Tentacool, Electabuzz, Lapras, Snorlax, Porygon, Charmander. You might not recognise these names, but your kids almost certainly do. Does Pikachu ring a bell? If you’re still in the dark, these rare digital monsters have been causing Pokémon Trainers to scour cities across the globe in hopes of catching them. While the game may have seemed like a fad at first, it’s quickly proven to be a unique new way for players to connect with their surroundings, spend time with others and discover new places. These qualities make it an incredible family game, especially for those travelling to popular destinations such as the bustling city of Bangkok.
All of that being said – where are the best spots in Bangkok to catch these digi-creatures? We’ve rounded up some of the most ideal places for players to locate rare creatures and stock up on Pokéballs, while simultaneously exploring some of the city’s popular tourist hotspots
Siam Paragon / Paragon Park
Siam Paragon shopping mall and Parc Paragon, its massive outdoor event space, are two of the most popular places by far to catch Pokémon in Bangkok. With so many locals and tourists visiting the area on a daily basis, the destination regularly spawns monsters and boasts a number of nearby Pokéstops – which players use as a means to stock up on Pokéballs and other helpful tools.
Chatuchak Market, also known as JJ Market, has long been hailed as a venue to find just about anything – you can buy items ranging from handmade furniture to pets – so it’s no surprise that the area is brimming with rare Pokémon too. Similarly to Siam Paragon, the market also conveniently contains many Pokéstops. Stretch out your shopping time by wandering amongst more than 8,000 stalls, picking up souvenirs as the kids happily remain on the hunt for Pokémon to add to their collections.
Take your family out for a stroll in the leafy Benjasiri Park. Not only will you find a wide variety of Pokémon hanging around, from the common Weedle and Rattata to the rare Snorlax and Rhyhorn, but walking will help players hatch any eggs in their incubators while giving them a break from Bangkok’s busy streets. The larger Lumpini Park is also a great spot to get some exercise in while adding to your Pokémon collection.
Another popular shopping centre to catch Pokémon at is the Central World mall, located between Siam and Chidlom BTS Stations. Much like Siam Paragon, you’ll find a number of monsters and Pokéstops here. If any family members grow weary of playing the game, rest assured that they’ll find solace in Bangkok’s legendary surrounding retail therapy!
Bangkok’s Yaowarat district, or Chinatown, has always been a popular spot with both locals and tourists alike thanks to its charming traditional shop houses, mouth-watering restaurants and lively street markets. Spend an afternoon here soaking up the atmosphere while snacking on street food and, of course, catching Pokémon.
The Grand Palace
No stay in Bangkok would be complete without a visit to the impressive Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Built in 1782, the Grand Palace dazzles visitors daily with its golden chedis, giant yaksha guards, intricately detailed mosaics and quintessential Thai architecture. Nowadays, the revered site is also popular with Pokémon Go players. While you’re sure to find some rare species here, keep in mind that the palace grounds and nearby Wat Phra Kaew temple are highly significant both culturally and religiously, and should be treated with respect.
Remember, it’s always a good idea to connect your phone to a power pack to keep your battery from dying during the hunt! While Pokémon Go can be an addictive game, try not to stay glued to your phone’s screen at all times – enjoy your surroundings and discover new sights in Bangkok!
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