Sober Guide to Bangkok: 5 Alcohol-free Activities You Won’t Want to Miss
Our sober guide to Bangkok shows you how to take advantage of the best that Bangkok has to offer – sans ‘Changover’.
The proverbial night out in Bangkok is a world-famous affair, but it often centres on debauchery. And while it’s true that much of the city’s nightlife revolves around alcohol – from the Sangsom-fuelled parties of Khao San Road to the EDM beats of Thonglor’s night clubs – the truth is that Bangkok is a multi-faceted, world-class city with plenty of sober fun to be had.
On that note, here are some of the top sober activities to enjoy in Thailand’s capital:
Dine in the Dark
Dine in the Dark is a high-concept dining experience hosted at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. When guests arrive, they choose their meal from a four-course set menu. They’re then introduced to a visually impaired guide who takes them by the arm, leads them into a pitch-black room and leads them to their table. Each course is served by blind serving staff who know the room’s layout by heart and are, of course, unfazed by the lack of light.
Dining in the Dark puts guests on their back foot, as they struggle to locate and use their utensils – let alone identify which foods they’re eating. It’s something of a revelation how much you depend on your vision when eating. Guests regularly rate this as even more enjoyable than they expected, and the fact that proceeds from each meal are donated to the Foundation for the Blind in Thailand is icing on the cake.
Address: Ground Floor, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Sukhumvit Road (BTS: Asoke)
Telephone: +66 26 498 358
Showtime: 6 pm to 9:30 pm (last order)
Siam Niramit Cultural Exhibition
This staged extravaganza is an iconic Bangkok production. It explores Thailand’s rich history and culture through three, breathtaking acts:
- Journey Back Into History
- Journey Beyond Imagination
- Journey Through Joyous Festivals
The performance is staged in the purpose-built Ratchada Theatre, which is a spectacle unto itself with its own souvenir shop, restaurant and cultural village. Seeing Siam Niramit is certainly a one-off event, but it’s well worth the effort and offers a beautiful introduction to the myths culture of Thailand.
Address: 19 Tiamruammit Road, Huaykwang, Bangkok (MRT: Thailand Cultural Centre)
Telephone: +66 26 499 222
Showtime: 8 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Escape games are fun for small groups of friends or family members, and they’re quite popular in Bangkok at the moment. Players are ‘locked’ in a room together where they have to decipher clues in order to make it back outside. Generally, players have one hour to solve the puzzle and escape the room.
The room’s design and the mystery or puzzle are typically based around a specific theme or motif, which changes every few months. With that in mind, you can periodically return to an escape room you’ve already visited to solve the newest puzzles. There are enough escape rooms in Bangkok to make this a regularly planned activity – something you enjoy every two or three months.
These are a great early-evening activity. These are the most popular escape rooms in Bangkok:
- Ticket to Mystery
Address: 3rd Floor, Gateway Ekkamai, Sukhumvit Road (BTS: Ekkamai)
Telephone: +66 91 107 4065
Hours: Games can be booked from 11 am to 9 pm.
- Escape Hunt
Address: 399 Interchange (Citibank Building), Unit C, B2 Level (Basement), Sukhumvit Road (BTS: Asoke, MRT: Sukhumvit)
Telephone: +66 26 112 827, 26 112 828
Hours: Hours: 9:30 am to 8:30 pm
- Escape Room
Address: 7th Floor, Zone SF Cinema City, MBK Centre, Phayathai Road (BTS: National Stadium)
Telephone: +66 26 114 994
Hours: 10 am to 10 pm
Game Over Electronic Game Lounge
This popular game lounge in Bangkok’s trendy Thonglor district is an oasis of fun for groups of just about any size. It’s housed in a 400-square-metre venue and features a host of entertainment options:
- Video game consoles including PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Wii-U
- Computer game consoles
- New and classic board games
- Pool table and other table-based games
Game Over bills itself as a place to gather and play some of the top video games the latest consoles, but it’s by no means strictly a high-tech hangout. Office workers often come after work to play board games and enjoy the gourmet burgers by Daniel Thaiger.
Bear in mind that drinks are served here, but this is not a bar and there’s no pressure to drink, as playing games requires paying for a daily membership or, in some cases, an hourly rate. This place closes late, with people staying well after midnight.
Address: Liberty Plaza, Sukhumvit Soi 55
Telephone: +66 21 707 648
Hours: 11 am to 2 am
Lazgam Laser Tag Arena
Flashback to the 1990s in Bangkok’s newest laser tag arena – located on the fifth floor of Holiday Inn Sukhumvit. Players are strapped with a high-tech sensor vest and laser gun, and they can play one of a few different types of gฟames. The rules vary but are straightforward and well-explained. Generally, the goal is to shoot as many other people as many times as possible, without getting shot yourself.
The arena computer tallies points for each shot, and you’ll get a score card at the end letting you know how you did. Games last 15 minutes, and you can either pay by the game or invest in an all-day pass for serious, ongoing gameplay.
Address: 5th Floor Holiday Inn Sukhumvit Hotel, Sukhumvit Soi 22 (BTS: Asoke or Phrom Phong)
Telephone: +66 26 637 703
Hours: 12 pm to 10 pm
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