expect to spend a lot of time here.

But don’t worry – it has a food court with stalls that serve a variety of cuisines in case you get hungry while shopping.

Krungthong Plaza
Plus-size clothing items at Krungthong Plaza.
Image credit: @krungthongplaza

For plus-sized fashionistas, Krungthong Plaza across the street from Platinum Mall carries trendy plus-size clothes for men and women. There’s also a Big C Supercenter in the area for packed Thai snacks you can bring home for friends and family to try.

Platinum Fashion Mall
222 Phetchaburi Road, Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok
Opening hours:
9am-8pm, Daily
Platinum Fashion Mall’s website | Facebook | Instagram

Krungthong Plaza
813/8 Phetchaburi Road, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok
Opening hours:
8am-6pm, Daily
+66 2 653 9333
Krungthong Plaza’s Facebook | Instagram

Big C Supercenter Ratchadamri
97/11 Ratchadamri Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 
Opening hours:
9am-12am, Daily
+66 2 250 4888
Big C Supercenter’s website | Facebook | Instagram

9. Go on a Thai BL “pilgrimage”

Things to do in Bangkok - Benchakitti Park Sky Walk
Benchakitti Park Sky Walk.
Image credit: @dolley3011

Thai BL fans can also visit locations in Bangkok featured in their favorite boy’s love or BL dramas.

There’s King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang – an iconic shooting location featured in 2gether: The Series  – and Benchakitti Park Sky Walk which was seen in the Vice Versa series. BL fans can also go to GMMTV’s GMM Grammy Place to buy BL show merch and potentially spot the actors.

Things to do in Bangkok - Thai BL pilgrimage
GMM Grammy Place.

Image credit: Ramil Yuzmuhametov

F4 Thailand fans can also visit Asiatique: The Riverfront and Safari World to get secondhand kilig.

King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
1 Chalong Krung 1 Alley, Lat Krabang, Bangkok
+66 2 329 8000

Benchakitti Park Sky Walk
Benjakitti Park, Ratchadaphisek Road, Khlong Toei, Bangkok

GMM Grammy Place
50 Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok
Opening hours:
9am-6pm, Daily
+66 2 669 9000

Bangkok attractions and activities for Filipinos on a budget

Being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy overseas travel. Bangkok has many attractions you can visit that are free entry or charge less than P1,000.

From Michelin-star eats to shopping spots to BL shooting locations, you’re sure to have a holistic experience in Bangkok!


Cover image adapted from: Joe Macpherson, Madhusudan Das, The Smart Local Thailand