Family Trip to Bangkok
More specifically Family Vacation in Bangkok in Part 1 of this series and Pattaya later. You might say, “I understand Family vacation in Bangkok but Pattaya?” Well, hold your horses a little while longer, while we let the cats out of the bag. Here we talk of Family holidays in Bangkok where we look at things kids can do in Bangkok.
Thailand has always been and will always be one of the most important and frequented destinations for Indian tourists since ages. Its proximity to India, affordability and shopping options from street side to the huge branded stores, much like in India, provides the comfort of home away from home. Many among these a-million-and-a-half Indians along with 35+ million tourists from other parts of the world, are families with kids in tow. 🙂
So this time our compilation of things to do is solely aimed at family vacation in Bangkok and Pattaya & nearby places. There are many other activities for family and children, young and old, to do in Bangkok but as always, these writings are based on my experiences or at least visiting them and are indicative how much fun can a family holiday be in Bangkok.
Please note that the prices indicated are ticket price for foreigners.
Family Vacation in Bangkok With Kids
We entered one of the largest malls of Bangkok. I am sure there is a question in your mind, “why a mall, first of all”? While shopping is one of the biggest pastimes of tourists and Thai people, my reasons for entering the mall was entirely fishy! 🙂
Sea life Bangkok Ocean World
We went down the stairs into the largest aquarium in South East Asia (10,000+ SqM)! The aquarium is divided into over sections based on a theme or type of exhibits.
While there are the mandatory colorful fishes, the huge spider crab caught my attentions as its many legs seemed to tell me “come into parlor, we will have fun”. 🙂
Shark walk was another deadly place where the walkway is made of glass and underneath were some of the largest sharks. It was quite safe though. Had the glass cracked, I would not be telling this tale. 🙂
Other highlights were the Penguins, Sting Rays, Coral reef, a long glass tunnel which gave a feeling of walking among the fishes and many more.
Location: Siam Paragon
Opening hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM – Last entry 8:00PM
Tickets: Adult THB 990, Children (3-11 years) – THB 790. 10% discount for booking online
How to reach: BTS Siam Station is the closest.
Time required: About 1 to 3 hours depending on crowd and your interests.
Tips: Book online to get discounts and also look for combo tickets to give you better value for money. Go early or on week days to avoid crowds
In the same premises is Kidzania. This is a novel space for children where they are encouraged to learn their favorite profession they want to do when they grow up, like a fireman, a banker or a doctor or any of those glamorous professions or even a chef. They learn by role play and actually doing things the way the adult-professional would do. Both their physical and mental capacities are benefited by these activities.
Location: Siam Paragon
Opening hours: 10:00AM to 5:00PM, Sat and Sun – 10:30AM to 5:30PM
Tickets: Weekdays – Adult THB 600, Children – THB 1000. On Weekends Adult THB 720, Children – THB 1200. Please note kids pay more!
How to reach: BTS Siam Station is the closest.
Time required: About 2 hours or more depending on crowd and getting your kid out of the place 🙂
Tips: Go early or on week days to avoid crowds
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
In the adjacent Siam Discovery Complex, is the world-famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Bangkok edition. In fact, the two properties are connected internally and seems like one.
The usual suspects such as, Amitabh Bachchan, Obama, several sports, Hollywood and political figures are present. I was surprised at one of the latest entries, that of Prabhas, who is known to the world as Baahubali! That is the impact of Indian Cinema.
The time flies when you start taking selfies with your favorite heroes and characters.
One of the highlights for me was the 4D show Ice Age No Time for Nuts, where we were snowed down, drenched, shaken and stirred in our seats in sync with the escapades of Scrat, the squirrel’s adventures and it felt as if we were in the movie.
Location: Siam Discovery
Opening hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM – Last entry 8:00PM
Tickets: Adult THB 990, Children (3-11 years) – THB 790. Booking online is just THB645. Many combos are available. Please check the website for details
How to reach: BTS Siam Station is the closest.
Time required: About 1 to 3 hours depending on crowd and time required for photographing.
Tips: Book online to get discounts and also look for combo tickets with Ocean World to give you better value for money. Go early or on week days to avoid crowds
Amped Trampoline Park
It is a huge place with lots of trampolines. 52 interconnected trampolines, in fact. The walls are padded and some of the trampolines are at an angle to give that additional spurt of Adrenalin.
There are also climbing walls and other activities varying in difficulty levels. There are designated times for children too.
Location: Chavanich, Bangkok
Opening hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Tickets: weekday 399 THB unlimited or 230 per hour, 120 subsequent hours. Weekend THB 499 unlimited or 290 per hour , 150 for subsequent hours. Check the website for latest information
How to reach: BTS Phra Kanong station
Time required: About 1 hour or more depending on interest.
Tips: If you are intending to be there for 3 hours or more go for the unlimited jumps. Please take your own grip socks which is mandatory otherwise you may buy there for 80 THB.
Shopping & Night Markets
For many families shopping is indeed a favorite pastime, especially for the lady-members. Bangkok and of course rest of Thailand, is known for shopping.
I would like to categorize them as follows
- Big brands: There are huge malls in the vicinity of Siam area of Bangkok, where the retail outlets for likes of international brands Jimmy Choo, Versace and Prada may be found. They are shops with no price tags. Some of these malls are Siam Center, Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery, The Emquartier et al
- Shop like the locals do: They are again classified as malls or markets (like Chatuchak market) and have smaller shops. I club the malls and markets together because they sell more less the same stuff but the street markets could be a mite cheaper. Most of them sell local branded items. At any time in these malls and markets there may be a million (!) or more people. (I am exaggerating, but you get the picture!) Such is the ambience at the shopping-crazy Bangkok. E.g. MBK Center, Platinum Fashion Mall, Indra Square, Pratunam street market, Chatuchak weekend market and several others
- Shop when malls close at the night markets: After a day of arduous sightseeing I spent a leisurely hour among the street vendors of Palladium night market, soaking in the atmosphere and not particularly wanting to buy anything. Palladium night market is just on the sidewalks of Palladium mall. This is just one. There are night markets galore in Bangkok. These are essentially street markets selling apparel, local handicrafts, footwear, titbits, souvenirs and snacks etc. and are mainly aimed at the tourists. TALAD Neon, Silom, Patpong, Pathuwan, Palladium are a few of them. Expect a thronging crowd on any evening and be extremely careful of your belongings.
Other activities in Bangkok
There are myriad other activities to do in Bangkok like cruises, Art in Paradise Trick Eye Museum, adventure games and ice skating and snow town too. Believe us, there are some fabulous things to do in Bangkok. The purpose here was to just to kindle your interest for a wholesome family fun in Thailand.
Day trips from Bangkok
There are several interesting day trips from Bangkok. I had the opportunity to visit some really interesting ones. Something I have never seen before.
Damneon Saduak Floating Market:
Generally the words “floating market” conjures up images, in my mind’s eye, of boats carrying stuff moored just off the banks of rivers and lakes, and buyers buying whatever stuff they wanted from the shore itself. At least that’s what I have seen in the past.
Damnoen Saduak floating market, 94km from Bangkok, is quite different. Firstly, I got into a long tail motor boat and for the first few 100 metres, there were shops on the shore along the water front! The buyers were actually floating and the shops were on stilts. When we got into thick of happenings, it was chaotic. Everyone was everywhere. I mean there were shops on the side, shops on the boat, people everywhere but fortunately no one was inside the water. It was an awesome experience, to say the least. Wait for a complete article on this.
Mae Klong Railway Market:
This is another market not to be missed. It looks like any other market with small shops, with their awnings fully drawn out to protect shoppers from harsh sun. There are hundreds of such shops on both sides of a 3 metres pathway.
So what is strange about it? You may ask. Only difference is that the “PathWay” was actually the “RailWay” tracks. Every so often a passenger train comes, announcements are made, awnings are drawn back the people go helter-skelter to safety. It is a sight to behold!
Tips: The train schedules on April 2018 is as follows.
Train arrives at 8:30AM into Mae Klong Station, ejects its passengers, swallows a new lot and undertakes the return journey at 9:00AM.
Then again at 11:00AM, the show(!) is repeated. It could get very crowded, mostly because of tourists.
Reach 10 minutes before at least to get a vantage position. There are probably earlier trains but the market is not open so isn’t worth the visit. Please also note although it is quite safe when the train passes you at 30 cm from your nose, it is better to stay still and not indulge in Selfie movements. 😀
More tips: It is easy to cover both the floating market and the Mae Klong railway market in a single trip as they are only 20km from each other. Timing is everything!
Ayutthaya, Capital of Ayutthaya Kingdom or Siam
Read in details about and how to plan your day trip to Ayutthaya.
Ayutthaya is a 14th century capital city of the kingdom of Ayutthaya or Ayudhya, founded by Somdet Phra Ramathibodi I. The city was name Ayutthaya after the Indian city of Ayodhya associated with Hindu God Rama. It shows the extent of Hindu influence in that period.
For history buffs interested in old Thai culture and older temples, some of which are in ruins, this is a must. I still think it qualifies as a family destination, because of the culture & historical value spread over 400 years. Later the capital shifted to Bangkok and the kingdom was called Siam Thailand.
Location: Ayutthaya is 80km North of Bangkok.
Opening hours: 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Tickets: THB 50 for foreigners at each and every temple.
How to reach: Hire a cab or Take a train, or take a bus. Many important Buddhist temples are scattered around the city. Best would be to negotiate a price with a tuktuk to take you around. Or better still get a guided tour right from Bangkok.
Time required: About 3 hours or more depending on interest
Tips: Drink lot of water, carry snacks, wear a hat and apply sun block generously.
Please wait for the second part of Family Trip to Thailand, where we will take you on a journey in and around Pattaya. Trust me, it is a family vacation!
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Good to see a different aspect of Bangkok and what there is to do for families with kids. We see many posts about Bangkok from UK backpackers so it was good to read about Bangkok from a different perspective.
Thanks Marcus and Mel.
I’m not much for visiting malls when I travel but I would definitely be tempted by that aquarium, especially if they had penguins! Um much more interested in the history at Ayutthaya, I love the reclining buddha and Wat Chai Wantanaram.
Neither are we. It was only for the Aquarium. 🙂 . I am sure you would love it in #AmazingThailand.
Thailand has been on my list for a long time and cant wait to get out there. I think my daughter will be coming when she is a little older so she would love the beaches but if we in Bangkok, Sea life Bangkok Ocean World is the place to be. Its been a long time since I been in one of these places and would love to check out the fishes and educate my girl.
Thanks Daniels. Thailand is absolutely wonderful place for all ages. I am sure your daughter would love Kidzania too, if she is old enough.
So what did your kids enjoy most? There’s a similar ‘fishy’ affair in the Mall in Dubai – I know it seemed like a real draw for the kids. Personally, I’m fascinated by MAe Klong Railway Market and by the floating markets.
Thanks Fiona. Mae Klong railway is something quite incredible. With all the crowd milling around, there are hardly any accidents.
i;ve been to Thailand seveeral times and I haven’t made it to the floating market or Ayuthaya. That’s still definitely part of my plans. I am also interested to know about the market near the train station. I really think that Thailand is very friendly for family vacations. Our last trip—- we went to Kanchanaburi. I loved it too.
Thanks Karla. I agree that Thailand is very tourist friendly country. Looks like another trip to Thailand is due for you 🙂 🙂
You are right that family vacation in Bangkok springs more to the mind than family vacation in Pattaya! For Bangkok, you really found a lot of family-friendly attractions, from Wax Museu, to Trampoline Park and the kind of food market (floating one) that even kids would find fun!
Especially with Indians. Whenever I say I am going to Thailand my friends give me a look top to bottom and say hmmm. 🙂 🙂
I love Bangkok and its nice to see some places that I have never seen. I had no idea there are these many things to do with families in Bangkok even an Ocean world park?! MBK is a fabulous mall! I need to check out Ayutthaya and the Railway market. Thanks for the great tips.
Thanks Dorene. It is quite amazing to see a huge aquarium within a mall! Mae Klong Railway market is quite something.
Ayutthaya seems so nice and full of history. Your pictures are amazing by the way. As for Bangkok, what I really love in Asia is that you can go shopping whatever the time in an open-air market or a huge mall! The railway market is something new to me. I can’t believe how close the train passes from the shops! Scary!
Thanks Efthimis. While the railway market looks scary there is enough warning for people to move out of the train’s way.
Lovely ideas for a trip to Bangkok with kids! So cool to know that there are a lot of kid-friendly places to visit. I’m a lover of the underwater world so the Sea Life Bangkok is definitely something that I’d love to visit with my daughter. The Mae Kong Railway Market looks very interesting too. Such a unique way to have a market. Good to know that there are announcements being made to keep people safe when the train passes by. Good to know that the temples are also family-friendly too as a visit to Bangkok won’t be complete without it! 😉
Thanks Marvi. If you have not been to Thailand before it is time to make your plans now! 🙂 🙂
It’s interesting the aquarium is in the mall. I really want to visit this mall and I am not into shopping. Kidzania sounds like something that is fun and educational, that our kids would love. All of these things sound so amazing and family friendly.
That looks like a fun trip! I love the aquarium and I’ve seen the train at the market on a tv show before. It’s so interesting to see how they clear out of the way and then just go right back to it.
Oh wow – there’s clearly a ton of things to do with kids in Bangkok! I don’t have kids, but I guess I do become one when I see such fun things to do…I would even take a selfie with Bahubali and Gandhi 🙂
Damneon Saduak Floating Market looks really fascinating too…I would love to go there for photography and I am sure I would love it 🙂
I did Ayuthhaya from this list! And my trip was made. But the kids wanted more 😀
Museums there have such fun themes. Definitely worth a visit.
It’s good to see the ‘family-oriented’ side of Bangkok as a change from the single people or couple side of it. You’re right, Bangkok is one of the most frequently visited cities from India owing to the cheap flight tickets and expenses there. It only makes sense for the entire family to be able to travel together there. Sea Life and Kidzania must be children favorites!
Happy to see this post – Thailand with family is a different take. Last time we missed on visiting Ocean world and Trampoline Park. They seem to be really thrilling and colorful. Ayutthaya is another attraction which we want to add to our next trip. Great pictures guys.
You covered a lot of ground in this post. The glass tunnel at Bangkok Sealife is amazing and so is the wax museum. I have seen videos of that market in railtracks with an actual train running. It would be awesome to experience it up close and personal. Really a sight to behold!
Wowza, that train gets SO close to the people and their stalls! I’d be really interested to check out the markets, especially that floating market. It’s a whole other world in Thailand, especially compared to my life back home in Canada – I need to go someday!
Bangkok’s floating markets are my favorite, probably because I visited them on my very first visit to the country. I love the way boats move around picking and shopping, Ayutthaya is of interest to me as a history and heritage buff. Have twice been there but can always go back.
Bangkok is one of my favorite big cities in the world! I’ve been several times, but have yet to make it to Mae Klong Railway Market. It’s at the top of my Bangkok list though. Also, I agree that a trip to Ayutthaya is a must if you’re spending time in Bangkok.
Bangkok is one of the my favourite travel destination. I had spent almost 3 years at that place and it was almost amazing experience of my life. Beautiful people, friendly environment and delicious foods made me a great fan of Bangkok.
Useful post for first timers…
Ocean World looks cool. That seahorse is pretty. I have never been to Thailand. My mom really wants to go. I definitely want to check out the floating markets. The temples are really nice.
Bangkok is such a very nice destination for it has so much to offer and indeed perfect for a family vacation. I really love the Aquarium, the Kidzania, the night markets, and the stunning temples. I really love all of the photos. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.
I’ve been to BKK several times but I’ve never been to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. The figures are so lifelike! Amazing. MBK, yes, I’ve visited quite a few times!
Bangkok has truly so much to offer. There is indeed something for everyone. I’ve been to Bangkok twice and have not made the trip to Ayuthhaya yet. One our upcoming third visit, we will certainly go see all the amazing temples and Buddha statues. Love Bangkok and this is a great comprehensive guide!!
Totally loved the pictures. The way the railway market functions would be quite a sight how swiftly it makes way for the train. And as you said Timing is the key, we are sure the people there must have perfected the art by now. Also, the night market looks quite interesting! This makes us say, Thailand, we are coming!
Thailand is an amazing place! Perfect for family bonding, kids will really enjoy the largest aquarium in South East Asia and also the wax museum. The market is very lively also perfect to buy some souvenirs from there. I really love all of the photos in your post, thanks for sharing!
Bangkok is the one of the beautiful and amazing place of the world i will spend these holidays in Bangkok
The shopping and night markets in Bangkok are the best. MBK Center is a really big mall and while many locals shop there, there are also so many tourists there. It’s where you can buy the best souvenirs. We were lucky to go to Chatuchak Weekend Market, but, you can find everything in MBK as well, plus, it is airconditioned.
Seeing Ayuthaya and Wat MahaThat with its Buddha head in the tree roots was the thing we would have done in Thailand if we had just one more day. I could see with Sea Life and Madame Tussauds that there are ready made for kids to visit. There is just so much to see and do in Thailand, it seems like it there would be plenty to keep young minds (and hands) busy.
Such a detailed post on Bangkok. I love it for exactly all the reasons you listed above. I particularly love Damneon Saduak Floating Market and Mae Klong Railway Market. Been there so many times and still can’t get bored of them.
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Nice to read. Awesome pics. Very informative post.
Thanks a lot.
fabulous locations awesome pictures sharing
Night market, Floating Market, Railway market. I have to see them all. 🙂
Very well put together, Nisha.
Very informative post with beautiful photos.
Thanks for sharing 🙂
I’ve never been in Thailand, but it’s very high up on my list. There seem to be quite a few attractions I’d love to see there, like the ancient ruins of Wat Chai Wattanaram. Bangkok Ocean World aquarium also seems very interesting. Very informative. Thanks for sharing this post.
Very nice and detailed list. I was planning to take my family to Thailand and this article came as a rescue. Will ask you more details once I book my flight tickets.
Wow! Great to see Bangkok as a family vacation with so many things to do with kids Thanks.
The Madame Tussauds certainly seems a lot more focused on political figures and great people from history compared to the London version, it would be really interesting to visit. But the floating market has to be my favourite from your list.
I am a huge history buff, so I would love to see the ruins of Wat Chai Wattanaram. And how incredible to see the Buddha head in Wat MahaThat. Your tips on how to get to each attraction are so helpful!
Some good stuff in here to enjoy for the whole family. We’ve done the Madame Tussauds wax museum in NYC with a large group and can say honestly young and old will enjoy it together. Would love to check out Kidzania next time for sure as we didn’t know it existed until just now!
I don’t have kids, so I think I’d be most interested in the Damneon Saduak floating markets, and the Mae Klong Railway. I love seeing how different every Madame Tussauds is in each country!
Bangkok with kids that is actually such a cool post. Kidzania and the ocean world would have been super fun for children. We loved visiting the Floating market and the Maeklong railway station being adults and I can well imagine the reactions of kids. Great pictures as always.
My first trip abroad was to Bangkok and Pattaya, and that too with parents. I loved exploring the city vibes by night, as I strolled around the different night markets, and explored the yummy food scenes. Because we were short on time, we weren’t able to do the Mae Klong market, nor visit the city of Ayutthaya. But then, that itself is a compelling reason to take another trip to Thailand.
For some funny reason, I have always missed out on Ayuthaya and that is one place that I have been hoping to go. 🙁 The floating market is always so much fun and I see that you have managed to get quite a pulse of it through your pictures. Interestingly, the first part of your itinerary was what I did when my dottie was one 😀
There are so many things to do in Bangkok even when you visit with family. I especially liked the places that you can visit as day tours from Bangkok. I loved the Ayutthaya ruins the most. Also, the Maeklong railway market is interesting enough to watch the shopkeepers wrapping their stalls off as the train passes. The floating market seems a bit touristy to me, buts till worth a visit.
I love the amount of useful details you shared in your post. It is a perfect t travel guide for anyone traveling to Thailand. The Amped Trampoline Park looks like a great place for a family vacation.
Wow, this looks like an amazing holiday idea! I’d totally love to take a trip to this beautiful place this vacation! Thanks for posting this out! Amazing post and a great read!