Bangkok with Kids

Updated: October 18, 2016

Essentials

The 17 Best Things to do with Kids in Bangkok

1. Siam Ocean World

Sharks in tank at Siam Ocean World in the basement of Siam Paragon mall.
Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium. Located one level below the huge food court in Siam Paragon mall. Reviews.

2. Museum of Siam

Museum of Siam in Bangkok
Recently refurbished and housed in a former palace. Great hands-on exhibits explore the history of Bangkok and Thailand. This is the best museum for kids in Bangkok. Reviews.

3. Best Market for Kids: Chatuchak Weekend Market

Bangkok's best market: Chatuchak for everything from clothes to electronics to shoes.
Huge, hot, and crowded – so be prepared. But lots of fun. Reviews.

4. Pantip Plaza for Electronics

Pantip Plaza is where to buy computers, laptops, cameras, iPhones, iPods, iPads, and cheap imitation electronics.
Every electronics device you can think of (from iPhones to laptops to cameras) can be found here. Reviews.

5. Khao San Road – Family Friendly (sort of)

Good for teens who want to shop: Khao San Road in Bangkok.
Khao San Road is the backpacker hangout for many travelers. But it has a very fun vibe and lots of places to shop for western goods that kids will find appealing. There is definitely drinking and partying but it gets going pretty late. Christmas and New Years are admittedly pretty crazy. Reviews.

6. The Best Mall for Kids: MBK

Bangkok's best mall for kids: MBK.
A huge mall that is cheaper and more kid-friendly than some of the other high-end malls in the area. Reviews.

7. Best Playground: Lumpini Park

A playground and monitor lizard in Lumphini Park near Siam Center in central Bangkok.
A great park for walking and boating. There’s a great playground here and monitor lizards scampering around. Reviews.

8. Boat Trips on the River and Canals

A boat on one of Bangkok's many canals and rivers.
Boat trips on both the canals that run through Bangkok and the larger river are a fun way to sea local life. The Chao Phraya Express is a scheduled boat that runs up and down the river. The Khlong Saen Saep Boat Service runs the canals in central Bangkok and is used primarily by commuting locals. For tours of the western canals in Thonburi where you can see local life as it’s lived near the water take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin and hire a long boat from Tha Sathon pier.

9. Siam Niramit

Siam Niramit traditonal dance and music performance near Bangkok.
A kid friendly Thai performance with song, dance, elaborate costumes, and animals. Reviews.

10. Best Floating Market: Amphawa

Amphawa floating market: a day trip from Bangkok by train or tour group.
One hour south of Bangkok by bus Amphawa is the most authentic floating market near Bangkok. Reviews.

11. Getting Caught in the Rain

Monsoon rain storm and flooding in Bangkok.
You will likely get caught in the rain. If it happens, just have fun.

12. Dusit Zoo

Elephant play area at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok.
Not the best zoo in the world but some interesting animals and a relaxing shaded park make it worth the taxi ride. Reviews.

13. Fun Food Courts at the Mega Malls

food-court-siamparagon-mall
All the malls have fun and interesting food courts but Siam Paragon’s is the best. An easy way to explore new foods in a familiar setting. Reviews.

14. Safari World (Animals & Aquarium)

Giraffes at Safari World amusement park near Bangkok.
Dolphin at Safari World aquarium.
An hour outside Bangkok. Lots of animals in a safari setting. Performances range from jumping dolphins to painting elephants. Very kid-friendly. Reviews.

15. Best Street Food: Soi 38 off Sukhumvit

The best street food in Bangkok: Soi 38.
Street food is everywhere in Bangkok but Soi 38 stands out as one of the best spots. Reviews.

16. Fun Dessert: Mango Sticky Rice with Coconut Cream

Thai mango sticky rice dessert.
One of the most kid-friendly desserts of all the Thai sweets. You can find this almost anywhere.

17. Asiatique Night Market

Asiatique night market on the river in Bangkok.
A cross between a night market and a mall. Lots of kid-friendly shops and food. Reviews.

18. Best Luxury Hotel for Families in Bangkok: The Anantara Siam

A great hotel for families
The Anantara Siam has a wonderful pool, great location for shopping, and large luxurious rooms. Not far away is the Holiday Inn Bangkok which offers great value, has a nice pool, large family rooms with bunk beds, and is even closer to Bangkok’s best malls.

19. Best Budget Hotel for Families in Bangkok: Viengtai Hotel

Kid-friendly Budget Hotel in Bangkok.
Viengtai is a great budget hotel near Khao San Raod with simple but large family rooms and a nice swimming pool and kids’ pool.

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