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Siriraj Medical Museum | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson
Siriraj Medical Museum | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson
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The Most Unusual Experiences in Bangkok

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Updated: 19 June 2017
Visitors who cannot handle one more selfie stick or tourist-infested attraction may be less than impressed with Bangkok, one of the most visited cities in the world. However, as full of visitors as it is, there are a handful of experiences that mainstream tourists have yet to find. Unique, unusual, undiscovered: Bangkok’s got it covered.
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Visit the Death Museum

The Siriraj Medical Museum, appropriately dubbed the Death Museum, is not a place for the fainthearted. It is actually made up of six different museums, many of which are full of gory, grotesque displays. Deformed children, body parts of both humans and animals, graphic photographs taken postmortem: the list of eerie exhibits goes on. Much of the information is in Thai, but visitors keen for goosebumps and a truly unusual day should check out this museum. There’s a ฿200 (US$5.80) entrance fee to see all six museums.

Siriraj Medical Museum, 2 Wanglang Road, Bangkok Noi, Bangkok 10700, +66 2419 2601 2

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Grocery Shop at Khlong Toei

A short drive from some of the city’s most luxurious malls and flashy urban décor is Khlong Toei, one of the oldest and biggest slums in the capital. The living conditions here are oftentimes deplorable, but it’s home to the Khlong Toei Market: the largest wet market in Bangkok, full of fresh produce, meat, seafood, and more. Slaughtered chickens lie atop cages of squawking ones. Freshly caught seafood lies on tin racks overflowing with ice. This market, though certainly overwhelming, is one of the coolest areas in the city to photograph as well as find cheap groceries.

Khlong Toei, Bangkok

Khlong Toei wet market | © Andrew K. Smith/Flickr

Drink Coffee with Animals

Coffee, crepes, cats: you never know what you are going to find at one of the many pet cafes around Bangkok. Crazy cat people should beeline for Caturday Cat Café, equipped with enough fluffy felines to keep even the most avid of kitty-loving coffee drinkers happy. Those looking for something with a bit more fur may instead opt for True Love Café, a husky café located off the BTS Skytrain station Ari. There are plenty of these cafes found around the capital, great for those pet-loving travelers who are missing their furry friends back home.

Caturday Cat Cafe, 10400, 115 Phayathai Rd, Thanon Phetchaburi, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 2 656 5247

True Love Cafe, 153 Soi Ari Samphan 2, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 85 908 2777

Caturday Cat Cafe @Bangkok, Thailand
Caturday Cat Cafe @Bangkok, Thailand | © Beam Borwonputtikun/Flickr
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Visit Bangkok’s Airplane Graveyard

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