Bangkok is a popular travel destinations for many Australians for a lineup of reasons including affordability and proximity to home. And if you want to make your dollars stretch even further, the city has a lineup of free activities which also immerse you in the local culture. A top pick is taking a walk in Lumpini Park, a large green space in the centre of a concrete jungle, which features a 2.5 km running track, basket ball hoops and outdoor gym equipment. There are also free aerobics classes in the evening, and from November to March occasional free classical and jazz concerts on Sundays. There is also a free, open-air market on the eastern outskirts of Bangkok, which is best visited at night; it’s a great place to pick up vintage goods and second hand objects, as well as a great place to grab a cheap dinner and a few beers. Thailand is the home of Muay Thai boxing, and attending a fight at Lumpini Stadium can be expensive, with tickets hard to get. If you want to try watching the action for free, head to MBK Shopping Centre on a Wednesday evening for MBK Fight Night. Many of the fighters are junior, and they come from all around the world to compete in an atmosphere which is buzzing. When it comes to shrines and temples, you visit Wat Mahathat free of charge, but one of the best things to do here is meditation. The onsite monks offer walk-in classes to teach visitors about seated and walking meditation, with sessions only lasting a few hours. In the middle of the shopping district of Siam you will find also the Erawan Shrine, one of the most popular places in the city for people to come and pay their respects and which has daily performances by a troupe of Thai classical dancers. If you go exploring in Chinatown, and you do a bit of hunting around, you’ll discover three giant crocodiles living in a small pond in the grounds of Wat Chakrawatrachawat Woramahawihan. This lovely old temple is marked by the two white towers; once you get inside and through the main entrance, turn left and you will see the three ancient creatures.