Bangkok, Thailand




See & Do
House RCA
RCA Plaza, 31/8 Royal City Avenue. Opens: daily from 11:45 a.m. to midnight.
This is a boutique art house cinema with two screens. No Hollywood blockbusters or Thai chick flicks here but expect Swedish art films and obscure Cantonese dramas. Foreign movies are subtitled in both Thai and English. The cinema is not as luxurious as those in Siam Paragon but good enough. Don't trust any listings as they are often wrong - just turn up and see what they are screening at the moment.

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PTT Speed Way
RCA Plaza, 31/6-9 Royal City Avenue. Opens: Monday-Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to midnight., Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Saturday-Sunday & holidays from 1:00 p.m. to midnight.
Opened in March 2004, this is the largest indoor go-kart track in Asia. The track receives more than 100,000 visitors every year, most of them karting during the weekends.

UMG RCA Cinema
RCA Plaza, 31-6/9 Royal City Avenue.
Formerly boasting five screens, now two of them on the third floor have been remodeled into the House RCA art cinema. Three screens remain with about 1,000 seats. It features recently released Hollywood and Thai mainstream films.

BSC Bowl
RCA Plaza, 31/6-9 Royal City Avenue. Opens: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This is a bowling centre that does a fine job if you're looking for a night out with friends. It is really a huge place with dozens of bowling alleys lined up right next to each other.

Thai Life Permanent Exhibition Hall
Thailand Cultural Centre, Walthana Tham Rd (MRT Thailand Cultural Centre). Opens: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This venue displays the history of the Thai people and culture from pre-historic times to the present day. The exhibition is divided into five topics covering the history of Thai culture, important archaeological sites in Thailand, world civilization, origins of the Thai people and Thai language and literature. The information is told in a presentation using computer generated imagery, photography, slide-presentations and even puppets.

Blu-O Rhythm and Bowl
4F, Esplanade, 99 Ratchadaphisek Rd (MRT Thailand Cultural Centre). Opens: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Entertainment complex combining karaoke rooms with bowling facilities aimed at upper-middle class Thai ladies. The entrance is professional and neat in a glamorous blue, gold and white style. The karaoke rooms look much like living rooms with a DVD player and touch-screens. The 22-lane bowling alleys are world-class. After 5:00 p.m., bowlers play with a glow-in-the-dark ball in a dimly-lit environment.

Sub Zero Ice Skate Club
4F, Esplanade, 99 Ratchadaphisek Rd (MRT Thailand Cultural Centre). Opens: daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and from 5:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Yeah, logical, it is 35 degrees outside, let's go to an ice skating club! It's a completely original experience though, as at daytime you can just skate around or take lessons, while at night, this turns into some swanky club complete with strobe lights, live DJs and bars made from ice. Don't forget to bring jackets. 

Muangthai Ratchadalai Theatre
4F, Esplanade, 99 Ratchadaphisek Rd (MRT Thailand Cultural Centre).
Opened in 2007, this 1,500-seat musical theatre has an extensive schedule of theatre productions and live shows. Most of the productions cater to the locals, so check before booking.

Thailand Cultural Centre
Walthana Tham Rd (MRT Thailand Cultural Centre).
The Thailand Cultural Centre is a fully integrated venue for social education and cultural activities. There aren't many foreigners in this area, so most of the shows are aimed at local visitors. It is a world-class centre that can accommodate more than 2,000 visitors. There's always something on, most of the time there is a symphony orchestra performaning but most foreigners come over to see a traditional Thai cultural show. You might want to call first and find out about the current programme before coming here.

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