Embarking on a family adventure to Bangkok with the Blinks is not just a journey; it’s a blend of culture, excitement, and unforgettable memories. Immerse your little explorers in the vibrant tapestry of Thai traditions and modern wonders. Just back form our own adventure, we’ll unveil the secrets of making your family trip to Bangkok a real success. Below we’ll share how to navigate the city with kids in tow, and showcase the best of what Bangkok has to offer traveling families. Read on to find out more about this great city in Thailand.
Best time to visit Bangkok with kids
Bangkok is a vibrant city with a tropical climate, which means that the time of year you visit can seriously impact your experience. The best time to visit Bangkok with kids is during the cooler and drier months, which typically fall between November and February. During this time, temperatures are a lot more comfortable and it rains less often. Although, we traveled to Thailand in late June and we were very lucky with some beautiful weather!
If you prefer to avoid crowds and want to take advantage of lower hotel rates, think about visiting during the shoulder seasons of March to May or September to October. Just keep in mind you’ll have higher temperatures and occasional showers during these periods. June through August is quite busy!
Bangkok’s rainy season is from June to October, with September being the wettest month. The rain can bring relief from the heat, but it can also lead to flooding and heavy traffic in certain areas of the city. If you do decide to visit during the rainy season, be sure to pack appropriate rain gear and plan indoor activities for days when the weather doesn’t cooperate. We’ve listed quite a few below in the kid-friendly activities for you.
Ultimately, the best time to visit Bangkok with kids is when the weather is mild and comfortable. That way you can fully enjoy all the outdoor activities and attractions that the city has to offer without feeling too hot or getting caught in heavy rains. It really is a city best enjoyed walking around.
Transportation tips for families in Bangkok
When it comes to traveling to and around Bangkok with kids, there are a few things to consider. First, getting to Bangkok is fairly easy, as it is a major international hub with flights from all over the world. Suvarnabhumi Airport, the gateway to Bangkok, is designed with families in mind. With family-friendly facilities, from dedicated play areas to stroller-friendly spaces, the airport is a great transition for parents and little ones.
If you’re on a domestic adventure in Thailand, you will be flying into Don Mueang Airport. This airport also offers a family-friendly experience, with easily accessible amenities, play zones and family rest areas. The staff is very friendly and it will be a nice welcome to Bangkok.
Navigating Transportation with Kids
Bangkok’s public transportation system is surprisingly family-friendly. The city’s extensive network of Skytrains, subways, and buses provides very convenient and affordable travel option for families. The BTS Skytrain elevated high above the traffic, offers a thrilling ride for kids. Older colorful buses also make quite an an adventure. One of our favorite ways to explore Bangkok is by Tuk-tuk. Tuk-tuks are a fun and unique way to get around, but be prepared as they can sometimes be a bumpy ride.
For longer distances, the BTS Skytrain and MRT subway are very efficient and air-conditioned. Another option is the Chao Phraya Express Boat, which allows you to navigate the city via its waterways. When you’re planning your itinerary, keep in mind that Bangkok can be quite crowded and traffic can be quite heavy, so give yourself plenty of time to get from one place to another while enjoying the scenery.
Where to Stay in Bangkok with children
Nestled in the bustling center of the city, this district boasts has a lot of accommodations, shopping destinations, and leisure activities that are perfect for families. For a comfortable stay, check out renowned hotels such as Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square or the Pathumwan Princess Hotel.
Experience breathtaking sights of the picturesque Chao Phraya River during your luxurious stay at popular accommodations like the Shangri-La Hotel and the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort. Embrace a peaceful ambiance in this tranquil locale, which provides a refreshing escape from the busy city center.
Silom is ideal for families who want to immerse themselves in the vibrant nightlife, diverse shopping experiences, and delectable dining options of Bangkok, both the Dusit Thani Bangkok and Banyan Tree Bangkok are exceptional accommodations to consider.
Sukhumvit is a thriving district known for its diverse blend of cultures. The area is home to a variety of upscale shopping malls, trendy restaurants, and luxurious hotels. It’s also a popular nightlife destination. Sukhumvit is well-connected with efficient public transportation, which makes it easy to explore other parts of the city.
The Old City, also known as Rattanakosin, is the historic and cultural heart of Bangkok, Thailand. This area is home to really stunning temples, including the grand Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha). The narrow streets and alleys are lined with traditional shophouses selling souvenirs, street food, and handmade crafts. You can explore Chinatown and enjoy a riverboat ride along the Chao Phraya River. The Old City is a must-visit for those interested in learning about Bangkok’s rich history and experiencing its vibrant culture.
Family-friendly accommodations in Bangkok
Novotel Bangkok (Siam Square)
This hotel is a great choice for families because it’s centrally located, has nice big rooms, and a rooftop pool for so much fun and beautiful views. It’s within walking distance of MBK Center, Siam Paragon, and Siam Discovery.
Book Novotel HERE
Pathumwan Princess Hotel (Siam Square)
Located adjacent to MBK Center and just a short walk from the BTS Skytrain, this hotel offers comfortable rooms and excellent dining options. The hotel also has a large pool and fitness center.
Book Pathumwan HERE
Seekers Finders (Sukhumvit)
Staying at Seekers Finders hotel in Bangkok, Thailand with kids was an amazing experience. The hotel staff was incredibly welcoming and accommodating, the rooms were spacious and comfortable, and the hotel’s location was perfect for exploring the city of Bangkok. It’s located with convenient access to popular attractions and delicious local restaurants.
Book Seekers Finders HERE
DoubleTree by Hilton (Sukhumvit)
This is a great place to stay with kids. The rooms were great and we had plenty of space for our family. The kids especially loved the complimentary cookies and warm chocolate chip cookies upon check-in. The pool was a highlight for our kids, with its stunning views of the city skyline. The hotel also offered a variety of family-friendly activities, like cooking classes and movie nights, which kept our kids entertained and happy. The location of the hotel was perfect, with easy access to various family-friendly attractions and restaurants.
Book DoubleTree HERE
Grande Centre Point Hotel (Terminal 21)
This hotel has a prime location near the popular Terminal 21 shopping mall and Asoke BTS station. It has a variety of family-friendly amenities, spacious family rooms, a refreshing outdoor pool, and a playroom designed specifically for kids.
Nestled in the scenic Chao Phraya River, this charming boutique hotel offers a tranquil retreat in the heart of Bangkok’s historic district. With its prime location near the renowned Grand Palace and Wat Pho, it is the perfect choice for families looking to explore the city’s famous landmarks.
Book Riva Surya HERE
Mrsblinks enjoying a Craft Coffee at Seekers Finders in Bangkok
Best places to eat in Bangkok with kids
Bangkok is a haven for food enthusiasts, with endless possibilities to please every taste. Street food delicacies such as Pad Thai, Som Tum (papaya salad), and Mango Sticky Rice are a must-try. Immerse yourself in the vibrant market scene and indulge in delicious meals at family-friendly eateries situated in shopping complexes.
Pier 21 Food Court (Terminal 21 Mall)
This is the perfect spot for families. Located within the Terminal 21 Mall, this food court offers lots of variety of delicious and budget-friendly food options. The kids will love exploring the different food stalls and choosing their own meals from the variety of cuisines available, like Thai, Chinese, and Western. The convenient location within the mall makes it a great pit stop during a day of shopping and sightseeing in Bangkok.
Charlie’s by Tong Peng (Seekers Finders)
Charlie’s by Tong Peng is a family-friendly restaurant that offers delicious and authentic Thai cuisine. The vibe of the restaurant is warm and welcoming! The menu has a wide range of options, from classic dishes like pad thai and green curry to more unique items such as deep-fried pork knuckle and spicy seafood salad. The portions are generous and the staff is friendly and accommodating, making sure that families with kids feel comfortable and taken care of.
After You: Dessert Cafe (CentralWorld)
This is a must-visit spot for families with kids. Located in the popular shopping center CentralWorld, this charming cafe has a variety of mouth-watering desserts! From fluffy pancakes to decadent chocolate lava cakes and the cafe’s cozy atmosphere and inviting interior, this is the perfect spot for families to relax and indulge in some delicious treats.
Mango Tree on the River
This restaurant is on the Chao Phraya River with stunning views and a relaxed atmosphere. If you want authentic Thai cuisine and a kid’s menu with child-friendly dishes, this is a great spot!
This restaurant, located in a picturesque village-like setting, is perfect for families. This restaurant is in a cute village-like setting and has an extensive menu! It includes Thai and international dishes so there’s something for everyone. It’s charming with beautiful views and places for kids to explore outside.
The Canteen is a cody family-friendly eatery that offers tradition Thai comfort food and international dishes. It’s a favorite among expat families in Bangkok.
This restaurant in the vibrant Sukhumvit district is known for its mouth-watering Western cuisines. With a warm and inviting atmosphere, families can indulge in burgers, sandwiches, pastas, and a variety of breakfast choices.
Kuppa Tea & Coffee Traders
Located in the Ekkamai district, this cafe has an outstanding selection of brunch dishes such as pancakes, eggs benedict, and delectable baked goods. They also have a charming kids’ menu is sure to please.
Caramel Restaurant and Lounge
Situated at the Sukhothai Bangkok hotel, Caramel is an upscale yet family-friendly restaurant offering a diverse menu that includes Thai and international dishes. The elegant ambiance is suitable for special occasions with the family.
Eathai (Central Embassy Mall)
Eathai stands out as a contemporary food court showcasing a multitude of traditional Thai delicacies from various parts of the country. This is the ideal spot to indulge in a diverse range of Thai tastes while enjoying a sophisticated and immaculate setting.
Madame Musur Bar & Restaurant
Located along the river, this eatery offers a selection of Thai and Western dishes in a laid-back environment. Famously recognized for its welcoming atmosphere for children and beatiful views of the river, it’s a popular spot for dining.
Bangkok cultural experience for kids
Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok, making it a great place for kids to learn about the rich history and culture of Thailand. The temple is also home to the famous reclining Buddha, a massive 46-meter-long golden statue that will surely capture the attention of young ones.
This stunning complex was once the residence of Thai Kings and is now open to the public. You’ll be blown away by the intricate architecture and mesmerizing detailing.
A hotspot for backpackers and travelers, this vibrant street offers endless bars, food stalls, and cheap shopping. Keep an eye out for the famous Pad Thai carts – you won’t regret it!
For all you shopaholics out there, this is the place to be. With over 15,000 stalls selling everything from clothes to antiques, you’ll be sure to find some amazing bargains.
Chao Phraya River
A boat ride along this iconic river is a must-do in Bangkok. You’ll get a unique perspective of the city and pass by some of the most beautiful temples and landmarks.
This bustling neighborhood is a food lover’s paradise. Indulge in some mouthwatering street food, explore the vibrant markets, and take in the lively atmosphere.
This traditional Thai-style house was once owned by an American entrepreneur. Now a museum, it offers a glimpse into the country’s rich history and culture.
Also known as the Temple of Dawn, this stunning structure is a sight to behold, especially at sunset. Climb up to the very top for amazing panoramic views of the city.
Need a break from the chaos of the city? Head to this peaceful park for a leisurely stroll, a picnic, or even a Thai massage while each of you take turn playing with the kids.
This riverside night market offers a unique shopping experience with a blend of traditional stalls and modern boutiques. Stick around for the stunning night views of Bangkok’s skyline.
Kid-friendly attractions in Bangkok
Harborland (ICON Siam)
Harborland was one of our kids favorite activities in all of Bangkok. Its an indoor play land for kids of any age and some adults too. This is a must-see experience for anyone traveling to the city.
ICON Siam is a modern shopping complex, located on the Chao Phraya River, that offers wide variety of luxury shopping, dining, and plenty of entertainment options.
Come to this super cool indoor theme park at Siam Paragon where kids can act like grownups and try out different jobs like firefighters and chefs.
This awesome amusement park has tons of exciting rides and shows for kids of all ages. Don’t miss out on the Snow Town and Animal Farm!
If you love dinos, you’ll love this place in Sukhumvit with huge dino replicas, interactive displays, and a 4D adventure ride.
Check out Southeast Asia’s biggest aquarium at Siam Paragon and see all sorts of amazing sea creatures, including sharks and rays.
Get ready for some serious fun at this indoor play center. They’ve got climbing walls, trampolines, and cool arts and crafts projects.
For all you space fans, this place is out of this world! Explore space exhibits, watch cool shows in the dome theater, and play with interactive stuff.
This huge amusement and water park is just outside Bangkok and has epic water slides, pools, and thrilling rides perfect for bigger kids and teens.
Get your hands on some awesome exhibits about science, tech, and culture at this super interactive spot. It’s perfect for kids who love to learn while having fun.
Know before you visit Bangkok with children
Before embarking on a family trip to Bangkok, you should be well-prepared to make sure you have a smooth and enjoyable experience. Here’s a list of things you should know before going to Bangkok:
Check the visa requirements for your country. Many nationalities can enter Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa for tourism purposes. Just make sure you verify this information and ensure that all family members have the necessary documents.
Vaccinations and Health Precautions
Consult your healthcare provider regarding vaccinations and health precautions for traveling to Thailand. Make sure your family’s routine vaccinations are up to date and inquire about recommended vaccinations such as Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Tetanus.
For peace of mind, consider purchasing travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and lost or stolen belongings.
Currency and Money Matters
Thailand’s currency is the Thai Baht (THB). Make sure to familiarize yourself with the current exchange rate and have some local currency on hand for small purchases. ATMs are widely available in Bangkok, but it’s a good idea to inform your bank about your travel plans to avoid any issues with your debit or credit cards.
Local Culture and Etiquette
Teach your family about Thai culture and etiquette, like removing shoes before entering someone’s home or a temple and showing respect to the royal family and religious sites. Make sure to dress modestly when visiting temples or government buildings. Both adults and children should cover their shoulders and knees.
While English is spoken in tourist areas, it can be helpful to learn a few basic Thai phrases like “hello,” “thank you,” and “goodbye.”
Weather and Packing
Check the weather forecast for the time of your visit and pack accordingly. Bangkok has a hot and humid climate year-round, so lightweight, breathable clothing is a must. Don’t forget sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. Pack comfortable walking shoes, especially if you plan to explore the city on foot.
Safety and Security
Bangkok is generally safe for tourists, but it’s essential to stay vigilant and take common-sense precautions. Just keep an eye on your things, avoid displaying valuable items, and use reputable transportation services.
Thailand uses Type A, B, and C electrical outlets with a standard voltage of 220V and a frequency of 50Hz. Depending on your home country, you may need plug adapters or voltage converters.
While Thai street food is delicious, exercise caution when selecting food vendors. Look for busy stalls with high turnover to ensure the freshness of the ingredients.
Familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations, such as rules for crossing the road, smoking restrictions, and drug laws, to avoid any legal issues.
Save important phone numbers in your phone, including the local emergency services number (191) and the contact information for your country’s embassy or consulate in Bangkok.
Bangkok follows Indochina Time (ICT), which is UTC+7. Make sure to adjust your watches and devices accordingly.
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