We love Bangkok and have visited it several times over the years. Partly because it was the cheapest flight from Muscat where we lived, and partly because there is so much to do there with kids. Read below our guide about things to do in Bangkok with kids.
SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World is one of our great favourites. It includes the largest Aquarium in South East Asia – with five million litres of water and four hundred different animal species. There is a transparent underwater tunnel, an “Open Ocean” with sharks and a petting pond where you can reach in and feel starfish and sea cucumbers. Not your taste? My kids loved this – it was their favourite place of all.
Madame Tussaud’s Museum
Madame Tussaud’s is located in Siam Discovery Mall – a five-minute walk from Siam Paragon. Known for its waxworks of famous people, what makes this place great fun for us is the way it encourages you to have mock-up interactions with the stars. Or you can enter a scene playing sports with real-life sportsmen and women. There are lots of Madame Tussauds worldwide and they each have different characters on display. Here in Bangkok, you can sing a duet with Taylor Swift or Katy Perry, meet the Queen of the United Kingdom or take a selfie with Brad Pitt. Our kids love hamming it up and making silly expressions for the camera in these kinds of scenes.
Location Siam Discovery
Kidzania is an indoor playground themed as a city run by kids, where children from 4 to 14 can roleplay in one of 80 different jobs and earn (and spend) a salary in the local currency of KidZos. For example kids can be a pilot, policeman, fireman, doctor, or they can work in a ketchup factory.
Our girls love role-playing games and wanted to stay there the whole day. It is also a real learning opportunity – Zoe chose to be a pilot and Tania a flight attendant for part of their time there. They discovered that the pilot had a shorter shift but earned more money.
Location: 5th floor of Siam Paragon – inside the same mall as Sea Life and the Kinokuniya Bookshop
BTS station: Siam
Opening Hours: Weekdays 10.00 – 17.00, Weekend and Holidays 10.30 – 20.30
Kinokuniya Bangkok – The Best Bookshop Ever
We were familiar with Kinokuniya from when we used to like in Dubai – we all love books and they have everything there. Within moments, the girls will be rediscovering old familiar favourites and then snuggling down on the carpet immersed in some new find. I prefer to collect a few titles and then browse through them over a coffee. It’s a really family friendly place. The bookshop is located in the same shopping mall as Kidzania so I spent extra time there while the twins were earning their Kidzos.
Art In Paradise
Art in Paradise is a gallery of awesome 3D trompe l’oeil paintings. Again like Madame Tussauds, it is designed for the selfie/Instagram age. Here you can take pictures of yourself and your family suspended in space, or floating underwater, looking like giants and midgets in a false perspective room or interacting with monsters. You can even download an app which will animate your selfies. It is great fun for both adults and kids. And the visit will leave you with a phone-full of great images. There are several of these galleries in the Far East and they always raise a laugh mixed with admiration for the imagination of the geometrical design of the pictures.
Location: Esplanade Shopping Mall
There is a Metro (MRT) Station in the adjacent Thailand Cultural Centre
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Prices ฿290 ($9.00) for adults, ฿150 ($5) for children
Our girls discovered trampolines on holiday in Poland when they were three. They instantly loved them then and the thrill hasn’t gone away yet . . .we were all jumping for an hour which was enough to wear us all out – but if you want more, then the second hour is discounted.
There are two locations for “Bounce Thailand” in Bangkok and both also have climbing walls – there are (of course ) combo tickets available.
Bounce inc Thailand – The Street location
It’s a ten-minute walk from Metro (MRT) Station in the Thailand Cultural Centre
Bounce inc Thailand – EmQuartier location
This one is in the EmQuartier Mall, a twenty-minute walk from the Sukumvit Metro (MRT) Station
Both centres are open daily from 10:00 to 22:00
Typical prices for one hour: Adults ฿490 ($16), kids and students ฿390 ($12)
Check the websites for combo and family discounts and also requirements for footwear.
Children’s Discovery Museum
We only found this place on our fourth visit to Bangkok. The Children’s Discovery Museum is located very close to Chatuchak Weekend Market so you can combine both visits. We visited the Museum on Friday afternoon, and then we went on to explore the market in the evening.
The place is designed around the concept of learning by finding out for yourself, so you can design, build and demolish parts of a city or excavate a dinosaur fossil. Some parts feel a bit worn and in need of maintenance, but still, my girls loved it. The dinosaur displays and the outdoor playgrounds are awesome. There is also a small water park so if it’s hot, bring a towel and swimming costumes (or a change of dry clothes) for the kids.
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 16:00
Price : Free
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Market is one of the biggest open markets in the world. Despite its name, some parts are open every day except Monday. Generally, it closes at 6 pm except for Fridays when it opens only in the evening until midnight. At the weekend it’s very busy with up to 15,000 stalls and an estimated 200,000 visitors a day. Different parts of the market are zoned for different types of goods, and it’s said that everything s available to buy somewhere here.
We visited the Friday evening market after our time in the Children’s Discovery Museum which was a good time – not too busy. If visiting during the day, it’s best to avoid the heat and the crowds by coming in the mornings. This is all good for a random browse to soak up the atmosphere, however, if you really want to shop here for mementoes or gifts, then you should allow several hours to cover a reasonable proportion of the vast variety on offer.
Location – the market is here
The nearest station is Mo Chit which is on both the BTS and the MRT lines
Opening times are:
Monday – closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: daytime: 07:00 – 18:00
Friday closed during the day. Evenings: 18;00 to 24:00
Saturday, Sunday: 09:00 – 18:00
Safari world was another one of our favourite things to do with children in Bangkok. There are lots of shows, so it’s worth arriving early. We thought the best of the best were the elephant and dolphin shows. Another favourite activity for the girls was feeding giraffes with bananas. We spent the whole day there. The time flew and we didn’t have enough of it to see everything.. We didn’t check the Marine Park at all for example.
Safari World is located here on outskirts of Bangkok – from Siam BTS it was a 40-minute drive by taxi but it was worth the trip.
Safari Park Opening Hours:
Daily 09:00 – 16:30 except on Saturday and Sunday it closes at 17:00,
Price: Adults ฿400 ($13) Children ฿300 ($10)
Snake Farm in Bangkok
Our girls love Bangkok’s Snake Farm so much that we have been there three times. It is worth timing your visit to include the shows. Venom Extraction is shown daily at 11:00 and the Snake-Handling Show is daily 14:30. On weekend and holidays there is just the Snake Handling Show at 11:00
The Snake Farm is located within Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute one block away from Lumphini Park
Weekdays 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Weekdays and holidays 9:30 am – 1pm
Prices: ฿ 200 ($6) Adults, ฿50 ($3) Children
This is a great place for kids to run free and play on the swings. But even more, for us it was the perfect place to spot enormous Monitor Lizards who run free in the grounds. It is quite close to the Snake Farm, so we would combine a visit.
Lumphini Park is open daily from 04:30 am till 21:00.
Entrance is free.
Saranrom Park is a good place to have a rest after visiting the Grand Palace or Wat Pho. Its ideal to escape from the sun in the shade of trees, while children can play or feed fishes in the pond. You can buy fish food from the lady at the gate. A big bag costs 10 Baht. This kept the girls entertained for long enough for me to relax away from the everyday Bangkok chaos
The Jim Thompson House
Read our full review of the Jim Thompson House here
It is one of our favourite places in Bangkok, both for the adults and the kids in our family. There is a beautiful house filled with treasures to explore, a wonderful garden to run around in, a silk shop, demonstrations on the craft of making, spinning and dyeing silk, a cafe and restaurant, and the fascinating tale of the man himself.
The house is here on Google Maps
It is a 15-minute walk from the Siam Paragon Mall (Sea Life, Kidzania, Kinokuniya)
The nearest BTS Sky Train Station to the Jim Thompson House is National Stadium (Exit Nº1 ) on the Silom Line.
Opening Hours: every day from 09:00 – 18:00
Access to the house is only by guided tour. Shoes and cameras are left at the counter in the open yard as you enter the house proper.
Prices: Entrance to the house and gardens: ฿200 ($6) for Adults
Young visitors 10-22yrs: ฿100 ($3)
Children under 10 years, free when accompanied by an adult.
Siam Park City – Adventure Water Park.
Fancy playing in the biggest water park in Asia? Then visit Siam Park City with the tallest artificial wave and wave pool in the world.
The Water Park has a range of zones and attractions for everyone including even a Spa for mums whose idea of heaven is not speeding down a crazy water slide. One of the most family-friendly places is the Siam Lagoon – a complex of different slides and pools for all ages.
The Adventure Park has 4 zones
- X-zone – with the type of attraction which make me dizzy even just looking at them.
- Fantasy world zone – more gentle rides
- Family zone – great fun for all the family and dino lovers
- Small world – gentle rides, and playground suitable for very little people
It is located close to Suvarnabhumi Airport here on Google maps, so it could be an ideal place to visit when you have a long layover between flights through Thailand and don’t want to go into Bangkok itself.
Siam Park City is open daily from 10:00 am until 18:00.
As with most places in Bangkok, it’s best to buy tickets online before going to take advantage of discounts and offers.
Anyone above 130 cm high – ฿ 900 ($28)
Kids below 130 cm – ฿750 ($24)
There are a few floating markets around Bangkok. The closest one to the city centre, Khlong Lad Mayom Floating Market (here on Google Maps) is open only at the weekend. It’s best to come early to rent a boat for about ฿100 ($3) and explore endless opportunities to try fresh fruit and other local food by buying it straight from the vendor’s boat.
Our advice is to try different ones. Our favourite floating market was Damnoen Saduak which is farther away (Googe Map Location), though the long ride to get there worth the time.
Look for graffiti
We didn’t plan to look for graffiti in Bangkok but when we found a few cool ones, we started to collect them.
click here if you want to find more street art in Bangkok
Temples and Palaces to visit in Bangkok with Kids
If you go temple-cruising remember you may have to follow dress codes. The basic minimum is for both sexes to cover your shoulders and knees, but out of respect even for those sites which don’t demand strict adherence, it is best for men to wear a long sleeve shirt and long trousers and for women to cover their arms and carry a sarong in case it is required to cover your ankles. Other cultural considerations are not to wear torn, ripped or transparent clothing, not to wear skin-tight (eg lycra) clothing, and not to sit down on the raised thresholds of doorways. Dress code rules don’t apply to children.
Temple of the Dawn – Wat Arun is different from the other temples in Bangkok. It is white with colourful decorations and probably its defining point for the visitor are all the steep steps surrounding the main stupa. You can climb these, and they aren’t as steep as they look.
Wat Arun is located here on the river bank – opposite Wat Pho. You can get to it by ferry (shuttle boat) which is fun too. The ferry costs just ฿3 (ten cents/pence)
Wat Arun Temple is open from 08:30 to 17:30
Entry cost ฿100 ($3). In the evening you can admire the temple with its beautiful lights from the water.
The temple of reclining Buddha. Wat Pho Temple is famous for its 42m long very impressive reclining Buddha. The corridor around the Buddha has 108 bronze bowls representing his auspicious characteristics. People believe that putting donations to the bowls brings wealth and prosperity. Our girls enjoyed putting my money in and then asked if they could take some out for themselves(!)
More Temples in Bangkok
There are other temples too. The nice thing about Bangkok temples is they are all quite different with their individual characteristics. Probably our next favourite was the Golden Buddah temple. The Golden Buddha Temple Location
Bangkok Grand Palace
The Grand Palace was an official residence of Kings of Siam from 1782 until 1925 and part of the Grand Palace is still working as the Royal Office. The other two million square feet of the complex are open to the public.
The Grand Palace is a network of buildings, beautiful courtyards and gardens. You can easily spend a day here and still not see everything.
We loved it even though it was very hot and busy when we visited in April, so depending on the season it’s a good idea to take lots of water with you. Dress code is strict so cover your arms and ankles (or you can rent sarongs at the gate)
Location: Here on Google Maps
The Grand Palace Opening Hours:
Daily 08:30 – 16:30 (last entry one hour before closing)
Price : Tickets cost ฿ 500 ($16) – kids go free
How to Get About in Bangkok with Kids
Taxis are probably the easiest way to commute through Bangkok if you travel with kids. Easy to spot and stop (unless you need them in rush hour), and most have air conditioning – at least the new ones do. Sometimes you need to persuade the driver to use the meter, and for longer journeys, he may refuse, so it’s worth having an idea of how much you want to pay.
BTS is not the cheapest Metro Service but it beats the Bangkok street traffic. A single fare would typically be ฿ 16 to 60 ($0.50 to $2). A one day pass costs ฿ 140 ($4.50) Children up 90 cm high travel free, above that and they pay the adult fare.
River Boats and Ferries in Bangkok
the most exciting way to travel in Bangkok are boats. If your hotel is close to the river, you should check the river boat schedule. There are several options.
Regular boats (no flag) – These stop at every pier – tickets are ฿ 10 to 20 payable on the boat.
Express boats – three types
- orange flags – stopping only at main piers – ticket price ฿15
- yellow flag – runs only during rush hours – ticket price ฿ 20 to 29
- green flag – runs only during rush hours – tickets ฿13 to 22
Tourist boats (blue flag on the boat) – stopping at piers at request – price ฿ 40 ($1) the trip or ฿100 ($3) for a day pass.
Shuttle boats – like boat crossing to Wat Arun
Hotel shuttle boats – some hotels have their own shuttle boat which can get you across the river.
Have a Ride in a Tuk-tuk
Tuk-tuks are more expensive than Taxis, especially if you are a foreigner. They don’t have meters, so the price depends on your haggling skills. Even, so they are fun and you should take a tuk-tuk ride for the experience.
Food to Try in Bangkok with Kids
Bangkok is such a good place to try different yummy food. Street food is the best. Just don’t hesitate and try everything. Most of the stuff which doesn’t look like baking is both gluten free and dairy free so if you have such issues you don’t have to worry about it and can order without hesitation, though be careful with Soy sauce – it’s generally with gluten but you can opt for food without. If you have a Peanut allergy – be careful there are lots of peanuts in Thai food.
Sticky Rice and Meat Skewers
The cheapest thing to buy – one of my girls favourite food. It cost only ฿5 a skewer and it is sold everywhere. A couple of these for ฿10 (30 cents/pence) and you have a cheap meal for a happy child.
A bit of a treat – rice cooked in coconut milk with ripe mango pieces and with extra coconut milk and sugar sauce. All extremely delicious and yummy – Price on average from ฿ 60 ($2)
Our favourite – Coconuts are sold everywhere they are cut open right in front of you – This really is the best way to quench your thirst. I feel guilty every time I use disposable plastic straws, so we carry our own reusable bamboo straws which we bought in Pho Quoc.
Conclusion – Bangkok with Kids
Yup it’s a great place for my kids and an easy place for us to entertain them, feed them and look after them. If you want more inspiration to visit Bangkok have a look at 3 days Bangkok itinerary.
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Do check out our other posts including our Post on the Jim Thompson House.
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