A few days in Bangkok with kids is fun! Anyway, Thailand is a very nice destination to go to with kids if you want to see a bit more of Asia and don’t have much experience in traveling yet. The people are super friendly, for tourists there are a huge number of facilities and, of course, the country is also beautiful with lots of variety. You can make a nice combination of beach, nature and culture during a trip to Thailand.
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Bangkok is the starting and ending point of the trip for most travelers. We ourselves have visited the city twice and really like it! In this blog, we list the best activities you can do in Bangkok with kids!
Bangkok with kids: sights not to be missed
If you are taking a trip to Bangkok with kids, there are some common sights that you must have seen when you visit the city. They may not be the sights that are immediately most suitable for kids, but try to incorporate some of them into your program.
#1 Grand Palace: this is Bangkok’s most famous building and is a huge complex to explore. It is also considered the old historic center of the city. When you visit this Grand Palace, you can visit the summer palace and also a number of shrines, such as Bangkok’s most important temple: the Wat Phra Kaeo and the city’s most sacred temple: the Emerald Buddha.
There are strict regulations regarding clothing for Thailand’s most sacred temple. Therefore, you cannot visit this temple with short skirts or shorts. Women should keep shoulders covered. However, there is an option to temporarily rent covering clothing. You can rent a guide at the complex. By the way, chances are you will be accosted around the palace by persons saying that the palace is still closed and whether you want to go on a boat ride. Don’t fall for it and just go straight to the palace.
#2 Wat Pho temple: this is one of Bangkok’s most famous temples and is known for its huge reclining Buddha. The Buddha is a whopping 46 meters long and 15 meters high and looks impressive. By the way, the whole temple looks beautiful with lots of colors and many beautiful statues. Besides this huge Buddha, the temple has a thousand other Buddhas for you to admire. Again, you must be neatly dressed and since this temple is crowded, the advice is to visit the temple as early in the day as possible.
#3 Wat Arun Temple: this is one of the most beautiful temples to visit in Bangkok with kids. This 82-meter-high temple has many decorations on the outside and you have a great view of Bangkok from the temple. As with the palace, the gardens surrounding the temple are well maintained, and there are also strict dress codes to visit the temple. Again, the knees and shoulders must be covered.
#4 Floating Market: We still think a visit to this market is a must see if you are visiting Bangkok with kids. Of course it’s fairly touristy, but it’s still fun to cruise this Damnoen Saduak market. You sit in a very small boat and pass all kinds of boats where they sell goodies.
Of course you should not buy anything, because everything is way too expensive, but enjoy the surroundings. For us, it has been several years since we have been there and the current online reviews are very poor. Most people report that it is far too expensive and far too touristy. So do some good research beforehand if you want to undertake this with your family!
Bangkok with kids: exploring the city
You can see the city of Bangkok with kids in several ways. We list a few ways below.
#5 Bike tour of the city: you can explore Bangkok city by bike with kids. The Dutch company BajaBikes organizes three-hour bike tours of the city led by an English-speaking guide. We think this is an excellent introduction to the city if you have just arrived.
We did this bike tour in Paris and really enjoyed it. For children, there are children’s bikes for children as young as five years old, and child seats are also available for children up to six years old. Because of this, kids can also join this bike ride just fine.
#6 Co van Kessel bicycle tour: there is a second Dutch organization in Bangkok that organizes bicycle tours of the city. With this company, you can choose from three- and five-hour bike tours, and with the five-hour bike tour, you will also take a boat for a ride. They indicate on these bike tours that it is suitable for kids ages five and up. Here you go with an English-speaking guide to precisely the lesser-known spots in Bangkok instead of the big sights!
#7 Hop on Hop off bus: It is also possible to explore Bangkok city by bus with kids. The world-famous red double-decker buses run different routes through the city and stop at the various sights in the city. You have several organizations that offer the bus tours and with all of them you can buy bus tickets for 24, 48 and 72 hours.
#8 Boat Ride Khlongs: Bangkok is sometimes called the Venice of the East, and you can take a boat ride through the city’s canals. People still live by the canals in the old district of Thonburi in a traditional way, giving it a huge contrast to the modern part of the city. The boats leave from Phra Arthit pier and most trips on the water take about an hour to an hour and a half.
Bangkok with kids: kids’ fun
You can do several other activities in Bangkok with kids that are a bit more kid-oriented. We list them briefly below.
#9 Sea Life Bangkok: Sea Life branches are all over the world and you can go here in Bangkok as well. It is quite a large aquarium and of course you can see many colored tropical fish, rays, turtles and sharks. With the latter, there is even (a paid) option to swim with it. For kids, Sea Life Bangkok also has a scavenger hunt they can do. The aquarium sits in the basement of a shopping center.
#10 Siam Amazing park: this amusement park located just outside the center of Bangkok consists of five different worlds. One of those worlds is Waterworld, which is the water park section. They have several slides here for both young and older kids. The other four worlds are Adventure World, Small World, Family World and Xtreme World. These worlds feature a variety of attractions for both young and older kids. You can have a great time here for a whole day at this amusement park in Bangkok with kids.
#11 Dream World amusement park: this is the second amusement park you can visit in Bangkok with kids. Also at this amusement park, they have attractions for both young and older kids. This is another great place to spend a whole day with the family!
#12 Pororo Aquapark: Located on the roof of the Central Plaza Mall, this water park is geared toward young kids. They have seven different slides here as well as a lazy river and a large water playground. You get a bracelet upon entry, which you can use to pay for everything in the pool. From the pool you have a nice view of Bangkok.
Bangkok with kids: other activities
We have a few more activities you can do in Bangkok with kids that didn’t really fit into the previous categories, but that we wanted to include in the list of activities. We briefly list them below!
#13 Childrens Discovery Museum: you can also go to a museum in Bangkok with kids, but really, you should go here mainly because of the water playground located near the museum. The museum is free to enter and also inside you have several things you can do but it is not that much. Many of the exhibits don’t do it, and you also read several reviews online about staff not being very friendly.
#14 Mahanakhan Skywalk: you can also see the city of Bangkok from a great height with kids. It is the highest observation deck in the city with a height of 314 meters and you have a 360-degree view of the city above. What’s fun to do here with kids is the Glass Tray experience, where your kids walk across a glass plate and they see the city beneath their feet. Also, kids as young as 1.20 meters tall can do some kind of simulator here with VR glasses, flying through the city or over the mountains.
#15 Khao San Road: this is perhaps Bangkok’s most touristy street to visit and we still think this is a really cool street. Ok, it has little to do with culture and there is plenty of partying in the street, but it is certainly nice to have a drink at one of the many terraces in the street. They also sell all kinds of weird t-shirts and other tourist trinkets on this street. We actually visited the street every evening to have a drink at the end of the day.
#16 Lumpini park: if you are looking for a nice city park to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city then this is a nice park to go to. The park contains a large playground for kids and the park is also well visited by locals who hike, bike and picnic here. In the middle of the park is a large pond, where you can rent boats and sail on the pond. In addition, you can spot various animals in the park such as different birds, squirrels and the impressive water dragon.
Where to stay in Bangkok with kids?
You can stay in Bangkok with kids just fine. There are plenty of accommodations that offer rooms for families with kids. However, you do obviously want to be in the center of this great city and obviously that the hotel is well rated from many reviews. We have listed the best options in each price range.
Budget hotel: YWCA Hotel Bangkok
Mid-range hotel: The Cotton Saladaeng Hotel
Luxury hotel: The Key Premier Hotel Sukhumvit Bangkok