The traditional Thai boxing known as Muay Thai may be the most famous of the many physical activities available in Bangkok. The traditional music played at Muay Thai venues like Rattanakosin's Ratchadamnoen Stadium and Silom's Lumpinee Boxing Stadium is just as enjoyable as the bouts themselves. Visitors can even take some Muay Thai lessons of their own at Rangsit's Muay Thai Institute, which was established to promote and preserve this unique Thai sport.
Golfing is another popular Bangkok pastime as there are no fewer than 40 courses situated throughout the city. Gofling weekend packages have become readily available at high quality Bangkok golf courses such as the Bangkok Golf Spa Resort, Muang Kaew Golf Course, and Thai Country Club. Golfers can also practice their swing at a number of Bangkok driving ranges.
Bangkok may not be close to any major beaches, but visitors can nonetheless try their hand at surfing at the Flow House Bangkok artificial wave machine. Flowriding combines wakeboarding and surfing on an effective perpetual breaking wave simulation made from an inflatable ramp with a thin water sheet. This indoor beach club also features a surf shop, snack bar, sun lounger, children's pool, and even a viewing deck. The cheaper Taco Lake are the flashier Thai Wake Park are two more places in Bangkok where visitors can enjoy wakeboarding.
Royal City Avenue Plaza's Easy Kart is Bangkok's largest indoor go karting track. Easy Kart go karts range from junior karts for children seven and older to larger engine sizes suitable for older drivers of all levels. Each Easy Kart go kart race lasts about eight minutes, and all prices include racing overalls, helmets, and other mandatory safety gear. Visitors with an even greater need for speed can take Formula Renault driving lessons at Taki Racing.
Urban Playground is a central Bangkok gym which specialises in indoor rock climbing, but also features a swimming pool, courts for tennis and badminton, and yoga classes. Cycling is another popular Bangkok activity, but some of the city's more extreme cycling can be found at Peppermint Bike Park. Two interlinked tracks are available at this multi-terrain Bang Kapi course filled with elevated curves, small jumps, and plunging ramps.
One of Siam Ocean World's most daring activities is swimming with leopard, reef, and tiger sharks. PADI scuba divers who swim with these sharks get discounts, but divers can also swim through the glass underwater Ocean Walker tunnel, which provides a 180 degree view of many Siam Ocean World marine creatures.
The Combat Zone 62 urban playground offers both paintball and airsoft behind Seacon Square, while bobble football is a combination of stock car racing and football which is played while wearing an inflatable ball. Several Bangkok shopping centres include bowling alleys on their uppermost floors. Cosmic Bowl stands out because of its children's and fluorescent bowling, while the Blue-O Rhythm and Bowl boasts a dozen karaoke rooms.
Believe it or not, ice skating rinks are another common feature at Bangkok shopping centres. One of Bangkok's biggest ice skating rinks is Ice Planet, which occupies two Siam Discovery Centre floors. The Olympic sized Imperial World Ice Skating rink stands on Imperial World Samrong's top floor. Other places where skaters can glide and cool off from Bangkok's tropical heat include Imperial Lad Prao's Open Ice Skate and Sub Zero Ice Skate Club, where drinks and snacks are served on literal ice bars.
Visitors who prefer outdoor activities, however, have plenty to choose from in Bangkok's 'green lung,' Lumpini Park. The biggest and oldest of Bangkok's green spaces features a fun outdoor gym as well as a couple of serene lakes where visitors can enjoy paddle boating or rowing. Lumpini Park visitors can also partake in pre-sunset open-air aerobics sessions at no extra cost or participate in yoga, fencing, or tai chi beneath a shady pavilion.