Many travellers across Thailand decide to spend at least a few days in Bangkok, its capital city. The Thai people also call it the city of angels. The city is home to over 15 million inhabitants who spend their days commuting and working. It also has quite a few spots where smaller and older kids can have fun and learn about the Thai culture.

Accommodation: We decided for the Nasa Vegas hotel, following our friends’ recommendations, who visited Thailand one month before us. The hotel is simple and clean, and in the vicinity of the railway station that leads from the airport.

The cost of a one night stay in a double room, breakfast not included, is 18 EUR.

TOP 5 of Bangkok, Thailand:

1. Stroller riding and raving through the Lumpini park

In the midst of the chaotic city life, you will find a green oasis – the best playground in Bangkok. If you go there early, you can watch the locals practicing Thai Chi or calmly enjoying a game of Chess. There are quite a lot of animals you can watch, including monitor lizards walking freely through the park, turtles and a great deal of crows. The park also has a pond where your little one can go on a pedal boat and sail among swans and ducks. It also has a large, diverse playground. Everything parents and children need in extreme heat and high humidity.

If you plan on spending more than three hours in the park, we recommend you bring lunch and drinks with you. At the park entrances you will find kiosks selling water (at reasonable prices) and salty snacks.

  • Recommendable time of visit: from 2 hours to an entire day
  • Entrance fee: free entrance
The park is huge and versatile, so you can spend an entire day here (Bangkok, Thailand) Source: forevergaming.co.uk

The park is huge and versatile (Bangkok, Thailand) Source: forevergaming.co.uk

The main entrance to the Lumpini park with the statue of King Rama (Bangkok, Thailand)

The main entrance to the Lumpini park with the statue of King Rama (Bangkok, Thailand)

Afternoon Aerobics class with two energetic instructors. Anyone can join for a symbolic fee (Bangkok, Thailand)

Afternoon Aerobics class. where you can join for a symbolic fee (Bangkok, Thailand)

A stroll through the park with a playground awaiting us at the end (Bangkok, Thailand)

Playground awaiting us at the end (Bangkok, Thailand)

2. The Grand Palace and its temples

The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s most magnificent landmark where you can also see the famous Emerald Buddha. The temple that houses the Buddha is said to be one of the most important temples in Thailand. The easiest and fastest way to access The Grand Palace is by taking the tourist boat on the river Chao Phraya. The landmark is certainly one of the most visited places in Thailand, so expect a large crowd. We recommend you plan the visit with your kid early in the morning.

  • Recommendable time of visit: from two hours to half of a day
  • Entrance fee: 500 TBH (12,7 EUR)
At the Wat Phra Kaew Temple with the famous Emerald Buddha (taking photos of the Temple’s interior is forbidden) (Bangkok, Thailand)

At the Wat Phra Kaew Temple with the famous Emerald Buddha (Bangkok, Thailand)

In front of The Grand Palace (Bangkok, Thailand)

The Grand Palace (Bangkok, Thailand)

3. Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Wat Pho is known for having the longest reclining Buddha statue (shown in the state of nirvana) in the world. The kings were supposed to have built this temple for the purposes of education. Behind the Buddha are 108 bronze bowls where you can drop the coins you get at the entrance of the hall in exchange for money. The ritual is supposed to bring you good luck, but your money also goes towards helping the monks renovate and preserve the temple. Give the opportunity of throwing the coins to your kids, as they will certainly have a lot of fun doing it. There were a few kitties walking around the temple and we happily fed them, with the permission of the temple staff.

  • Recommendable time of visit: from one hour to half of the day
  • Entrance fee: 110 TBH (2,8 EUR)
The impressive Reclining Buddha is 46 metres long (Bangkok, Thailand)

The impressive Reclining Buddha is 46 metres long (Bangkok, Thailand)

By throwing a coin in each of the 108 bowls you make a donation to Buddha and the temple (Bangkok, Thailand)

Throwing a coin in each of the 108 bowls is always fun (Bangkok, Thailand)

In front of the Reclining Buddha Temple we fed some large fish swimming in the small pond. (Bangkok, Thailand)

In front of the Reclining Buddha Temple we fed some large fish swimming in the small pond. (Bangkok, Thailand)

4. Sightseeing in Bangkok with a tuk-tuk

Few have visited Bangkok and left out a ride with a tuk-tuk. Besides offering a wild ride and avoiding traffic jams, tuk-tuks are a great sightseeing experience for the whole family because you can see almost the whole city centre. Drivers offer taking you to several attractions and wait while you do the sightseeing. We chose the trail of Buddha’s temples since the most magnificent ones are gathered in Bangkok.

Warning: You can expect the driver trying to persuade you to take you to a special store where you can choose to buy something and he gets a provision for this. It is your call, if you decide to accept the offer. Such negotiations are often part of the bargaining process for the price of a drive in Bangkok.

  • Recommendable time of visit: from one hour to half of the day
  • Tuk-tuk fare: 100 TBH (2,5 EUR) for the whole trip
The whole family in a tuk-tuk, before the start of our trip following the Buddha trail (Bangkok, Thailand)

In a tuk-tuk (Bangkok, Thailand)

The stunning Benchamabophit Temple– built out of Italian marble (Bangkok, Thailand)

The stunning Benchamabophit Temple (Bangkok, Thailand)

In front of the 32 metres high Temple of the Standing Buddha (Bangkok, Thailand)

32 metres high Temple of the Standing Buddha (Bangkok, Thailand)

5. A boat ride on the Chao Phraya River and its canals

Take the tourist or public transport boat along the Chao Phraya, Thailand’s main river and its canals running through Bangkok, and see the city’s most famous attractions. This way you are also a part of the daily social events.

The Chao Phraya Express Boat has a local guide telling you all about the city’s landmarks. The boat ride has several stops located near the major attractions (China town, Memorial Bridge, The Grand Palace, Wat Po, etc.). Children usually enjoy the boat ride itself but they also learn something new about the city. You can access the Central pier (the boat’s starting point) by train (Skytrain).

Beside the tourist boat, you can also take the boat that is part of the public transportation service. This boat is more crowded, but cheaper.

It is possible to rent long-tail boats with your own personal driver.

  • Recommendable time of visit: the boat trip from the first to the last stop lasts one hour.
  • Fare: 40 TBH/person (1 EUR)
The tourist boat on the Chao Praya River (Bangkok, Thailand)

The tourist boat on the Chao Praya River (Bangkok, Thailand)

Long-tail boats will take you to the river’s canals where you will be able to see more of what’s happening in the city (Bangkok, Thailand)

Long-tail boats will take you to the river’s canals where you will be able to see more of what’s happening in the city (Bangkok, Thailand)

Parents should know about:

  • Strollers can be used anywhere in the city (trains, boats, hotels, etc.)
  • Extremely good train connections around the city (Skyliner), also the most comfortable if you are travelling with kids
  • If you have smaller kids, we recommend you bring food on your sightseeing trips
  • The locals are very happy seeing kids on the visit.
  • Accommodation providers usually do not have baby cots. In this case, book a double/twin bedroom (if your family has three members) if your child is not yet used to sleeping in his or her own bed.

The above descriptions are based on personal impressions and experiences gained while travelling with my family. For more information, please contact us at: hello@kidgoround.com

 

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