Bangkok has plenty of extreme sports you can enjoy if you’ve done your share of temple-hopping and shopping in the Thai Capital. While most first-timers to Bangkok may find getting carted around Chinatown in the back of a speeding tuk-tuk might be a big enough adrenaline fix, there’s a wealth of other hair-raising activities to add to your vacation plans.

    From becoming would-be shark food inside a massive aquarium to training as a professional fighter, we’ve compiled a list of fun ways to get that heart pumping in and around the city. Just remember to read the small print in your travel insurance first.

    Wakeboarding in Bangkok might be limited to cables (for boat action, head to Pattaya), but that hasn’t stopped the sport from gaining popularity among water-sport fans. There are 2 main places to do it: at Taco Lake (off the Bangna-Trat highway going to the airport) and at Thai Wake Park (Rangsit).

    Taco Lake is cheaper and easier to reach, with 2 hours at around 400 baht. Thai Wake Park, on the other hand, is more geared towards the pros, with flashier facilities and more challenging obstacles. 2 hours of wakeboarding here start at 800 baht and whole day costs around 1,350 baht.

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    Rock climbing at Urban Playground

    Phrom Phong

    Urban Playground at The Racquet Club offers some excellent rock climbing opportunities right in the center of Bangkok. Beginners and experienced climbers are all welcome at this family-friendly facility. A day pass starts from around 475 baht on weekdays – this gives you access to all the facilities including the climbing wall, gym, yoga classes, badminton/tennis courts and swimming pool. They also run introduction courses, starting from 500 baht per hour. You can find Urban Playground on Sukhumvit Soi 49, between the Phrom Phong and Thonglor BTS Skytrain Stations.

    Location: 8 Soi Sukhumvit 49/9, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Friday from 1pm to 10pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 119 7200


    Muay Thai


    It’s quite easy to find a decent Muay Thai gym in Bangkok, being the country’s national sport and all. The question is, which one is best for you? Single passes usually start from around 550 baht, and you’ll get a better deal if you purchase multiple sessions of training. Some Muay Thai gyms offer discounts for weekly or monthly stays, which also include accommodations and meals. Some of our recommendations for some city center gyms include RSM Academy (2nd floor at Jasmine City Building), Chuwattana (Chinatown Bangkok), Jitti Gym (next to Rachada MRT Underground Station), and Luktupfah (On Nut).

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    EasyKart Bangkok at RCA Plaza offers the chance to zipper around a relatively challenging indoor track in 100c, 160cc and 270cc go-karts. The most powerful of these can reach speeds of 55 km/h (not that you’ll max it out), while the 100cc models are good for the kids. Prices start from around 500 baht per race.

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    Location: 31/11 RCA Plaza, 2nd Floor, Rama 9 Road, Bangkapi, Huaykwang, Bangkok 10320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 1pm to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)2 203 1205 ext. 24


    Surfing at Flow House


    For some surfing action right in the heart of downtown Bangkok, there’s no better place than Flow House. Part of several branches worldwide (including the UK and US), the venue has an artificial wave machine that mimics surfing on the ocean. It’s a great way to have fun, keep fit and cool off – all while learning a new sport. You can find the inflatable ramp at A-Square, between Sukhumvit and Rama IV Road. Hour-long sessions start from 800 baht per adult and 535 baht per child.

    Location: A-Square 120/1 Sukhumvit 26 Alley, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 10am to 10pm, Thursday–Friday from 10am to 11pm, Saturday from 9am to 11pm, Sunday from 9am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)99 083 8787



    Nong Kho Reservoir

    Skydivers in Bangkok have to head out of the city a little – after all, the Thai capital has one of the most congested airspaces in the world. Several companies operate out of airbases around the Chonburi or Pattaya area (around 1.5 hours by car). Some include transportation from Bangkok as part of their packages. Thai Sky Adventures offer single tandem jumps (no experience needed) and operate around Nong Kho Reservoir in Chon Buri.


    Extreme cycling at Peppermint Bike Park

    Lad Phrao

    Peppermint Bike Park is a multi-terrain course in Bangkok’s Bang Kapi district, offering riders 2 interlinked tracks: 1 paved and another on raised wooden tracks. There are also ramps, small jumps and elevated curves to make things more interesting. Prices for non-members start from around 150 baht per hour (60 baht for helmet rental). The park stays open under floodlights until 8pm on weekdays and 9pm on weekends.

    Location: Soi Yothinpatana 3, Ekkamai Ramintra Rd, Lat Phrao, Bangkok 10230, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 11am to 8pm, Saturday–Sunday from 7am to 9pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)90 980 1368


    Formula Renault driving at Taki Racing

    Samut Prakan

    The Taki Racing driving school is the real deal for Bangkok’s racing enthusiasts. The 170-horsepower ‘Taki Formula’ cars here can reach speeds of up to 200 km/h, while its full track comes complete with stands, pits and all the safety facilities you need. If you carry a full driving license and a spare 15,000 baht, the track is all yours for half a day. A full day of racing and professional instruction costs onwards of 40,000 baht.

    Phone: +66 (0)86 836 6450

    photo by Phillip Roberts (CC BY 2.0) modified


    Airsoft and paintball at Combat Zone 62

    Srinakarin Road

    Combat Zone 62 is a popular urban playground right behind Seacon Square, next to the Rod Fai Market. The center offers plenty of space for airsoft (shooting your mates with not-so-soft plastic BBs) and paintball (shooting your mates with explosive, paint-filled pellets) matches. All equipment and safety gear is provided, and if you’re welcome to join in with other groups. A full paintball package at Combat Zone 62 costs around 450 baht (including 100 balls), while a day of BB gunning totals around 500 baht with safety equipment and ammunition.

    Location: Soi Suphaphong 3/1, Khwaeng Nong Bon, Khet Prawet, Bangkok 10250

    Open: Monday–Friday from 1pm to 7pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10am to 8pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 330 8042


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