After 3 months in South East Asia and numerous visits to temples in India and Sri Lanka the girls were a little bit tired of us dragging them around temples and monuments. So although there are lots of beautiful temples to visit in Bangkok we found lots of alternative things for the kids to enjoy.
How we got here:
We travelled to Bangkok from Chumphon on the night train. It took 11 hours in total, and was surprisingly comfortable. We had a bunk bed each which the girls loved, it felt like a great adventure to them, going to sleep on a train. All four of us slept really well, and you by travelling this way we didn’t waste any of our daytime travelling.
To travel on any train in Thailand you can just turn up on the day and book tickets, but obviously you run the risk of the tickets being sold out. We booked our tickets a month in advance via 12goAsia.
Crazy Shopping Malls
Bangkok is well known for it’s crazy shopping malls. MBK mall was crazy, manic and like a labyrinth, but it’s great if you’re into knock off bargains. The food court here was cheap too.
Siam Paragon was a bit more westernised and upmarket. It has some great restaurants, artwork to look at as you stroll around, plus there’s also Kids Planet – a giant toy section on the 3rd floor. Connected to Siam Paragon is Siam Discovery which houses Sea Life Bangkok and Madame Tussauds. We’re not really into those attractions so didn’t bother going here.
The girls favourite mall was Terminal 21, an airport themed mall. Every floor is themed in the style of a different city from Rome to Tokyo, Istanbul to Paris. You can essentially travel the world in a day. The food court on the San Francisco floor is amazing and really good value for money. We ate here a few times as there is something for everyone, even the pickiest of eaters.
The girls are a huge bundle of energy and if we don’t get outside in nature for a run around each day then everyone’s moods can quickly sour.
Lumphini Park was great fun as there are huge Water Monitor Lizards that swim in the lake. They like to come out of the water during the day and lay out on the shores, basking in the sunshine. We loved wandering around and spotting these amazing creatures. We also saw some Terrapins in the water.
There is also a kids play park here and an outdoor gym. Which the girls played on for a couple of hours.
Visit an Art Gallery
Ava & Bonnie really enjoy looking at Art Galleries and discussing art work. As always when we visit a gallery there are some, shall we say, interesting pieces (see the above picture). Luckily the girls thought these were dog chews so we avoided any awkward conversations.
Bangkok is such a cool city and has lots to do. Our favourite days were when we just wandered around the streets or sat on roadside cafes people watching.
We only had a short week here so this is just what we got up to. You can find more fun things to do with kids in Bangkok here.