We all know Bangkok is chock-a-block with things to see and do, but did you know just how kid-friendly the city is and how much there is to keep kids happy? No, well read on and prepare to be surprised!
Kidzania Bangkok is a learning experience for children from 4 to 15 years old. The range of role play experiences is unique, with over 80 professions in 65 establishments to choose from eg doctor, dentist, Boeing 737 captain, fire fighter, TV news anchor, chef, auto mechanic, model, etc. Everything is very realistic, just smaller.
At 10,000sqm, Kidzania Bangkok is the largest indoor Kidzania in the world. It’s open 7 days a week and can accommodate up to 4,000 kids a day.
Where: 5th floor of Siam Paragon Shopping Mall, Rama I Road
Best way to get there: Take BTS sky train and get off at Siam station (Exit Siam Paragon).
The Escape Hunt Experience is an exciting, addictive and challenging educational experience for kids (from 7 years old) – and for adults, too! Play as a team of 2 – 5 players and choose from 3 unique mysteries set in 4 indoor rooms and 2 virtual rooms.
The Escape Hunt Experience is ranked Bangkok’s no.1 attraction on TripAdvisor. It opens 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 10am – 7pm.
Where: Basement level, Interchange 21 (Citibank) Building, Sukhumvit Road
Best way to get there: Take BTS sky train and get off at Asoke station (Exit 6) or take MRT underground train and get off at Sukhumvit station (Exit 2).
Art in Paradise Bangkok is a museum that exhibits interactive 3D/optical illusion arts. Visitors can take photos and touch the paintings. The photos will vary according to the pose, and facial expressions of individuals. It is composed of nine themes; each room tricks you into feeling as if you are part of the 3D paintings. For example, Aqua room makes you feel as though you are in an aquarium and the Safari room is full of different animals.
Where: 4th Floor, The Esplanade Shopping Mall, Ratchadapisek Road
Best way to get there: Take MRT underground train and get off at Thailand Cultural Centre station (Exit 3).
Museum of Siam is an interactive museum within an elegant neoclassical house where visitors can play games and discover the story of Thailand for themselves.
Where: Sanamchai Road, close to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Siam Ocean World is a large aquarium with seven different marine zones. Dive with the sharks, do the Ocean Walker, the Glass Bottom Boat adventure or have thrills in a 5D Cinema Xtreme.
Where: Basement level of Siam Paragon Shopping Mall, Rama I Road
Best way to get there: Take BTS Skytrain and get off at Siam station. (Exit Siam Paragon).
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is just like the other versions of the iconic wax museum around the world, with exhibits of models of Hollywood stars and other famous people you can touch, hug and play with.
Where: 6th Floor, Siam Discovery Centre, Rama I Road
Best way to get there: Take BTS Skytrain and get off at Siam station.
Then head to the great outdoors, for some unreal water action at Flowhouse Bangkok, which features flowboarding and bodyboarding on a simulated wave in the heart of Bangkok. There are activities for all ages and it’s a fabulous family day out, with food and drinks, shower and changing facilities.
Where: Sukhumvit Soi 26, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok
Safari World is Thailand’s greatest open zoo and leisure park and offers a great variety of entertainment for everyone, from an exciting safari drive, an intimate encounter with friendly dolphins or an exhilarating fast-paced action stunt spectacular. The Safari Park features hundreds of animals from all over the world. The Marine Park features a jungle cruise river ride, various daily shows, exhibits featuring white tigers, tropical rain forest aviary, crocodile garden and more.
Where: Ram Indra Soi 109, Ram Indra Road, Minburi district (outskirt of Bangkok)
Best way to get there: Take a taxi.
Dusit Zoo is home to over 1,500 animals including elephants, hippos, lions, tigers, rhinoceros and gibbons. Rent a paddleboat and paddle around the lake or simply relax in one of the restaurants by the lake.
Where: 71 Rama V Road, Dusit district.
Best way to get there: Take a taxi.
Day trips from Bangkok
Flight of the Gibbon is Asia’s #1 Zipline Canopy Tour with an adventure course over 3km in length., that let’s you “See the Jungle Through the Eyes of a Gibbon!”
Experience the beauty, magic and adventure of Thailand’s rainforest like never before! High in the treetops of a pristine national park, you’ll glide through the jungle canopy via 3 km of thrilling wire ziplines, scenic sky bridges and adrenaline-inducing abseils. This is the largest canopy zip-line tour in the world! Along the way, highly trained and safety-conscious Sky Rangers share their local knowledge of the rainforest flora and fauna that inhabit this ancient, biologically diverse wonderland.
It opens daily from 6am – 11pm.
Where: Next to Khao Kheow Open Safari, in Chonburi province, approximately 1hr drive to the east of Bangkok.
Best way to get there: For travellers who do not drive, to hire a car with a driver, spend half day here and the rest of the day at attractions in the area, like Pattaya.
Cartoon Network Amazone lets you splash out with all of your favourite Cartoon Network friends, including Ben 10 and his aliens, Adventure Time’s Finn and Jake, The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo and many more.
Where: Cartoon Network Amazone is located on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard in idyllic Bang Saray Bay, just a 20-minute drive from Pattaya City and 90 minutes from Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok) International Airport. It is approximately a two-hour drive from Bangkok.
Farm Chokchai Khao Yai started off as a cattle farm famous for its steak and fresh milk. Now it’s a farmstay accommodation with lots of environmentally friendly activities for kids and the whole family.
Where: In Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima province, approximately 1.5hr drive to the northeast of Bangkok.
Best way to get there: For travellers who do not drive, hire a car with a driver, spend half day at the farm and the rest of the day at attractions in Khao Yai National Park.
The Thai Village at Sam Pran Riverside has activities showcasing Thai tradition, culture and lifestyle. In the morning, visitors can take part in over ten arts and crafts workshops, like garland making, umbrella painting, fruit and vegetable carving, bamboo dancing and martial arts. In the afternoon, there is the Thai Village Cultural Show that highlights the Thai way of life and an elephant show.
Where: Samphran district, Nakhon Pathom province, approximately 1hr drive to the west of Bangkok.
Best way to get there: For travellers who do not drive, hire a car with a driver, spend half day at Suan Sam Pran and the rest of the day at attractions in the area.
Ancient City is set in 320 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on the outskirts of Bangkok, and is a showcase of Thailand’s heritage, its wonderful art, customs and culture.
Where: Bangpoo district, Samut Prakan province (less than an hour from downtown Bangkok).
Best way to get there: Take a taxi.
The floating markets are a fascinating way to spend some time in Thailand. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is in the Ratchaburi province, a two-hour drive from Bangkok and will give you a glimpse of local life as it was in the old days.
Another good floating market is in Amphawa district, about 70kms west of Bangkok.
Best way to get there: For travellers who do not drive, hire a car with a driver, spend half day at the floating market and the rest of the day at attractions in the area.