Tuk Tuk Tours
Explore Bangkok by the iconic tuk tuk
There is always something to do in Bangkok – hunt down the latest goings-on with our what’s-on guide. Know of another event taking place that you want to share? Let us know in the comments!
The winter season means the return of free weekly concerts in Lumpini Park by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra’s own musicians will be joined by guest vocalists as they belt out classic tunes, pop hits, movie soundtracks and famous Thai songs. It’s a celebration of the cool(er) weather and the great outdoors in one of Bangkok’s best pockets of green space. Bring along a picnic and settle in for the afternoon! Concerts run on Sundays from 5.30pm, weekly with the exception of 03 and 17 January. BTS Sala Daeng, or MRT Si Lom or Lumpini; www.bangkoksymphony.org.
Our regular evening of Thai cultural insights returns at Expique HQ; this month, we’ll have speakers talking about the perennial topic of dual pricing in Thailand, spirit trees, and other random topics! Refreshments are provided and the event supports the PickAPet4Home charity. 7-9.30pm; 300 baht on the door; Sathorn Soi 9 (BTS Chong Nonsi); www.bit.ly/randomthainessdec2015.
No, not a real parade of elephants through Bangkok’s streets, but an open-air exhibition of brightly coloured elephant statues that have been painted by famous artists and celebrities – including by the late Nancy Chandler, known for her infallible maps of Bangkok – and which will then be auctioned off in aid of elephant conservation charities. You’ll find the Elephant Parade at the front of Siam Paragon until 18 December (BTS Siam), at Asiatique between 20 December and 11 January (BTS Saphan Taksin, or Sathorn river boat pier), and at Lumpini Park from 18 until 29 January (BTS Sala Daeng, or MRT Si Lom or Lumpini); www.bit.ly/elephantparadebkk.
One of Bangkok’s most popular winter markets returns at the Bangkok Docklands along the Chaophraya river, with stalls touting fashion, food and drink. The event debuted in 2014, and this year’s market marks the 150th anniversary of the Bangkok Dock Company Limited. From 4pm; BTS Saphan Taksin, or Sathorn river boat pier; www.facebook.com/thegreatoutdoormarket.
How will you be spending your time in December in Bangkok? Let us know in the comments!
Photos by Bangkok Symphony Orchestra; Expique; Elephant Parade Bangkok; The Great Outdoor Market.