Best Places to visit in Bangkok with Family
Bangkok means massage parlors or clubbing for the maximum of us, right? But that’s not it. This beautiful capital of Thailand is a great family-friendly destination. Our guest writer Sydney Edward, from Routeprints has listed out the 15 best places to visit in Bangkok with family. Over to Sydney now.
Bangkok has an energetic crowd – colorful, noisy and thrilling. Most importantly it’s a city that can bring a bright smile on your face. Be it the temples, ancient places, shopping malls, outdoor activities, or any other attraction, Bangkok has never failed to impress. Over the years, it has always attracted more and more people towards its beauty.
No matter if you’re traveling solo, out for a family vacation, or have selected this place for your honeymoon, Bangkok has always provided an unforgettable and unmatched experience. Besides, a lot of stunning places, one can even enjoy the culture and tradition of the place, which is capable of making you nostalgic whenever you look at your photo gallery.
If you’re wondering how to explore the best of Bangkok in a few days, we’ve brought the solution for you. Check out this list of 15 phenomenal places you need to visit when in Bangkok with family. Don’t miss the place on 7th number. Read this list and the budget travel tips to Thailand for planning a family trip.
1. The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew
If you have a keen interest in history, this place is definitely going to entice you. A full package of outstanding architecture with elaborated details makes this place look captivating.
Home to Thai King, this mind-blowing tourist spot was built in 1782 and allows you to visit one of the holiest Buddhist temples. You can also have a chance to witness the life of the King and also the grandeur of the “Temple of the Emerald Buddha” present there.
2. Wat Arun
A heaven-like place in Bangkok, Wat Arun is the next amazing option for you. With a number of gorgeous temples and mind-blowing museums, you won’t be able to stop yourself from appreciating the beauty. Also called as the temple of dawn, Wat Arun is 260ft above the Chao Phraya River, this place also provides you with the best views of the rising and setting sun.
The temple got its name from Hindu God Aruna that holds a special place among the natives, and is considered a great option to visit with the family. All in all, you’ll definitely love the surroundings and architecture of the place.
3. Chatuchak Market
This place was once among one of the most famous traders and wholesalers, but now has become a must-visit spot for the tourists. You must have heard people saying “shop till you drop”, the market justifies the slang very well, thanks to the gamut of collections of merchandise that will make you stay there for hours. If you’re going to stay in Bangkok for at least a week, try to keep a day for shopping and believe it, you won’t regret it.
To help you out how to navigate through this market- inside, there’s a main walkway that encircles the complete market, which branches off into a number of different alleyways, say Soi 1, Soi 2 and so on.
Also, roaming around the market is quite a breeze, you’ll never get lost. Along with the ATMs, you’ll always find foreign-exchange booths and an information centre at the Chatuchak Park Office. Toilets and schematic maps are easy to find throughout the market. All in all, the market is divided into parts making it easier for people to explore the charm of this place.
4. Terminal 21
If you’ve ever dreamt of travelling the world, this place will make your dream come true. Check out this airport inspired mall that brings some of the world famous cities together under one roof.
No matter if it is the shops of Tokyo City, great tasting food of San Francisco, or Cranaby Street of London, you’ll get a chance to explore a whole lot at one place. And not just the beauty of the different cities, you’ll see floor signs telling you about entering a particular city, the crisscross network of escalators, an information desk where you’ll see receptionists in graceful air hostesses’ uniforms and what not.
5. Khaosan Road
Looking for cheap accommodation? If yes, you cannot find a better place than the Khaosan Road that lies a bit close to the Chao Phraya River. They say the place is a delight for all the backpackers out there. Talk about its outstanding restaurants, wonderful shopping places, or mind-blowing pubs, this place can provide you with the best nightlife you’ve ever experienced.
A perfect site for both shopaholics and foodies, the Khaosan road is one of the most lively places you would ever visit and also, you can try the tempting authentic Thai dishes.
6. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Yet another interesting place that you should not miss visiting when in Bangkok, is the very famous floating market that is situated in Ratchaburi, a place around 1.5 hours outside the city. There was a time when the market was even called the “Venice of the East”. This market is a seasonal place, so check the timings before you come bangkok.
Remember that since this market is not a highly recommended tourist spot, you should not expect any special kind of morning that will include shopping by boat. Well, yes, you can definitely get some fresh and tasty foods and have an authentic way of interaction with the natives.
A tip for you- The ideal way to reach this cheerful market is that you can be a part of a tour like the Floating market cruise day trip from Bangkok that will take around 6 hours, will pick you up from your hotel and take you in an air-conditioned coach. Sounds great, right?
7. Lumpini Park
Take a walk in the green oasis of the Lumpini Park and forget the chaotic Bangkok full of people, visitors, traffic and so on. The place is for those who want to take a break from all the fun and exciting days and spend some peaceful time with the loved ones. Visit any of the various lawn areas, take a boat-ride on the lake, or just enjoy the Chinese pagoda’s shade. You can go to this place during the afternoon time for some relaxing time and watch the skyscrapers all around.
Some helpful additional piece of information- Many of you might not know this but the park was a site of anti-government protests, so ensure you check on the present political scenarios before you pay a visit. After all, safety should be the priority.
8. Bangkok Safari World
The safari world of Bangkok is known to be the largest Open Zoo of the world. It is divided into 2 parts, where one takes you through the Marine Park and the other one through the Safari Park.
Be it the thrilling safari drive, or spending some time with the cute and adorable dolphins, or the fast-paced wonderful action stunt, this Safari World brings every possible thing for you. You’ll get to see a large number of animals from all over the world and don’t miss to see and know about the native indigenous types that are surely one of the main highlights of this place.
9. SkyWalk at MahaNakhon Observatory
Here comes another must-visit place in the city that you cannot afford to miss, Thailand’s tallest building called the King Power Mahanakhon. The 63 sq.m. floor made of glass is the pride of this SkyWalk that is 314m above the beautiful city. Make your way to the 74th floor that will provide you panoramic 360-degree vistas from the observation deck.
Book online the tickets to this skywalk, so that you can avoid the queues.
10. Relaxing Spa
It’s time to talk about what the city is majorly famous for. Also, known as the massage capital, Bangkok is where you can enjoy the best and most relaxing spa treatment. According to the traditional Thai teaching, massage is not just for pampering the body, but it should be necessary in the category of health and beauty regimen.
You can either try the long-established street side Thai massage if you want to go traditional or try a spa with the best services, style and quality. Though you might find a lot of spas that are now focusing on medical treatment, there are still a lot of massage centers to provide you with the best pampering experience.
12. Chao Phraya River
Your trip to Bangkok will seem incomplete if you miss out on this amazing tourist attraction that has everything to make your day a day-to-remember. The Chao Phraya River flows south to the Gulf of Thailand that is ready to welcome you with countless wonderful experiences.
Some of the top reasons to visit this place are the captivating ferry rides and the exotic dinner cruise, and the beauty worth the instagram posts against the backdrop of the stunning buildings will surely make your visit a great decision. You can go to this place from December to February as the winter season here is superbly pleasant.
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13. Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World
Once known as the Siam Ocean World, this exciting and marvelous Ocean World can be a great option for those who’re coming to Bangkok for just one day. This aquatic world is present two stories beneath one of the most luxurious Siam Paragon shopping malls that is constructed perfectly for you to live some experiences to be remembered for a lifetime. Check out the 30,000 beautiful creatures from all over the globe.
14. Erawan Museum
A great sightseeing place ideal for families and friends, Erawan Muesum is majorly known for its outstanding three-headed elephant status welcoming you, which is the first and the last thing you are going to see out there.
The museum includes three-stories with some astonishing antiquities and precious prehistoric religious objects that are simply enough to learn and sneak a look into the Thai culture and heritage.
15. Giant Swing
Look at Bangkok’s map and trace this another interesting site. Featuring a rich church with clearing rooftop, stunning divider paintings and fantastic hand-cut entry panels made of teak wood. The giant swing is present at a good enough height of 21m between the Bangkok City Hall and WatSuthat. Its two huge towering red columns can be seen from a far distance. If you’ve planned to visit the city just for 2 days, Giant Swing is a must-visit place on your itinerary list.
So here is the list of Sydney’s favorite things to do in Bangkok. If you have only have one or two days in Bangkok, consider booking this guided tour of the city. I’m certainly inspired to check out this amazing place with my family. Once the global travel advisory is taken off and things return to normal, I will plan a trip there. What about you? Have you been to Bangkok with family? Please share your experience, questions etc. in the comments section.
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Guest Author Sydney in her own words:
I love dancing, history, beer and exploring the hidden places. Travelling is my life as it always gives me a new experience and makes me stronger. To date, I have traveled to more than 25 countries and my favorite one in Paris.