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Alternative Exercise Bangkok

Alternative exercise in Bangkok could be just the thing you’re looking for to break up the hours of shopping and touring attractions. There are many groups that have meetings and get-togethers for exercise and other reasons. Here are some alternative exercise possibilities you can enjoy during your Bangkok stay.

Ultimate Frisbee

  • Meet locals and expats by joining in on a game
  • Every level welcome, even if you’ve never touched a disk
  • Fast-paced play takes place every Sunday at 4 p.m.
  • Visit Bangkok Ultimate for a description and directions to the field


Not quite ready to devote a weekend to climbing in Krabi? Wet your feet (or callus your hands) at one of Bangkok’s indoor climbing walls.

Bangkok Rock Climbing

  • Organization teaches basic techniques and team building activities

The Cave

  • Located on Khaosan Road, this pub bears a 60 feet high indoor wall
  • Brews available to cool you after your climb
  • Cost is 200 Thai Baht (THB), gear included
  • Opens at 5 p.m. to after midnight

Visit Indoor Climbing for more climbing options in Bangkok


Stretch out those limbs after a day in Bangkok’s busy streets. There are dozens of yoga centers in Bangkok. Check with your hotel to see if they have a yoga studio… though this may not be the most wallet friendly option.

Absolute Yoga

  • Membership required
  • First-timers pay 1,111 THB for one month. Every additional month 3,111 THB
  • Beginners welcome
  • 15 different types of yoga and pilates offered, including yoga in 37 degrees Celcius heat

Yoga elements Studio

Claims 12 yoga classes will make you look better. The perfect reason to prolong your stay in Bangkok.


Came to Bangkok for some R & R and late-night naughtiness? These suggestions won’t dent your party schedule.

Hash House Harriers

  • Perfect if you like to run, but would rather drink beer than Gatorade post-run
  • All are welcome for this one hour run on Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
  • First-time Hashers must pay 200 THB, beer included
  • Visit the website for Monday meet-up locations

Lumpini Park

  • Bangkoks largest green space with runner-friendly paths
  • Run on your own or run with clubs that meet at the parks youth center
  • One lap around Lumpini is just over 1 mile
  • Best times to run are early mornings and evenings
  • Come clothed in breathable fabric and keep bug spray handy


  • If you feel empowered enough to take on a marathon in Thailand visit the website
  • Site lists short runs and fun runs for the less competitive runners

Bicycle Touring

Bangkok boasts some of the worst traffic in the world, take the time to see Bangkok from another perspective.

Grasshopper Adventures

  • Organizes rides all over South-East Asia
  • Affordable rides in and around Bangkok
  • Half days start at 1,200 THB and range to 23,000 THB for 4-day trips
  • Fee includes meals, sightseeing and accommodation in four-star hotels

Spice Roads

  • Organizes rides all over southeast Asia but at a more wallet-friendly price
  • Bike to Bang Kra Jao, Bangkok’s jungle island for 1,000 THB. Four-hour trip includes bike rental, water, long-tail boat ticket to cross the Chao Phraya river
  • Contact guide Sutinee Rasp, sutinee@gerako.com

Hash House Bikers

  • Monthly ride of 24-30 miles
  • 300 Baht includes the ride, beers, and lunch. Fee excludes bike rental fee.
  • Rides take place on the last weekend of each month and within a two-hour radius of central Bangkok
  • Check the site for meeting times and places

Muay Thai

An activity and practice that both men and women can enjoy. Use arms, legs, elbows in this high-energy martial art.

Muay Thai Institute

  • School located near Bangkok. Live-in, meals provided, very demanding
  • Classes start at 6,400 THB. Price does not include room fee
  • Visit their website or call (662) 992.0096.99 for more information
  • Email: muaythai911@hotmail.com

Muay Thai Training on Khaosan Road

  • Located just off Khaosan Road in an alley, a cheaper option for backpackers
  • First time fee for the class is 500 THB
  • Students do not live in the center
  • Contact Mr. Peraphan or Mr. Surapol at info@thaiboxings.com
  • Visit the website for a detailed map of the hidden center

Dance Fever

Want to prepare yourself for the famous Bangkok nightlife? Visit www.danceinbangkok.com for listings of locations and types of dance.

RumPuree World Dance Studio

  • 15 types of dance taught from Argentine tango to a striptease
  • Classes start at 400 THB
  • Call 081.439.0200 or email rumpuree@hotmail.com with any questions


What is so alternative about walking? Well take a look at rush hour in Bangkok; everyone is scrambling for a bus, cab or for a train. A middle-aged person with headphones on as they power walk is quite the rarity.

Places to walk

  • BTS elevated walkway
  • Great place to take a brisk walk late night or midday when the crowds are more sparse


  • Endless amounts of walls. Endless opportunities for walking
  • Avoid mall-walking after 5 p.m. and on weekends to stay clear of crowds

Lumpini Park

  • Bangkoks largest green space with walker-friendly paths

Ice Skating

Want to beat the Bangkok heat? Ice skating is a great way to do that.

The Big Mango, Sub Zero Ice Skate Club

  • Ice-rink, night club and karaoke bar
  • Open 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.
  • Lessons available from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
  • Located at Esplanade, Ratchada Road
  • Contact 02.354.2134

Imperial World Ice Skating

  • Bangkoks only Olympic sized rink with proper Olympic facilities; first aid center and changing rooms
  • Open 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Lessons range from 300 to 3,000 THB
  • Admission is 150 THB and includes skate rental
  • Located at 999 Sukhumvit Road, Samrong Nua, Samut Prakarn (Near BTS On Nut)
  • Contact 02.756.8217-9

Open Ice Skate

  • Small rink located in a Big C Superstore, Imperial Lad Prao
  • Brave? Test your skills as shoppers watch from a floor above
  • Open 9:00 a.m. to 21:00 p.m.
  • All day fee is 100 THB, Monday – Friday
  • Weekend price is 120 THB
  • Contact 02.934.9252-3

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