Give your kids the best of Bangkok
- Published on Wednesday, 15 July 2015 09:53
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Bangkok is undoubtedly one of the entertainment capitals of the world, and even though you may think it’s geared towards parents, as you run a whirlwind tour of shopping, dining, sightseeing, spa’s and nightlife, there’s actually plenty for the little ones to enjoy too. With action packed activities, amusement parks and waterslides, the hardest part isn’t choosing what to do, but actually being able to fit it all in!
A little adventure
Thailand’s perfect summer weather has everyone craving the beach, and even though Bangkok isn’t near the ocean there’s great water-based activities for the youngsters to try. Flow House offers the chance to test their surfing skills riding a flawless mechanical wave, though this one is probably best if your kids are a little older. Dream World amusement park is a fantastic choice for kids of all ages with its own Snow Town, or cool off in Siam Park as you enjoy their wave lagoon. Both are geared towards a full-day out, that is especially for the kids. If battling the weather isn’t your thing, try Kidzoonia and Funarium instead for a little air-conditioned comfort, with ball pools and adventure playgrounds that will keep your kids occupied for hours.
For a more relaxing afternoon, head to one of the malls and enjoy a movie. IMAX and 3D films are available in many locations, and you can even book exclusive tickets to enjoy the film from a recliner with your own waiter to serve you throughout the film. Madame Tussauds is another family classic, which you can find in Siam Discovery Center, just next door to Siam Paragon. Let your kids go wild taking pictures with their favorite pop stars and movie icons. The Museum of Siam is one of the best in Bangkok for children, as they have great hands-on activities and exhibits for the kids. The markets at Asiatique can’t be missed for the shopping, dining and the nightly cultural shows, to let your kids to see traditional Thai dancing, and get their hands on some cool souvenirs.
Time to eat
The Thai’s have dining down to an art, and the range of restaurants in Bangkok stretches from the affordable to the extravagant, with a wide range of selections from every continent. Even just sitting and watching a street vendor cooking up a fresh local dish can be a novelty, as they are experts with the wok. Cute and quirky are two attributes the Thai’s love, and you can find many different restaurants that appeal to both children and the young at heart alike. Try Hajime Robot Restaurant for a Japanese and Thai selection, where you’re served your meals by a robot. Teddy’s House Kitchen is also worth a visit, with a menu of pancakes that come out shaped like teddy bears, and a workshop where you can build your own soft toys. If your child is a fussy eater or wants a little more interaction with each meal, you have to try one of the many barbecue or hotpot restaurants. Your kids can help to grill the food or throw their choice into a bubbling hotpot, perfect if your little ones like to be in control.
Back to nature
Bangkok is definitely more an urban destination than tropical paradise, but that doesn’t mean the great outdoors can’t be enjoyed. Check out Lumpini Park to enjoy the greenery along with the monitor lizards who like to cruise around, and it’s not too far from Paragon and Central World. Nearby the Emporium shopping mall you’ll find plenty of space to stretch out on the green grass at Benjasiri Park, while your kids enjoy the playgrounds and swings. Out near Chatuchak Market the Rot Fai Park is fantastic, you can rent bicycles and there’s a lovely Butterfly Garden to explore. If animals and fish are more your thing, get up-close and personal with sharks, catfish and a ton of other underwater marvels at Siam Ocean World, and there’s big game aplenty at Safari World. Dusit Zoo makes for a more low key day out, or head to the Snake Farm and learn all about these reptiles and even get to see how their venom is collected. One of the most simple activities is my kids favorite, feeding the giant catfish that swarm around the piers at almost every riverside temple in the city.
Changing things up
Parents coming to Bangkok typically look forward to relaxing spa treatments and traditional Thai massages. Luckily, there’s plenty of pampering available for the little ones too. Spend your time shopping in the baby boutique at My BeBe Spa, while your kids get treated to facials, body scrubs and massage, a perfect way to have your little princess feeling like one. Kidzania is another fantastic attraction, containing a mini city where your kids can experiment by playing a number of ‘adult’ jobs, like fixing car engines as a mechanic, creating works of art in their studio, or even shaving customers in their novelty barber salon. Superhero loving children cannot miss the Batcat Museum, which has over 50,000 action hero and heroine figures, or if you want to get in the art yourself visit Esplanade Shopping Centers Art in Paradise. The walls are painted with stunning visual illusions, so you and your family can take hilarious photos in the center of some truly remarkable situations.
Bangkok is a city packed full of exciting activities for your kids to enjoy. The Thai’s welcome children with open arms, and you’ll find plenty of entertainment to get them excited and having fun in the big city. From child-friendly restaurants to theme parks and attractions, there is always something different for youngsters to enjoy, and experience something new.