A constant buzz of traffic ran under tangled electricity wires that hung overhead as we walked through the the hectic streets of Bangkok. The city skyline changed from run down apartment blocks to modern day skyscrapers the closer we moved into the city centre. It’s easy to get swept away in the chaos and fast paced life in Bangkok, but hidden away in little corners are little pockets of calm and tranquility.
We’ve just spent three days in Bangkok with our two young children in tow and have found it a welcoming, interesting place to explore with young children.
We stayed: The Forum Hotel in Sathorn
We stayed in The Forum Hotel, which is in Sathon, a suburb about a ten minute drive from the centre of Bangkok. The rooms are spacious and clean, the staff welcoming and friendly and there is even a pool if you fancy having a day away from the hustle and bustle.
On our second night in Bangkok, Mr. C left his wallet which contained one of our bank cards and a credit card, in a taxi on the way to a night market. In a panic we rushed back to the hotel, where the staff were incredibly helpful trying to locate the taxi while we rushed about cancelling our cards. Thankfully we cancelled the cards before anything was spent on thm, but it meant we had missed dinner and everyone was getting a bit grouchy. The hotel staff then and rustled up some thai food to send to our room, even though the kitchen was closing down.
There was a lot of time between our check out and our flight to Chiang Mai on our third day in the city, so the staff let us mooch about for the day before getting us a really good deal with a taxi driver for our airport run.
What to do in Bangkok with young children
Day 1: Lumpini Park
Lumpini Park is a great place to visit with children. There are vast green areas, many lakes that you can take a boat or swan shaped pedalo on and various different play areas. There is even an area filled of mechanical dinosaurs and a fossil digging area for children to play in.
Lumpini Park is about a 10 minute walk from from Patpong Night Market, so after a busy day of exploring the park, you could head over there for some of the fantastic street food.
While we were in Bangkok the Tourism Festival was on in Lumpini Park, so there were hundreds of stalls selling everything from jewellery and flowers to coconut drinks and food. In the evening, the place came to life with lights twinkling overhead, music playing in different locations and traditional dances taking place on various stages set up around the park.
Day 2: Siam Centre and Kidzania
The Siam Centre is an enormous, bustling shopping centre. We took a trip there, had a wander through trying different food venues and ending our day at Kidzania.
Kidzania is a wonderful mini world created for children. On entry you find yourself stood in the middle of an indoor street, lined with things like; photography studios, supermarkets, news stations, music shops, theatres, a milk factory, a veterinary surgery and beauty salons. Children can decide what they would like to be and can either pay for experiences such as mucis classes or to do their weekly food shop or they can opt to work for more money by being things like a dentist, a courier or a vet.
It is a little on the pricey side, but is such a great place to visit with children and definitely worth adding to the itinerary if visiting Bangkok with children aged 3 year and older.
Day 3: Moving onto our next destination
For our final day we mooched around the hotel and coffee shops before heading out of the city to catch our flight to our next destination.
Visiting Bangkok with young children
The hustle and bustle of Bangkok can be incredibly overwhelming, especially for young children. We found it to be really beneficial to stop off regularly at quieter cafes, play areas and take trips back to the hotel to wind down and recuperate during the day.
The people are incredibly friendly and have been fascinated by the boys, asking to take their pictures, stroking their hair and grabbing their cheeks. It can be a bit much for young children, so we have told them they are shy, which is generally understood and respected.
Thai families we have come across have been incredibly welcoming, offering us to sit with them for food during the Tourism festival and offering the boys cold drinks and fans.
We’ve really loved our time in Bangkok, but we’re now ready to head to the quieter, calmer northern Thailand.
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