Bangkok is the hottest city in the world, according to the World Meteorological Society. With year-round high temperatures in the capital irritating even the most sun-loving of travelers, here are the best ways to beat the heat in Bangkok.
Dubbed the coolest bar in Bangkok, Titanium Club & Ice Bar is located off the thriving Sukhumvit Road. This place is cool, so cool in fact that you’ll need some of the wide array of vodka available to warm up; the bar’s temperature is set at a chilling 14 degrees Fahrenheit. On top of all this, Titanium Club & Ice Bar hosts a number of well-known DJs to really get the party started.
From exhilarating water slides to the most chilled wave pools, there are a handful of water parks in the capital, perfect for cooling off. Located in Khan Na Yao is Siam Park City, Bangkok’s largest amusement and water park. Here you’ll find a tremendous wave pool and a number of impressive waterslides. Another theme park in the city is Dream World. A section of it is dedicated to water rides, along with a large water play area that is great for children.
Grab a swimsuit and some SPF 50, as loads of hotels in Bangkok host some the wettest and wildest pool parties. The city has no shortage of nightlife, and some of the best can be found poolside. Some of the most luxurious locations to find these cool parties include DoubleTree by Hilton, Swissotel Le Concorde, SO Sofitel Bangkok, and The Westin Grande, just to name a few. Many of them have entrance fees, but this usually includes a complimentary alcoholic beverage.
Located in the heart of Bangkok, offering an escape from not only the heat but the urban vibe, is Flow House Bangkok. Surfers will be delighted to hear that it is equipped with a giant wave simulator, otherwise known as FlowRider. Those not wishing to surf can instead opt for an ice cold beer at Chang Surf Bar or something a bit sweeter at Surf Cafe. Admission to ride is ฿750 (about $21) per hour for walk-ins.
It’s amazing to find sub-zero temperatures in a city as hot as Bangkok. But, surprisingly enough, there are actually quite a few ice skating rinks found all over the city. Sub Zero Ice Skate, for example, has a large indoor ice skating arena. The Rink also has a number of icy, indoor arenas around the city. One of the most interesting of them all is The Rink located inside of Central World. It is situated on the first floor of the mall where visitors can watch the skaters while they shop. Located on the seventh floor of Siam Discovery Center is Ice Planet, with its ice skating rink coming in at a whopping 1,900 square meters.
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Visit Snow Town
The first ever snow theme park in the city, Snow Town, is a great place to cool down. Whether visitors are keen to lie down and make snow angels or tackle its rolling hills on sleds, this is the ultimate destination for those hoping to cool down in the hottest city in the world. In addition to a frosty interior, Snow Town has a variety of things to see and do, including arcade games and a comfy lounge area. Snow Town is located in Gateway Ekamai Shopping Mall. There is a ฿80 entrance fee for children and ฿100 for adults, plus additional fees for any additional gear visitors wish to rent.
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Indulge in some ice cream
Kill two birds with one stone. Satisfy your sweet tooth, all the while cooling off with a good serving of ice cream. From gelato to wasabi ice cream, shops around Bangkok are getting creative when it comes to this particular frozen treat. Those wanting to try something different should head to IceDEA, serving up conceptual ice cream with flavors including cigarette and steak! Coconut lovers should head to All Coco, where all of their ice cream is made with this fresh, tropical fruit. Some of the other best ice cream shops in town include Farm To Table Cafe, Creamery Boutique Ice Creams, Ghignoni Thailand, and Pinkberry Thailand.
The idea of adding a handful of ice cubes to a perfectly decent beer may sound like an insane idea, but in this heat, Thailand may just be onto something. It is not uncommon here for a beer to be served with a small metal tin of ice cubes in tow. While the Bangkok heat can warm up even the chilliest of beverages, drinking like the locals and adding ice to beer might not be a bad idea after all.
From high-end malls to luxurious movie theaters, there are plenty of chilly, indoor areas equipped with blissful air conditioning. It may seem like a dramatic endeavor to take shelter in one of these places just to escape the heat, but often the temperatures in the city become simply unbearable.
These recommendations were updated on February 20, 2017 to keep your travel plans fresh.