Bangkok’s scintillating nightlife, culinary escapades, cultural excursions, and intimate escapes make it the perfect destination for adults who want to experience the exotic. The city is, however, also one of the trendiest and most kid-friendly destinations in Asia.
Featuring both educational and fun activities, there are plenty of things to do in Bangkok with kids. In fact, the main problem you are likely to face is finding time to participate in them all.
Take a Cooking Class
Thai food is famous worldwide for its intensity, fresh ingredients, and delicious flavors that leave you wanting more. Therefore, there’s nothing more authentic than to take a cooking class in Bangkok and learn the intricacies of the local cuisine from professional chefs.
An excellent activity for the entire family, a typical Thai cooking class, includes buying ingredients from the market and then preparing a meal featuring snacks, mains, and desserts. There are also special smaller group classes for kids available that focus on uncomplicated recipes kids can easily make back home.
Visit the Iconic Floating Markets
Undoubtedly on must-do activity in Bangkok is experiencing the colorful commotion of a floating market. Since kids love nothing more than a boat ride, it becomes almost essential to take a day trip and explore one of Bangkok’s six floating markets.
Damnoen Saduk is the most popular and also the most crowded. While you will see the maximum number of boats and shops here, it might be a little overwhelming for children. Thus, when looking at things to do in Bangkok with kids, choose either the Amphawa or Taling Chan floating markets. Not only are they more authentic and charming, but if you reach in the morning, you have a few hours to enjoy the uncrowded area at a leisurely pace.
Play, Learn and Shop till You Drop
Let’s face it, children love to go shopping as much as adults do, and in Bangkok, there are plenty of options to shop till you drop. MBK Center is one of two huge malls in the city, with stores selling everything from clothes and electronics to toys, books, and food.
However, from purely a child’s point of view, Siam Paragon has more to offer. Besides the shops, Siam Paragon is home to a bowling alley and a 15-screen cinema. Moreover, it has KidZania, a large playground for kids where they can dress-up and role-play being a doctor, a chef, a fire-fighter, and many other professions.
That’s not all because the mall’s basement is occupied by Sea Life Bangkok. As Southeast Asia’s largest, it is a grand underwater aquarium where kids get to learn about marine life and observe some of the most fascinating creatures from the deep.
Get Insta-Savvy at Art in Paradise
Art in Paradise, a total laugh riot, is a 3D art museum in Bangkok that will surely give a boost to your Instagram photos. Hand-painted and updated from time to time, the backgrounds are amazing to look at, but more impressively invite visitors, especially kids, to immerse themselves in the scenery. The final result is a trick-eye image you are bound to cherish for a long time.
Besides over 100 images you can observe and be a part of, there are other interactive media installations on display at Art in Paradise. The museum has regular offers for tourists and locals, so make sure to ask for any discounts on the entry fee when visiting.
Relax at Lumphini Park
As charming as Bangkok is, it is a bustling city plagued by traffic jams and pollution. To escape from this madness and yet stay within the city’s confounds, head to Lumphini Park, a natural sanctuary in the heart of Bangkok that creates a serene and enjoyable environment.
Once there, you can do several things. Have a picnic on the well-manicured grass patches or go boating in the artificial lake. You can cycle around the park or simply sit on a bench and do some bird watching. A popular hangout spot with the locals, there are free aerobic classes, live music events, and a basketball court in the park. Most importantly, it is one place where you can let children run around freely without having to worry too much about them.
Lastly, you’ll be glad to know that the city has a distinctive reading culture, and one of the things to do in Bangkok with kids is to visit its fantastic independent bookshops.