Tips for fun in Bangkok for all the family

Kids love watching sharks at Siam Ocean World

Kids love watching sharks at Siam Ocean World

The vibrant city of Bangkok caters to people of all ages and from all walks of life. Families will find that there are plenty of things to do here, and even young children will be able to get a lot out of the experience. Bangkok’s family-oriented attractions are many and varied, ranging from some of the best theme parks in the whole of Asia to pretty parks and cinemas showing the latest Hollywood releases.

Dream World

Dream World is Thailand’s largest and most exciting theme park and so is naturally an excellent place to spend a day out with the kids. In addition to mild rides for young children such as merry-go-rounds and the miniature train, there are also wild rollercoasters for thrill-seekers to enjoy. One of the star attractions here is Snow Town, where visitors enter a specially chilled room to experience tobogganing down a steep slope and perhaps get caught up in a snowball fight. More on Bangkok amusement parks.

Siam Ocean World

Situated in the ground floor of the Paragon shopping centre in the Siam district of Bangkok, Siam Ocean World offers visitors the chance to view a weird and wonderful collection of aquatic creatures. One of the highlights here is the 4D theatre, which treats spectators to an unforgettable 25-minute long virtual reality adventure, while other popular shows that are held around the clock include shark feeding, the diver underwater talk, penguin feeding and the interesting and informative rocky shore talk. A fun yet education family day out.

Bangkok Planetarium and Science Museum

Located in the Ekkamai district of Bangkok, the interesting and informative Bangkok Planetarium and Science Museum is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. The Planetarium offers a spectacular show using the latest sound and visual technology, while the Science Museum covers a wide range of different topics, including marine life and dinosaurs.

Dusit Zoo

See majestic tigers at Dusit Zoo

See majestic tigers at Dusit Zoo

The recently renovated Dusit Zoo has to be one of the best animal attractions in the whole of Southeast Asia. Visitors will be able to admire a large collection of different species here, including lions, tigers, bears and all the other usual suspects. There are also several specially created attractions such as the Reptile Room, where visitors can gaze as serpents and other cold-blooded creatures from all over the world, while the Nocturnal House offers visitors the chance to view species that usually come out after dark. The Children’s Zoo also offers activities such as model painting and colouring competitions, and there are special animal presentations held at regular intervals throughout the day. More on Bangkok attractions.

The Children’s Museum

Situated close to Chatuchak Park, the Children’s Museum consists of several different areas for visitors to explore. In addition to a large playground and reading room, one of the main highlights here is the science room, where visitors can learn about everything from the inner workings of the human body to how electricity is generated. More on museums.

Siam Park City

Taking a trip to Siam Park City is the perfect way to keep cool on a hot day. This large waterpark is suitable for people of all ages, as there are special shallow pools for young children to splash around in, while bigger kids and adults can have fun zipping down the park’s water slides. There is even a large swimming pool that has been specially created to mimic the beach, and boasts a narrow stretch of sand, lighthouse and wave machine.

The parks of Bangkok

Bangkok boasts a number of large and lovely green zones for visitors to wander through. While the centrally located Lumpini Park is one of the most popular of these, Railway Park, which is located just behind Chatuchak Park is perhaps the best for families to visit. One of the main highlights here is the butterfly house, which is free of charge and open every day except for Mondays, while visitors can also hire bicycles for a small fee and cycle through certain sections of the park. There are always drink and snack vendors on hand.

Temple fairs

Traditional fairs are often held after dark in the grounds of many of Bangkok’s temples and are a good way to let of a little steam. Age-old amusements such as games of skill, Ferris Wheels and follercoasters are often found here, while temple fairs are also a great place to browse for bargains and sample traditional Thai meals and snacks.

Go-karting

There is a small indoor go-karting track located at RCA near Ekkamai, which also offer special karts for children. Those who feel the need for speed but are new to the world of go-karting can take advantage of free driver training, which is offered every Tuesday at 20:00.

Take in a show at the cinema

There are a large number of modern cinemas to be found all over Bangkok, where the latest films are show in English with Thai subtitles. For a real treat, fork out a little extra for one of the 3D IMAX shows, which really make the action come to life.

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