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What To Do in Bangkok in The Morning

They say Bangkok is the city that never sleeps so what activities can you do in the early morning?

Most attractions, restaurants, and malls in Bangkok are not open until 10 am although there is still plenty to do before the city comes alive.

What to do and where to go in Bangkok in the morning

  • Explore tropical green spaces
  • Sample local coffee
  • Visit a temple and avoid the crowds 
  • Take a tour on bike or boat
  • Master Thai cooking or Muay Thai
  • Experience a local market

Morning activities and attractions in Bangkok

Cook the Thai way

Learn to cook and prepare real authentic Thai food by attending morning cooking lessons. 

Cooking with Poo is a cooking package that includes being picked up at BTS station Phrom Phong, collecting fresh ingredients from an early morning market, and learning how to cook dishes such as Somtam and Pad Thai with chef P’Poo.

Cooking lessons start from as early as 8 am and last until lunchtime.  There will be lots to eat so remember to start the day off on an empty stomach!

Explore Bangkok as you’ve never seen it

Morning bicycle tour

Escape the traffic and explore Bangkok’s hidden alleys and backstreets by bicycle. Along the route stop off to visit temples and sample the local food.

Bicycle tours can start from as early as 6 am and last around 3 hours.  

Morning boat tour

Experience the city’s traditional form of transport and explore Bangkok by boat through its many interesting narrow canals and waterways. 

Boat tour packages start from as early as 7 am and tours will top off at attractions along the way.

Master the art of Muay Thai

Learn the Thai martial art of Muay Thai from world-class experts in boxing gyms dotted around Bangkok.  Classes can be adapted to any skill level and beginners are welcome.

Private lessons can start from as early as 7 am and sessions last between 1 to 10 hours. It’s recommended to bring your own towels and toiletries.  Boxing gear is usually provided onsite.

Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun)

Watch the sunrise over Chao Phraya River with a backdrop view of the Temple of Dawn.  

Bangkok sunrise is around 6 am and after taking some pictures why not explore the temple or grand place which both open at 8 am. 

How to get there? Take the BTS dark green line to Saphan Taksin station, trains start running from 5 am onwards.

Early morning markets

Experience the local way of life by sampling the many early-morning markets Bangkok has to offer.

Pak Klong Talad flower market

Flower market (Pak Klong Talad)

Experience the market where locals buy their flowers for businesses and temples around Bangkok. This colorful market is a great place to pick up some cheap flowers or take some amazing snaps for Instagram.

The flower market is open 24 hours and will be busiest in the wee early hours of the morning. The market is within walking distance to Grand Place if you want to explore after the market experience.

How to get there? Take the MRT to Sanam Chai station then the market can found a short 4-minute walk along Chakkraphet Road.

Pratunam Morning Market

Can’t wait for the malls to open? Located outside Baiyoke Boutique Hotel is a women’s only clothing market which opens at 4 am.  There you will find affordable clothing so bring a big reusable bag because you may leave with more than you expected.

Stick around until 8 am then make your way to Pratunam Fashion Mall for an aircon cooled rental experience.

How to get there? Take the BTS to either Siam or Chit Lom then walk 20 minutes to Pratunam or take a taxi directly to the market.

Trok Mor Morning Market

Known as one of the oldest and busiest markets in Bangkok, Trok Mor Market is located in the old town area close to the Grand Palance.

Sample local market food, snacks, or buy produce including fruits, vegetables, and meats.

The market opens at 5 am and closes at 3 pm. Within walking distance to other attractions such a Rommaninat Park or Wat Suthat Thepwararam temple.

How to get there? Take the MRT to Sam Yot station then walk 10 minutes northeast along Ti Thong road.

Insider tip

Wear good shoes to local markets because you don’t want to step in a puddle of who-knows-what!

Wonder into one of Bangkok’s central parks

Escape the busy streets of Bangkok and enjoy a stroll in one of the few parks Bangkok has to offer.

Morning at Lumpini park

Lumpini park

Bangkok has limited green spaces but Lumpini holds the title for being the biggest. It’s admired by locals and tourists alike who go there to get a much-needed rest from the city.

The park has a pond with rentable paddle swans, great for couples or to keep the kids entertained.

Lumpini park opens from 4:30 am onwards and gets busy at peak hours when the weather is cooler. 

How to get there? Take the MRT to Lumphini or Si Lom station and walk north 3 minutes to reach the park.

Insider tip

Reminder to bring your sunscreen when exploring Bangkok’s parks because of limited shading from the sun.

Benjakiti Park

Located within walking distance from Asoke is Benjakiti park which consists of a massive lake and surrounding path, green spaces, and outdoor gyms.

The park is open from 5 am onwards and is great if you’re staying close by to Sukhumvit.

How to get there? The closest train stations are BTS Asoke / MRT which are both 10 minutes walk from the park.

Benchasiri Park

Another notable central park close to Phrom Phong is Benchasiri which consists of a lake, basketball court, and skate park.

The park is open from 5 am onwards and within walking distance to popular EmQuartier shopping mall.

How to get there? Take the green line BTS to Phrom Phong station and walk 2 minutes from the west exit.

Breakfast and coffee

Enjoy the morning coffee with locally brewed beans sourced from the north of Thailand.

THE COMMONS Thonglor

A trendy, hipster, eco-friendly mall in Thonglor, The Commons boasts a number of local restaurants and coffee shops including Roast and Roots.  

The semi-outdoor mall opens from 8 am. Early enough to get your morning coffee fix.

How to get there? It’s recommended to take a local taxi or Grab. If you want to brave the sun it’s possible to walk north along  20 minutes from BTS Thong Lor.

Rocket Coffeebar S.12

If you’re staying in the Silom area, another trendy coffee shop is Rocket with outdoor seating and a great brunch menu.

Rocket is open from 7 am onwards.

How to get there? Located 10 minutes walk from BTS station Chong Nonsi on the dark green line.

Summary

Whatever your desire, Bangkok has a lot to offer for eager early birds looking for an array of morning activities and attractions.

Explore hidden gems around Bangkok by bike or tour and stop on your way to indulge in local cuisine or visit attractions.

Venture to one of the many local morning markets and experience Thai snacks or enjoy a street food breakfast.

How will you spend your morning in Bangkok?

By Nicky

Expat who has lived, explored, and worked in Thailand for over 7 years. I started findyouthere.com to share the knowledge I've picked up over the years with travelers and expats alike.

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