9 Cool Activities To Do In Bangkok This Hot Season

Bangkok, Thailand’s vibrant capital, is a city of endless exploration and discovery, no matter the season.

However, during the hot season from March to May, the city turns up the heat both literally and figuratively. With high humidity and temperatures soaring, it might seem like a challenge to enjoy what Bangkok has to offer.

Yet, with a bit of planning and the right activities on your agenda, you can turn the city’s sizzling days into a cool getaway.

Here’s your guide to the top activities to enjoy during Bangkok's hot season.

1. Embrace The Many Air-Conditioned Shopping Malls

One of the greatest ways to escape the sweltering heat of Bangkok is to visit the several amazing shopping malls that dot the city. These aren't your run-of-the-mill shopping centers; picture a haven where the joy of air conditioning meets an endless supply of delicious food, exciting shows, and bargains.

Take Siam Paragon, for instance. It's the epitome of luxury shopping, housing all the top brands you can think of. And If you get hungry, there is an excellent food court as well as many international and Thai restaurants spread out over several dining zones. This is also where you’ll find Ocean World at Sea Life Bangkok, one of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia. It is home to more than 30,000 marine animals across a wide range of attractions, including a 270-degree underwater tunnel.

EmQuartier in Phrom Phong features a dazzling array of high-end labels and an aesthetically pleasing, futuristic layout that will transport you to shopping nirvana. The mall also features a serene atrium garden with a captivating waterfall, so there is some peace among all this opulence. It's a peaceful place to relax and unwind after a thrilling day of shopping.

IconSiam deserves to be mentioned whenever the topic of shopping in Bangkok comes up. Perched on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this destination expertly marries the draw of world-class retail therapy with the enchantment of traditional Thai culture. With its views blending the captivating panorama of the Chao Phraya River with the city's skyline, Icon Siam offers a harmonious blend of natural beauty and urban vibrancy.

The world-cities-themed Terminal 21 takes you on a global tour from Tokyo to San Francisco and beyond. Explore over 600 stores offering fashion from both chain stores and independent outlets, catch a film, or savor global flavors in the many interestingly themed restaurants. Don’t miss the impressive food court, which offers mainly Thai and Chinese street food in air-conditioned comfort. From spicy tom yum goong to different types of Thai curries, you will be spoiled for choice and it’s very affordable!

2. Indoor Go Karting at EasyKart Bangkok

If you're in Bangkok and craving a pulse-pounding indoor activity, EasyKart Bangkok is your go-to destination for exhilarating indoor GoKarting.

Suitable for racers of all skill levels, from kids to adults, the facility offers a variety of tracks and high-quality karts tailored to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone. Safety is a top priority, with detailed briefings and full gear provided, ensuring a worry-free racing environment. The thrill of competition adds an extra layer of excitement, whether you're aiming to outpace friends or set a new personal record.

Plus, the entire experience unfolds in a comfortable, climate-controlled setting, allowing you to escape the Bangkok heat and focus on the fun of racing.

3. Indoor Skiing and Snowboarding at Ski365

It may come as a surprise, but it’s actually possible to experience the thrill of winter sports in Bangkok thanks to Ski365 at Future Park Rangsit. This indoor skiing and snowboard training center features three adjustable slopes, and the on-site certified instructors can accommodate all skill levels.

With an air-conditioned environment, Ski365 offers a refreshing escape from the heat, making it a perfect family-friendly activity that uniquely blends fun and fitness. You don’t need to bring any equipment as everything is provided.

4. Ice Skating at Sub-Zero Ice Skate Club

Sub-Zero Ice Skate Club in Ekkamai is a perfect destination for those seeking a crisp and entertaining respite from the city's tropical heat.

You can experience a thrilling blend of a fun atmosphere with an emphasis on skill development. Conveniently situated next to BTS Ekkamai, the club has two separate areas. The first one is Play Arena, where you can skate at your own pace with a live DJ playing music. The second one is the Academy Arena, where you can learn or improve your figure skating or hockey abilities under the supervision of trained instructors.

Besides ice-skating, Ekkamai Mall offers a one-stop shop for entertainment, featuring a bowling alley, cinema, shops and restaurants all under one roof.

5. Have an Authentic Massage at a Day Spa

Getting a massage while in Bangkok is an absolute must for many visitors. In the middle of this colorful and chaotic metropolis, a day spa or an air conditioned massage shop can be an excellent way to cool down and relax for an hour or two.

Many tourists go with the iconic Thai massage, but you could also try a herbal ball compress for a therapeutic twist. Thai massage, a traditional technique that combines stretching, acupressure, and yoga poses is arguably the most iconic.

Or how about trying an aromatherapy massage? Many people find that aromatherapy enhances the massage experience and can help them feel calmer and more relaxed.

For a therapeutic twist, make an appointment with a specialist clinic for a Thai herbal compress massage or even an acupuncture session. Acupuncture is an ancient technique rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine which involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body. This natural therapy is known to have several health benefits, including pain relief and stress management.

6. Siam Songkran Music Festival (12-15 April)

Experience the ultimate fusion of Songkran traditions with pulsating electronic beats at the Siam Songkran Music Festival. Taking place over four days, this music event coincides with Thailand's New Year celebrations and often attracts both local and international EDM artists. Just imagine dancing your heart out amidst the vibrant Songkran festivities!

7. Songkran Festival at Khao San Road

Khao San Road, the bustling backpacker hub of Bangkok, becomes a vibrant epicenter of Songkran celebrations, offering an immersive experience for both tourists and locals. The street transforms into a lively water fighting arena, complete with bars, live DJs, buckets, and much more. If you're looking for a rambunctious celebration where getting soaked from head to toe is all part of the fun, Khao San Road is the place to be for Songkran.

8. Surfing at Flow House Bangkok

Come and immerse yourself in the urban paradise that is Flow House Bangkok, where the city and the surf meet. Find the ideal place to unwind in the heart of Bangkok at this lively establishment, which boasts an indoor wave machine, a sports bar, game room and a restaurant. Suitable for all age groups, this is a perfect place to beat the city's heat while trying your hand at surfing.

9. Visit a Water Park

For a splashing good time, head over to one of Bangkok's renowned water parks. Whether it's the child-friendly cartoon themes of Pororo Aquapark, the balance between amusement rides and water attractions in Fantasia Lagoon, or the varied range of exhilarating water rides in Siam Amazing Park, these water parks serve as a fantastic day out for both families and thrill-seekers.

Your Summer Adventure Awaits in Bangkok!

Whether you're a festival-goer, an adrenaline addict, or a shopaholic looking for solace in Bangkok's opulent malls, you're sure to have an unforgettable hot season journey with the city's broad assortment of fun activities.

Put on some sunscreen, get your shades on, and enjoy the cool side of Bangkok this summer!

Thitipon Liumthong

 Tuesday, March 26, 2024 2:23 PM