The Thai capital of Bangkok is home to gleaming temples, massive shopping malls and floating markets. And, who can go to Bangkok without overeating? From yummy street food sold in bustling markets to Michelin-starred restaurants and Insta-worthy cafés, Bangkok is a food paradise.
But, if you think you’ve seen it all in Bangkok, you’ll be thrilled to know there are many lesser-known new sights and activities in this city that never sleeps. Hop onto a tuk-tuk and let’s check them out!
Here’s one for you Instagrammers! LINE — a popular text messaging app — recently opened a three-storey indoor theme park in Siam Square One shopping mall. Fancy taking pictures with larger-than-life Brown, Sally, Cony, Choco and other cute LINE Friends characters? Now, you can!
To the uninitiated, these LINE Friends characters are actually virtual stickers on the LINE messaging app. With more than 200 million users worldwide, the sticker characters have grown to be a pop culture brand.
Step into LINE’s digital realm, where visitors get to experience the world of LINE Friends characters in more than 20 virtual reality and Instagram-worthy zones. So many Instagram-worthy spots to choose from!
You can also get your hands on limited edition merchandise of your favorite LINE characters here, ranging from stationery and phone accessories to clothing.
Dream World Bangkok
Roller coaster ride in Bangkok, anyone? Head over to Dream World, located an hour’s drive north from the city in the neighboring province of Pathum Tani.
Don’t forget to bring your swimming suit as the amusement park has water rides that will help cool you down from Bangkok’s notorious blistering heat. Prepare to get wet in the Super Splash, where you’ll be bumping along the raging rapids of the Grand Canyon before plummeting with a gigantic whoosh! For the kids, there’s a small water park with slides and playground where they could play to their heart’s content.
Weather still too hot to bear? Experience a cold -8°C weather at Snow Town in Dream World! Thermal jacket and rubber boots are provided so you can build a snowman, ride a toboggan and even role-play as an Eskimo living in the igloo. Extra charges apply for Snow Town, so save more by getting an inclusive package on Traveloka!
We’re not done with Dream World yet! The theme park has several Instagram-worthy gardens inspired by famous monuments and movie sets around the world. A visit to the Hobbit House, Candy House and the Knight’s Castle are mandatory!
Safari World Bangkok
Only about a 40-minute drive northeast from Bangkok city, a safari awaits you where you may observe the wild animals roam freely from the comfort (and safety) of your own car! No car? Arrange for a private car transfer of whole-day taxi here.
The safari is also Thailand’s biggest wildlife sanctuary so you will be in for a real treat. Comprising of two parks: the safari and the marine park, it offers visitors a great deal of edutainment.
One of the highlights is the giraffe-feeding session. We bet the kiddos won’t stop talking about their experience here!
Next, hop onto a boat and take a fun-filled ride to Jungle Cruise where you’ll get to observe crocodiles and gorillas from a safe distance. Animal lovers will be thrilled!
Another must-visit attraction is the aviary where you may feed colorful, chirpy birds off your own hands. The birds are friendly, and they’ll come and perch on your shoulder or arm, so don’t be alarmed when they approach you!
Who could resist the dolphin show at the marine park? The dolphins will not only entertain you by jumping over and through hoops, but they are also trained to wave “hello” at the audience with their tails. With something for everyone, the Safari World would make a fun family outing away from the crowd, and a respite from the city’s hustle and bustle.
Now that we’ve told you Bangkok is not just a city for food and shopping, head over to one of these attractions and come back with new travel stories!
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