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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Best Ways to Enjoy daily Life in Sukhumvit - enjoy the city like the locals do

Bangkok has a number of attractions with a wide range of budgets, that appeal to everyone, But move away from the malls, and you'll discover some of the city's best hidden treasures.


Bang Krachao

This really is a hidden treasure, known only the locals and well-informed visitors. Bang Krachao is a man-made island located south of Phra Pradaeng city - hop on either a ferry or khlong and journey to this magical place where locals come to get away from the hectic pace of the city. With no massive buildings, loud traffic or smog - the expanse of beautiful greenery is a refreshing break from the city.
The best way to explore is on a bicycle which can be hired on the island, but note that you might have to ride along narrow trails and raised embankments along the way. Aside from the park, the island is home to a weekly floating market, and a number of stilted residences.


Dusit Zoo

If you are trying to escape the crazy Bangkok traffic, or simply seen enough temples for one day - the Dusit Zoo is a great place to spend a few hours exploring. A family friendly place, even for young children, the Dusit Zoo is home to over 1,600 animals including, bengal tigers, kangaroos, hippos, giraffes and asiatic bears among many more. There are several mini shows to keep families entertained, as well as a lake in the middle of the zoo with paddle boats for rent. A food court near the entrance serves up tasty Thai food for hungry visitors.


Wat Saket

While the grand Wat Arun has the monopoly on temple seeking tourists, and large tour groups, Wat Saket is a more affordable alternative and less crowded temple. Set on a raised hill, a fight of steps lead visitors up toward the golden stupa where you will find a hall, library and even a cemetery, with some areas dating back to the Ayutthaya kingdom. The raise position provides a stunning view over the city.


Lumpini Park

One of the city's best parks, and conveniently located near several accommodation options, like the Citadines Sukhumvit 23 Bangkok, for example, a comfortable service apartment in Bangkok Sukhumvit; the park provides the perfect spot to take a break during a hectic day or a relaxing walk. Unless you go on a weekend, when local families gather, there's plenty of lush greenery around to forget everyone else and have a quiet moment to yourself. In addition to the walking trails, there's also a cycling track, an open air aerobics area where tai chi, yoga and even fencing classes take place. During the cooler winter months, an orchestra plays every Sunday, free of charge.


MBK Fight Night

These legendary fight nights are no joke - fights are pro level with big names in the Mauy Thai world taking part, and the best part is, it's free. If you plan on taking in one of these brutal matches, head over to the MBK shopping mall early to get the best seats.

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