Thailand has its fair share of festivals and Bangkok is a fun place to be for the family during the big ones. Songkran Festival in April is the traditional Thai New Year when the people head for the street to throw water over one another. It is lots of fun along Khao San Road in particular. The King's Birthday Celebrations on December 5 at the Grand Palace and on Ratchadamri Road is another popular event.
Known as muay Thai in local speak, kickboxing is the national obsession, with fights taking place at locations all over the city. The best spot is at the Ratchadamnoen Stadium on Ratchadamnoen Nok Road, or at Lumpini Stadium on a Saturday.
Siam Ocean World
Southeast Asia's supposed largest indoor aquarium is located inside the Siam Paragon shopping mall and shows off tens of thousands of creatures from all over. You can even go diving with the sharks at Siam Ocean World and it's a good attraction for the whole family as you can also eat and shop.
Bangkok's nightlife is electric and eclectic, ranging from cultured nights at the National Theater to all out mayhem at the realms of go go bars and karaoke joints. Silom's strip of bars along Patpong is the best known sleazy area, while the self-contained Nana Entertainment Plaza on Sukhumvit is also along these lines. Backpackers looking for Bangkok nightlife head for Khao San Road in the west of town.