Welcome, Traveler. I’m happy you stopped by! Here you will find some of the must-do activities in Bangkok, Thailand. If you don’t know much about Bangkok, don’t worry! I’ll walk you through the top attractions so that your vacation will be smooth, filled with memories, and most importantly — fun for you and your entire family! Each year, Bangkok is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Maybe it’s because of the incredible mix between traditional Thai culture and the modern amenities of a world-stage metropolis. Or, maybe it’s because of the good-hearted nature of the Thai spirit. Whether you are looking for a relaxing stroll in the park, a bustling weekend market, or a delicious treat to help keep the Bangkok sun at bay, the “City of Angels” surely has something to offer everyone. Here is my list of the top ten things to do in Bangkok with kids!
1.) Lumpini Park
Open: Every day from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Think of Lumpini Park as the lung of Bangkok. This respite from the city is just what the doctor ordered after a long flight and children in need of fresh air. This park is draped with trees, and contains a beautiful lake in its center. For roughly one dollar, you can rent a charismatic swan boat and zip around the lake, getting plenty of incredible views of the skyscrapers standing guard around the city. If you have extra time, bring your jogging shoes and join the throngs of walkers, runners, and cyclists who enjoy the park each day. Lumpini Park is truly a sure-fire way to recharge the batteries before you tackle Bangkok in full force!
2.) Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World (Siam Paragon) B1 Fl.
Open: Every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World is a fantastic place for children – and adults – to visit! Everyone wants to see sharks up close or smile at a starfish. Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World sits on the bottom of the Siam Paragon shopping complex, and offers visitors the opportunity to walk through one of Southeast Asia’s largest aquariums! With 30,000 unique species from all over the world, both young and old will enjoy this vast dive into some the world’s most stunning creatures. Best of all, your children will be so busy standing in awe of the sharks, stingray leopards, African penguins, eels, and jellyfish that they will forget they’re learning something along the way!
3.) Dream World
Open: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Amusement Park! Amusement Park! MOM! DAD! AMUSEMENT PARK! Yes, Bangkok has its own amusement park that children – and adults – can enjoy! Whether you are opting for a water ride (Grand Canyon) or a thrill ride (Flying Carpet), there’s plenty to choose from. Mom might get a kick out of the bumper boats, while dad might want to cool off in Snow Town – Kids, real snow! Who wants to have a sled race?! Dream Word is located about an hour outside of Bangkok, near Don Mueang International Airport. For convenience, ask your hotel receptionist for the best route to get there.
4.) Dusit Zoo
Open: Every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Give yourself and your family an afternoon to check out Bangkok’s Dusit Zoo. For about four dollars, this attraction is affordable and conveniently located in central Bangkok. You’ll see the usual suspects: elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, etc. Give yourself a break from all the incredible sights you saw in the morning. Enjoy the shade of Dusit Zoo and get in tune with your wild side!
5.) Museum Siam
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
All play and no work makes.. Or is in the other way around?! This museum uses technology to help educate visitors about Thailand and elsewhere in a fashion that is standard in modern museums. At an affordable entrance fee, Museum Siam gives you a glimpse into Thai history that those amusement park rides can’t provide. Check the website for the most convenient way to reach Museum Siam from your hotel! Give yourself a good hour to peruse each section of the museum. You’re sure to learn something fascinating that will linger in your mind and those of your children!
6.) Dinosaur Planet (BTS Promphong)
Open: Every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dinosaur Planet will have at least one member of your family quoting Jurassic Park for the remainder of your vacation! This attraction will mesmerize the dinosaur lover in you and in the best way possible! Get up close to replicas of your favorite dinosaurs – T-rex, velociraptor, and many, many more. You’ll see: live shows, volcanoes, and have the opportunity to see the prehistoric world from the perspective of Dino Eye! You can expect admission into Dinosaur Planet to be about seventeen dollars for adults and eleven for children. What a roaring good deal!
7.) Asiatique The Riverfront (BTS Tak-sin)
Open: Every day from 4 p.m. to midnight
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Feel like a little bit of shopping? This night market is located near the famous Chaophraya River, and is a great spot to get a glimpse of what Thai culture is all about. Here, you’ll be able to find food, drink, and of course, all the souvenirs your heart desires. It’s a great opportunity to see what Bangkok’s nightlife is truly about! You can expect: lots of friendly people, impressive views of the city, incredible eating establishments, and at least one member of your family discovering his or her newest favorite snack! And if you have time, do take a boat ride down the river! It’s cheap and offers an incredible perspective of Bangkok at night.
8.) Science Centre for Education (BTS Ekkamai)
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed on Monday)
Tel. 02-3910544, 02-3920508
“Grandson/Granddaughter, what did you do in Bangkok?” I learned that I love science, grandma!
The goal of this center is to provide an educational opportunity for everybody! Demonstrations, hands-on learning — this place will have you and your children learning about DNA, space, microbes, and a whole host of other science related topics. Didn’t think you’d have such a great opportunity to learn in Bangkok, did you?! Well, as you’ll discover, Bangkok is full of surprises. You just need to jump out and reach for them! Check the website for a complete list of activities that you and your family can choose from.
Open: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Kidzania is a world unto itself where your children (age 4 -14) can role-play in a community that is all their own. It’s a city – complete with buildings, roads, businesses, etc. – where the next generation of adults can interact and learn about professions and jobs in a fun, creative, and imaginative way. It’s like being an adult, but for kids. There’s even a currency that the children can use while they explore what it means to work and save! Bring your children here, and watch as they transform into adults — wait, not yet, that’s too fast!
10.) Snow Town (BTS Ekkamai)
Open: Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Snow Town is seriously a wonderful place for children to escape the heat and enter a world full of snow and wonder! Children can play in the different snow-themed zones, while the adults take a ski lesson if they wish. Think of that conversation back home. “How was Bangkok?” I learned to ski! There are plenty of eateries to visit after your snow adventure. Forget socks to keep warm? You can get them at Snow Town too. They’ve thought of everything!
It would be impossible to list all of the opportunities Bangkok contains for you and your family. There’s simply so much to choose from, depending on you and your families tastes! The best part about vacations is the ability to craft it and make it your own! So print this list out and keep it handy. Enjoy Bangkok, and decide what’s on your own list of the best Bangkok destinations for you, your kids, and the entire family!
This article is part of our popular series, Place To Go With Kids!