“Hi, I’m new to Bangkok and as it’s such a big ol place unless I go to khao San for some backpacker friends I believe I will be a bit friendless haha im based in Bangkok Yai, anyone else around?”

This was an inquiry made by one Sarah Jayne sometime back, on an expat forum. Throughout my short time spent online as an amateur blogger, I’ve come across a great number of similar posts; the majority of which begin with “Hi I’m new to Bangkok, where can I….”, or something along those lines. Unfortunately, this inquiry was made a few years ago, so there’s not much I can do to help Sarah out; I do however hope she was able to make some good friends during her time in Bangkok. Looking on the bright side, being someone who has lived in different parts of South-East Asia for the  past 7 years or so,  I do hope to help new comers find a nest of good friends as well as provide information and guidance about certain aspects of life in Bangkok and South-East Asia.

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For those who have lived in Bangkok long enough to feel that they have experienced most of what the bustling center of South-East Asia has to offer, read on and find out what you’re missing.

1. Free Outdoor Fitness-Boot-Camp Session @ Asoke

There’s no better place to meet and socialize with people than in the great outdoors. Open yourself up to the opportunity of meeting and interacting with new people whilst working up a sweat through outdoor fitness games, sprints, relays and body weight intervals. The location is Benjakiti Park, Ratchadaphisek Khlong Toei, 10110, Bangkok. The upcoming meeting is on Tuesday May 31st at 5:30pm, don’t worry if you miss this one; there will be another free Fitness-Boot-Camp session on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016. Want more information regarding the meet-up? Or just want to familiarize yourself with the Fitness Club? Click Here

2. Sukhumvit Life Drawing Soi 23

If you’re a fan of the visual arts or have just started getting into it, make some free time on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Take this opportunity to meet with artists of different skill-sets, share knowledge, and have fun while drawing & sketching a real-life yoga model. The location is the Fish and Ship restaurant down Sukhumvit Soi 23, Asoke, Bangkok. The session will be from 7pm to 9pm. Want more information regarding the meet-up? Or just want to familiarize yourself with the Drawing Club? Click here.

3. Zumba on Saturday, June 11, 2016

“Zumba” is a fun aerobic exercise that incorporates fitness and dance. Although it is currently being used in combination with various forms of dance and music styles, it’s said to have been inspired primarily by Latin-American dance and music styles. If you feel like you are up for this pleasant challenge get your dancing shoes on and head to 490/14 Phahonyothin Aqua Alley, Bangkok near the Bang Na District Office.The upcoming session is on Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Want more information regarding the meet-up? Or just want to familiarize yourself with the Zumba Club? Click here.

4. Literature Club

For all intellectuals who are looking for a group to read, analyze, and discuss literature with, The Lit Society, may be just the right club for you. Here, various forms and genres of literature are discussed every month. Take this opportunity to learn and share knowledge with fellow intellectuals. The location is Hemmingway’s Bangkok, Sukhumvit Soi 14, Sukhumvit Road, Klong Toei, Bangkok. The session will take place on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 7:3opm. Want more information regarding the meet-up? Or just want to familiarize yourself with the Literature Club? Click here.

5. “Wat Yothin Pradit” Photo Walk

“Wat Yothin Pradit” is a monastery located in Samut Prakan, Thailand, a district just outside of Bangkok. This walk is for those who are passionate about photography, and are willing to do a bit of walking to get the best photos, of everyday city life. The starting point of the walk is Banga Na Bearing BTS Station on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 7am. Want more information regarding the meet-up? Or just want to familiarize yourself with the Photography Club? Click here.

A little bit about the author

The author, Muksin Straker-Cook, is a British-Tanzanian scholar who has been living in South-East Asia for almost seven years. He is currently completing his Bachelor’s degree in Management: with an Emphasis in International Business & Minor in Advertising and Marketing Communications, in an accredited American University in Thailand. Before his two and half years living in Thailand whilst completing his Bachelor’s degree, he spend four and a half years living and studying in Vientiane, Lao P.D.R.