By Nicole Hoey
As Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok has many unique events that give visitors a great taste of the culture. You can explore massive markets, sample some local foods, and join in on a variety of music festival fun. If you want to learn more, here are 9 cool ways to experience Bangkok in September!
1. Thailand and Japan Art Brut: Figure of Unknown Beauty
Art Brut, or outsider art, is an art form that deviates from the common practices of fine art, leaving the artist to experiment in their work in new and exciting ways. This fantastic art exhibit celebrates this idea and features a collaboration between about 50 Japanense and Thai artists, who worked on photos, three-dimensional art pieces and more. This event lasts the entire month of September, so you’ll have plenty of time to see the exhibit for yourself!
Address: Bangkok Art And Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
2. Chatuchak Weekend Market
Bangkok is famous for its fabulous markets, and the Chatuchak Weekend Market will certainly meet your expectations. As the world’s largest weekend market, the shopping center will give you so many options for trinkets and gifts that your head will spin. The market is open from Wednesday to Sunday each week, ensuring that you’ll have time to explore its winding streets, perhaps more than once!
Address: Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok, Thailand
3. BeautyWorld Thailand
From August to September 1 experience a beauty convention like no other at BeautyWorld Thailand. Over 250 companies will have booths stocked with various makeup, skincare and other beauty products at the event, ensuring that you will be able to sample plenty of fun, new cosmetics.
Address: MCC HALL The Mall Bangkapi, Bangkok, Thailand
4. Bangkok Art Book Fair
The Bangkok Art Book Fair wants to promote learning about art through books, from sculptures to design to printing itself. The fair uses both independent and well-known publishers, ensuring that each is getting equal exposure to the booklovers that show up to explore the event displays. Held from September 5-8, the fair is sure to teach you new things about art books!
Address: Bangkok CityCity Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
5. Heartisan Weekend
theCommons acts a gathering space/mall for the local community in Bangkok, providing the neighborhood with native artisans, food and a sense of belonging. The mall holds Heartisan Weekend to celebrate this ideal, with a weekend full of fun activities that involve both visitors and locals alike. Join in on a local part and feel what it’s like to belong to a community in Bangkok.
Address: The Commons, Bangkok, Thailand
6. Bangkok International Festival of Dance & Music
Opera, music, ballet, and dance: these are the amazing performances you can see at the Bangkok International Festival of Dance & Music. Groups from countries like Germany, China and Spain are coming to the event, each showcasing a completely different art form for their audiences. Starting September 11, this festival invites you to explore new genres of music with your friends and family!
Address: Thailand Cultural Centre, Ratchadapisek Rd, Huay Kwang, Bangkok, 10320, Thailand
7. SO Amazing Chefs
8 Michelin-star chefs treat audiences to delicious dishes each night in the 8-day event known as SO Amazing Chefs. With different themes each evening, such as oyster night, dim sum, and culinary showdowns between the chefs, the program will be sure to satisfy your stomach. From September 15-27th, you can enjoy these food-tastic events in venues around the city.
8. Sunday Fight Night
Sunday Fight Night on September 22 will give you a chance to experience Muay Thai, or Thai boxing. This unique form of boxing requires a lot of strength and discipline, and makes for a great sporting event to watch. As the national sport of Thailand, Muay Thai also gives you a peek into the cultural importance of the game.
Address: Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand
9. The Erawan Museum
With a 95-foot tall, three-headed elephant placed on top of the museum, The Erawan Museum is nothing like you’ve ever seen before. The giant, beautiful outside elephant almost prepares you for the museum's ornate inside, full of bright colors swirled in unique patterns. The museum is home to ancient art and collections which display the culture of Thailand, but the presentation of the collection is what is truly magnificent.
Address: The Erawan Museum, Samut Prakan, Thailand