Fun for the Family in Bangkok
Bangkok has everything you would imagine an exotic Asian destination to be. Bangkok deserves to be called “City of Angles” because it is nothing short of a paradise on Earth. Blessed with beautiful culture and arts, this riverside capital has traditional attractions that definitely can take you breath away. A family that tours together stays together. By participating together, family members are able to share personal experience, join tours as a group, and delight in reminiscing about the fun they had together.
Any time of the year, there are numerous tourist spots in Bangkok that are family-friendly. Many of these destinations aim to educate and delight children; and most of them reveal the many wonders of the natural world. Although some of these places are not in Central Bangkok, all of them are well worth a day trip and guarantee a fun excursion for the whole family.
Learn from Nature
No lesson is better than a real live experience. These well selected venues are laden with food for thought and great fun for kids to enjoy to the fullest.
Dusit Zoo, children love seeing and learning about animals, especially those that are big, scary, colorful, wild, and potentially dangerous! How about visiting the zoo in the city! A vast and lush area of Dusit Zoo is home to over 1,600. The zoo is located on Rama V Road, Dusit District. Opening hours: 8.00am-6.00pm, Admission: Adult 150 Baht, children 50 Baht, Getting there by bus No. 5, 18, 28, 70, 108, 510, 516.
Siam Ocean World, at this Southeast Asia's largest aquarium, there are 400 kinds of more than 30,000 aquatic creatures for you to view. And, if you happen to be there at 1pm or 2pm., you'll see how the sharks are fed. Take a walk through the breathtaking underwater tunnel and see dolphins, rays, colorful fish, and many others all around you! Siam Ocean World is on the opposite side of Siam Square at Siam Paragon (floor B1-B2). Opening hours: 9.00am-10.00pm, Admission: Adult 380 Baht, children 280 Baht, Getting there by bus No. 25, 501, 508, BTS Skytrain: Siam station.
Wachirabenchatat Park, under the “Family Park” concept, this 60-hectare wide park contains the tallest fountain in Thailand, over 30 species of birds, a bicycle service, children's swimming pool and playground. It is located on Kamphaeng Phet 3 Road near Chatuchak Weekend Market. Opening hours: 5.00am-9.00pm, Admission: Free, Getting there by bus No. 3, 8, 26, 28, 29, 39, 44, 59, 145, 509, 510, 512, 513, 517, BTS Skytrain: Mo Chit station, MRT Subway: Chatuchak Park station.
Snake Farm, at the Snake Farm, where serums are produced and kept for treatment purposes, you can see how they handle and feed snake. Situated in the Thai Red Cross Research Institute near Chulalongkorn Hospital on Rama IV Road, Pathumwan District, the Farm also offers shows of venom-milking and snake handing. Opening hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday-Friday, 8.30am-12am Saturday., Admission: 70 Baht, Getting there by bus No. 50, 507, BTS Skytrain: Sala Daeng station, MRT Subway: Si Lom station.
Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Not far from Chatuchak Park Subway Station, in the southeastern area of the Railway Garden is a picture-taking paradise: the Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Walk along the pathways where over 500 butterflies may appear at any given moment. See beautiful rockeries, shady ferns, wild flowers, and a cooling waterfall – the insect's natural habitat. Experience the magic! Opening hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Tuesday-Sunday, Admission: Free, Getting there by bus No. 3, 8, 26, 28, 29, 39, 44, 59, 145, 509, 510, 512, 513, 517, BTS Skytrain: Mo Chit station, MRT Subway: Chatuchak Park station.
Suan Luang Rama IX Park, constructed to commemorate King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th birthday with cooperation from Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Suan Luang Rama IX Foundation and other sectors, this 80-hectare park is considered the biggest park and botanical garden in Thailand. There are six zones of specially designed gardens such as the garden of the Great King and the water park. Other interesting things also await your pleasure, either herbal garden library, exhibitions. Opening hours: 6.00am-6.00pm, Admission: 10 Baht, Getting there by bus No. 133, 145, 207.
Enhance Kid's Knowledge & Creativity
Not only being a great source of knowledge, the following spots provide your children with a wide range of activities for exercising their imagination.
Lumphini Park Public Library, few people know about the existence of the Lumphini Park Public Library. Now on its 15th year of service, it is Thailand's first library, which contains over 30,000 books and offers an audio-visual educational service, a new digital literary programme, book exhibitions, promotions to encourage reading, and others. It lies inside Lumphini Park, on the north side of Rama IV Road, between Ratchadamri Road and Witthaya Roads. Getting there by bus No. 4, 14, 17, 46, 50, 115, 547, BTS Skytrain: Sala Daeng station, MRT Subway: Si lom station.
Soi Phranang Discovery Learning Public Library, nestled on Ratchawithi Road, near the victory Monument, this recently renovated library has more than 30,000 books. Building 1 offers magazines and newspapers, Internet service, academic books, novels, etc. Building 2 contains children's storybooks, cartoons, reference books, handbooks, etc. Opening hour: 8.30am-8.00pm Tuesday-Saturday, 9.00am-5.00pm Sunday and Public holidays (Soi Phranang Library, Ratchawithi Road). Getting there by bus No. 13, 36, 57, BTS Skytrain: Victory Monument station.
TK Park (Thailand Knowledge Park), if your children opt for “edutainment”, TK Park packs plenty of knowledge and fun for the kids. Nestled on the 8th floor of Central World Plaza on Ratchadamri Road, TK Park is a trendy interactive library stuffed with the latest magazines, books and plenty of online computers. Opening hours: 10.00am-8.00pm Tuesday-Sunday, Admission: 20 Baht (add 20 Baht per hour for Internet use and 1,000 Baht for withdraw materials), Getting there by bus No. 2, 13, 15, 25, 73, 77, 79, 159, 204, 501, 505, 508, BTS Skytrain: Chid Lom station.
Children's Discovery Museum, located in the northern edge of Chatuchak Weekend Market, this museum offers fun and divers ways of learning about human life, sciences, culture, society, nature and environment; with areas for exhibitions, meeting rooms, activities and alfresco recreation ground. Opening hours: 9.00am-5.00pm Tuesday-Friday, 10.00am-6.00pm Saturday-Sunday, Admission: Adult 120 Baht, children 100 Baht, Getting there by bus No. 38, 502, 503, 509, 517, 512, BTS Skytrain: Mo Chit station, MRT Subway: Kamphaeng Phet station.
Bangkok Planetarium & Scientific Museum, situated on Sukhumvit Road, next to the Eastern Bus Terminal, this unique museum contains information on galaxies, astrology and nature, as well as other aspects of life, through diverse multimedia and fun-filled activities. Opening hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Tuesday-Sunday, Admission: Adult 40 Baht, children 20 Baht, Getting there by bus No. 2, 25, 40, 48, 72, 98, BTS Skytrain: Ekkamai station.
Bangkok Youth Centre (Thai-Japan), the centre was given as a present by the Japanese Government to Thailand on a special occasion: Rattanakosin Bicentennial celebration. Among others, the centre has squash/badminton courts, and an Olympic size swimming pool. Training for Thai classical dance and Thai music are some of the activities offered to youths. It is located on Mitmaitri Road. Open Daily, Admission: Free (yet membership is required), Getting there by bus No. 13, 24, 54, 69, 92, 117, 201, 204.
Time for a Great Adventure
Siam Park, commonly called “Suan Siam” by Thai people, it is now the biggest water amusement park in Asia. Located on Seri Thai Road in Khannayao District, this water park features a full day of fun for the entire family. Experience a dip in the artificial sea, a breathtaking ride on the water park sliders as high as a 7-storey building, botanical garden and many exciting rides. Opening hours: 10.00am-6.00pm, Admission: Adult 200 Baht. Children 100 Baht (exclusive of games/ machines fairs), Getting there by bus No. 2, 25, 40, 48, 72, 98.
Safari World, have a close encounter with giraffes, zebras, camels, and other wild animals as you drive (Safari World's vehicle with a guide tour service also available) through the picturesque wilderness. It is located on Ram Intra Road Km,9. Opening hours: 9.00am-4.30pm Monday-Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm Saturday-Sunday, Admission: Adult 390 Baht, children 290 Baht, Getting there by bus No. 60, 71, 501 to Fashion Island then take a taxi to Safari World.
Dream World Park; A large scale amusement park within its beautifully decorated area, there are linked paths, pools, legendary castles, fun toys, and exciting playing machines. There are 4 worlds inside the parks including Dream World Plaza, Dream World Garden, Fantasy land and Adventure Land. Also, there their are shows and entertainment for your family such as the Hollywood action, the colors of the world, and the animals shows. Dream World, the excitement of the world like no other in Thailand. Located Vibhavadee - Rangsit Highway, Dream World is open daily from Open Daily 10:00 to 17:00. Admission is 450 Baht per person with children below 90 centimetres free of charge..
How to get there: Given the distance involved, and the fact that you are probably taking a child, a taxi is recommended. Although expensive, the savings in convenience entirely outweigh the cost. Even better, a number of hotels and travel agents organise tours to Dream World. If you count up all of the costs they often work out cheaper than going yourself and are well worth considering.
The following buses will get you there: Air-conditioned bus number: 523 (from the northern bus terminal) and 538 (from Victory Monument). It is possible to take some of the journey by train. Go to Don Muang train station departing Hualampong train station. When you arrive at Don Muang take air-conditioned bus number 538 to Dreamworld.
- Plan just one major activity a day.
- Keep some form identification in your child's pocket in case you are separated.
- Take along a bag with plenty of snacks and drinks.
- Bring hats and sunscreen for your toddler, some after-sun cream for mild sun burn & insect repellent.
- Avoid animals such as dogs, cats and monkeys to reduce the risk of bites.
written by Pushkar India, June 22, 2011