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8 Things To Do With Kids In Bangkok

You didn't think Bangkok had anything to do, did you? A shopping playground for adults and a nightlife for singles. Bangkok is a far cry from the typical family destination. But we found eight! 8 things your toddlers will love! 

1. Fantasia Lagoon

A secret waterpark uncovered by TWB. Newly renovated and only just celebrating its Grand Opening is this fantastic Toddler Waterpark. Discounted entry until October was at student prices 100 baht each (approx. $7), kids free. There are so many sections to this place. Pirate ships, water play lands, lazy river, waterfalls, slides, and it keeps going. Everyone has to wear a swimming cap, so bring one along or hire one for 30 cents. You can hire also hire inflatable tubes, towels and lockers. Food is available right outside for local prices ($1/$2). Also next door is a small scale amusement park if you didn’t get enough fun at the waterpark. Located at The Mall Bang Kae.

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2. Ocean World

This place is not cheap, with a discount given at the shopping mall entrance it was $83 for all 4 of us – 2 adults, a 3 yr old and a 2 yr old or rather one over counter, one under. But the exhibit is well worth it. Beautiful aquariums and other animals not found under the sea. For extra you can ride a glass bottom boat over the shark tank or even walk the ocean floor.  Located at the Siam Paragon Mall.
Book discounted tickets online (recommended) 

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3. Funariam

A great place to spend either 3 hours or a full day. We went twice. Mia is considered Medium height and Caius small. Unfortunately when it’s based on height, my kids are at a disadvantage. Anyway this place is an indoor playground with slides, ball pits, basketball court, and even a bicycle/scooter track where the kids get a bike & helmet and do laps. Saturdays they can do cooking classes for 90B ($3) or head upstairs to the art n crafts room. They can also play outside in a small beach/sandpit. Socks are required, lockers are free. Only thing missing is free WIFI for the adults! Located n the middle of Bangkok's central residential district between Sukhumvit Road and Rama 4 Road.

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4. Shopping Malls

Whether it’s to see a movie on the many big screens available or just to play on any number of indoor playgrounds, malls will be your friends. Bangkok can get hot, but every mall is a cool sanctuary. Nearly every mall has a playground located inside. We visited one at Central World on the top floor. It was free and had multiple slides and some other fantastic equipment.

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5. Ride in a Tuk Tuk

Ok so my daughter fell in love with the tricycles on Boracay, Phillipines and the tuk tuk is quite similar. So one day we caught one just for her and we all loved it, so we caught them several times more. Sure they are more expensive then a taxi, but one trip cost us 100Baht (approx $3 for all 4 of us) so we are still not talking big money. And the kids will love it! Whether in the pouring rain or on a hot sweltering day a Tuk Tuk ride takes you places you might not have otherwise been.

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6. All You Can Eat Cake

So maybe this should be on the food lovers guide to Bangkok, but honestly what kid doesn’t like cake? For that special occasion head to Bangkok Hotel Lotus Sukhumvit for the cake buffet. $11 per adult, kids eat free. They have a wide range of savoury & sweet pastries, cheesecakes, mudcakes, jelly, cream, ice cream and unlimited drinks. Yum!

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7. Royal Dragon Restaurant

A Guinness World Record Holder for largest restaurant, holding over 5000 seats and 1500 staff. This is more then a Chinese restaurant, it’s entertainment. The staff delivers food on roller skates or via a zipline. There is a stage perched above water that hosts live shows every night. There are several booths for karoke parties. Meals are reasonably priced and service is great, but the kids really loved the shows and the waiter on the zipline.

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8. Ride on a Boat

You can do a tour, but hiring a private long boat is probably going to be cheaper and faster. With toddlers you don’t want to be stuck on a boat for a few hours. Right near the Grand Palace you can go to the dock and hire a private boat on the spot. It is 800B ($25) for the whole boat. It takes approximately 15 minutes to get one from the top of the river to the last stop at the bottom. Not only does that beat 1.5 hours in taxi traffic, but also you see Wat Aurn, What Pho and several other gorgeous sites along the way with the boat slowing for photo ops.

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Posted by Karin Holmes on
Hmm you changed my mind about Bangkok
Posted by Bethaney - Flashpacker Family on
Oh man!!!!!!!!! Now I really want to go back to Bangkok!!!!!!!!!!!! Just another week or two there would suit me fine. :)
Posted by Mik on
Great tips on our last day of vacation in hailand! I'll follow more and see what our robbie of 18 months can do!
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