Doing Bangkok with kids is a wonderful cultural experience for the whole family. If Thailand is on your travel bucket list, you will love these 10 awesome places to take the kids in Bangkok.
Also known as The Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun is one of Bangkok’s prettiest temples. Perched on the side of the river, the design of this temple is very different to all of Bangkok’s other architectural designs. This majestic temple is a beautiful sight both during the day and all lit up at night. It’s simple to access by a quick boat ride and costs 100 baht to enter Wat Arun. Remember to wear your long pants and skirts as a mark of respect when visiting Bangkok temples.
Bangkok is nicknamed as the ‘Venice of the East’ because it has many canals and waterways, perfect for a canal boat ride. This activity is very cheap – you can get a boat ride for a few baht and enjoy the scenery. There are old bridges, crooked houses and tree lined canals, making it a peaceful and scenic journey.
Snow Town is a great way to escape the heat – it’s an indoor snow village with 30-40cm of artificial snow. Located in the Gateway Ekamai Shopping Mall, Snow Town has a main street with Japanese restaurants, shops and a playground. There is a small slope where you can hire toboggans or skis or even have a private skiing lesson.
The Golden Mount is the most well-known landmark in the realm of temples – and Wat Saket is a sacred pilgrimage site during a worshipping period that lasts for a week in November. You can climb to the top to enjoy the views of Bangkok. There are 300 steps but it is a relatively easy climb so put it on your to-do list if you’re thinking of visiting. If you happen to be visiting in November, Wat Saket hosts a temple fair with coloured lanterns, decorative flags, food vendors and fairground games for the kids to play.
The Grand Palace is a former Thai royal residence that today is only used for special ceremonies. Visitors are allowed to wander through the grounds and four of the remaining palace buildings. There are more than 100 buildings in the Grand Palace that represent over 200 years of royal history. The Boromphiman Hall can only be viewed from behind palace gates, but it has a significant history, having once been used as the headquarters for an attempted coup. Remember to wear long skirts or trousers on a visit to the Grand Palace.
Keep the kids busy with fun activities like digging for dinosaur fossils in the Dino Detective Park or create giant bubbles from the inside in the science gallery. All of the activities are hands on and encourage interactive learning. There is a construction zone where you can build a city, or head outdoors to explore the playground with a pyramid net, water splash zone and more. This fun experience is located in Chatuchak Park, right near the weekend markets.
Chatuchak is one of the largest markets in the world. You will find everything you can imagine on sale at the Chatuchak Weekend Market. You could easily spend a whole day here but it’s best to visit early in the day before it gets too hot, as the markets are outdoors. Find everything from clothing, homewares, antiques, food and plants on sale. If you feel you’re lost inside these huge markets, use the clock tower as a landmark. The markets also open on Friday nights from 8pm until midnight if you fancy an evening activity.
Wat Pho is spread out across 8 hectares and is one of the most popular tourist destinations to visit when in Bangkok. The impressive Reclining Buddha attracts many interested visitors, but you will also find the city’s largest collection of Buddha images at Wat Pho. You must remember to dress in long pants and skirts when visiting and wear shoes that are easy to remove – you’ll be given a bag to carry your shoes in when you enter the temple. Be sure to take lots of coins, too – it’s customary to put coins in all of the bowls at the Reclining Buddha.
Floating Markets are a fun cultural activity. Locals pile their boats high with fresh produce, ready-to-drink coconut juice and cooked food to buy and enjoy. There are multiple floating markets to attend, but you can take a guided tour at Damnoen Floating Markets. The markets are best done early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day. This is a great day for photo opportunities and don’t forget to haggle when you go to the markets!
Located on the fifth floor of Siam Paragon, Kidzania is an ‘edutainment’ zone for kids aged between 4 and 14 years. The kids can choose from up to 80 different jobs such as learning to be a dentist, a pilot or even fight a fire with real water. Each activity caters for 6-8 kids and is designed so that parents don’t need to help – so you’re free to just watch and take photos! The kids earn money for the work they do, which they can deposit into their bank accounts and then buy something at the souvenir shop on the way out.
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