Sawadee kaaa! 😎 Today I’m going to share some of the highlights of our trip to Bangkok in Dec last year. Yeah, it has been a while and I was too lazy to blog about it. But again – if I don’t, I’ll end up forgetting about this trip. Hence, please read my version of interesting things to do in Bangkok with Kids. 😉
Bangkok is a VERY popular holiday destination for Singaporeans. In fact, I know some of you visit Bangkok every year (oh, lucky you!). Bangkok is not just about shopping. If you have kids, Bangkok also has an extensive array of family-friendly attractions that will surely provide your kids and entire family with a fun and memorable experience.
➡ Now, let’s check out our recommendations of 8 Interesting Places to Visit in Bangkok with Kids:
8 Places to Visit in Bangkok with Kids
1. SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
When it comes to aquariums, we’re lucky to have S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa. We visit the place frequently because Edison is a huge fan of aquariums. And since he loves them so much, we brought him to SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World and it was such an eye-opener! 😀
If you ask me which aquarium is bigger, I think the one at Resorts World Sentosa is bigger. However, SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World has its own unique features and the best thing about it is its location. It’s located at Siam Paragon Shopping Centre (same building as KidZania), easily accessible via BTS. This aquarium is specially made for the little ones, and the shark tank is our favourite!
We bought our tickets from Klook, and it’s SO much cheaper than buying directly. There are various options to choose from: Aquarium only, Aquarium with 4D Movie, Glass Bottom Boat, Photo or Aquarium + Madame Tussauds Admission Combo.
We spent about 3 hours here before we headed for lunch at Siam Paragon Food Hall. It’s huge – covering a good half of the mall’s ground floor, with a wide range of cheap and very delicious Thai food. Highly recommended!
How to Get There:
B1-B2 Floor, Siam Paragon, 991 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Take Exit 5 from the BTS Siam Station, which provides direct access to Siam Paragon
2. Madame Tussauds
Honestly, I’m not a big fan of wax figures. We visited the Madame Tussauds just because it’s cheap with the SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World + Madame Tussauds Combo Tickets that we bought from Klook. It’s located at Siam Discovery, just next to Siam Center and Siam Paragon. Since we haven’t been to Madame Tussauds before, we gave it a try.
Madame Tussauds Bangkok has a revolutionary concept for wax attraction with special interactive features where you can touch, hug, play with and even kiss. Imagine kicking football with Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, or singing on stage with Justin Bieber, or posing closely with Wolverine and his legendary claws. There are over 90 figures of international and Thai celebrities.
Overall, it was fun since this was our first visit but not extraordinary. 🙂
How to Get There:
Madame Tussauds, Siam Discovery, 6th Floor, 989 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
By BTS Skytrain: Madame Tussauds is a 5mins walk from BTS Siam station
3. ASIATIQUE The Riverfront
This is a must-visit in Bangkok! ASIATIQUE The Riverfront is a vibrant riverside attraction combining shopping, dining, sightseeing, activities and events under one roof. The strong cultural aspect is what sets it apart from other shopping malls. Since it’s tailored for tourists, I’ve to be honest to tell you that this place is quite crowded. Nonetheless, it’s a great place to shop and eat.
There are 4 different complexes ranging from the Factory District filled with 1,500 small shops to the Waterfront District filled with fancy restaurants and event venues. When you’re here, you can also go on the Asiatique Sky Ferris Wheel – the big wheel you can see in the photo above.
As Thailand’s tallest ferris wheel, Asiatique Sky promises unforgettable views of Bangkok city and the riverfront. It’s a fun-filled way to admire the city from all different heights and angles as you enjoy 3 to 4 rotations in cool and comfy cabins.
If I were to visit Bangkok again, I’ll definitely be back at Asiatique!
How to Get There:
Take the BTS SkyTrain to Saphan Taksin station and get out from the station using Exit 2. Head straight towards the river and you’ll see Sathorn Pier. From there, take a 15-minute free ferry boat to Asiatique The Riverfront. The boat leaves from the Saphan Taksin station every 15 minutes, starting at 4:30pm and the last boat leaves from Asiatique pier back to Saphan Thaksin at 11:30pm.
4. Safari World
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok is the Safari World. This highly-raved park consists of a drive through animal safari section (very fun!), a zoo area with animal shows, and a Marine Park with river cruise. Some of the attractions include bird and dolphin shows, sea lions, jungle cruises, hands-on feeding, and White Tiger Show. 😀
On top of that, there’s the live, wild, wild west Hollywood Cowboy Stunt Show that’s filled with heart-wrenching gunfights, bullwhips and horseplay. It was quite silly but it thrilled Edison to no end LOL. We bought the Safari World tickets from Klook that includes a buffet lunch.
We enjoyed the drive through animal safari so much! For the very first time, we saw the wild life at close proximity, strutting around in their natural habitats, resting, feeding and interacting freely with other animals. Edison was SO thrilled especially at the section where there are tigers and lions! 😮
Safari World is about an hour drive from Bangkok central. You can book your transportation on Klook too. Choose between a private vehicle or a shared transfer. We booked the Safari World Shared Transfer that picked us up at Century Mall (next to BTS Victory Monument Station). All in all, it was a hassle-free journey, the driver was nice and friendly, and it was such a fun trip!
How to Get There:
By taxi: Take a taxi from Bangkok (approximately 1 hour from central city)
By public transportation: Take a BTS to Mo Chit Station on the Sukhumvit Line. Take Exit No. 1 or 3 then board bus no. 26 or 96 and get off at Fashion Island Shopping Mall. Take the overpass to the other side; from there a minibus will take you to Safari World.
5. Cruise along the Chao Phraya River
Some of Bangkok’s most note-worthy attractions are on the banks of the mighty Chao Phraya River. The four must-see attractions that are easily accessible from the river are Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and Wat Arun.
Last year, there were only two cruises available on Klook – Princess Cruise and Grand Pearl. We chose the latter option. As I’m writing this post, I’m SO glad to see more river cruises available on Klook (you rock!). Next time, I’ll likely to try out the Supanniga Cruise.
If you ask me, I’d say that the Grand Pearl Dinner Cruise is a good experience (if you haven’t been to one), but it’s far from perfect. This is a 2-hour boat cruise featuring Thai and international buffet dinner with live music and dance show. The cruise itself was fantastic – nice, comfortable and grand. However, the buffet spread and entertainment were average. I wasn’t pleased because the seats were pre-arranged (you can’t request for lower or upper deck). But again, given its high capacity of ~500 people, it would be quite chaotic if the seats were not pre-arranged.
The best thing about it is the scenery along the river which is totally breath-taking! All in all, it was a fun experience because this was our first time. 😀
How to Get There:
River City Shopping Center. Take BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin Station Exit 3.
6. Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s top cultural attraction. It’s a must-see sight that no visit to Bangkok would be complete without. It was the former residence for King Rama I to King Rama V of the Rattanakosin Kingdom. Today, it is used for hosting royal ceremonies and welcoming the king’s guests, State guests, and other foreign dignitaries.
The Grand Palace is divided into two main zones, which are the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the royal residence. The latter is divided into three major areas: the Outer Court, the Middle Court, and the Inner Court.
We booked a Bangkok Private Car Charter from Klook (full day 8 hours for $88) to bring us to the Grand Palace and some temples (in item #7 below). The driver picked up from our hotel lobby on-time, he was very nice and friendly. He was our driver, tour guide and photographer – all-in-one! LOL. 😆
One thing you must take note if you plan to visit the Grand Palace. You must dress appropriately to get into the Grand Palace, a lot of visitors were being turned away by the security guards. Long trousers for men with shoulders covered, and at least a knee length skirt/pants with shoulders covered for ladies. You can buy clothes from the vendors outside if necessary, trousers were 100 baht.
The grounds are very huge, and it would take a few hours to explore thoroughly. In addition, there wasn’t much shade, so be prepared with your hat, sun block and plenty of water. The queue to get it can be quite long too.
How to Get There:
Take the BTS Skytrain to Taksin Station. From here, take a Chao Phraya River Express boat to Tha Chang Wang Luang Pier. It is a short walk (~15 mins) from the pier to the entrance to The Grand Palace public entrance.
7. Temples – Wat Arun, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, Wat Saket
Again, no visit to Bangkok would be complete without a few temple visits. These shrines are SO beautiful that no picture could ever do them justice (in some places photos are forbidden anyway), you can still get a good idea for the kind of jaw-dropping sights you can expect when you visit.
We visited 4 temples in this trip. Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) is located inside the Grand Palace. Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) is located right next to Wat Phra Kaew – it’s the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok. From Wat Pho, you need to walk to the pier and take a boat to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). Finally, Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount) is located a few kilometres away from the 3 temples. Out of these four, my favourites are Wat Arun for its beautiful towering spires, and Wat Saket which towers above the city.
All in all, we took about 8 hours to visit the Grand Palace and these 4 temples with the help of our driver (costs us only $88 full day). It’s so much cheaper than joining the tours like Bangkok Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew Morning Tour (costs $42 per pax), and Bangkok Old City Half Day Tour (costs $50 per pax).
8. Pororo Aquapark Bangkok
We planned to bring Edison to this cute Pororo Aquapark Bangkok on the second last day of our trip. Unfortunately, it rained on that day. 😥 Thus, our plan was cancelled. Nonetheless, I wanna share this cool place to you today.
Located atop CentralPlaza Bangna (6th floor), Pororo Aquapark spans over 10,000 square metres, with several sliders, pools and water play zones — all based around the theme of popular Korean character “Pororo the Little Penguin” and his friends. There’s also a large pool for swimming.
How to Get There:
Take the BTS Skytrain to Udomsuk Station. From there, take the CentralPlaza Bangna shuttle bus or taxi.
➡ Read also: Our review on Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit
Bangkok with kids is definitely EASY and FUN! We had a great time in Bangkok, and we hope you do too.:)