7 Family-Friendly Things to Do in Bangkok Recommended by Locals

7 Family-Friendly Things to Do in Bangkok Recommended by Locals

Many people view Bangkok as the city that never sleeps. And while it does have an incredible nightlife, there are also a lot of things to do in Bangkok with family during the day. It is one of the most visited cities in the world, and people of all ages can have the time of their lives here. Here are 7 fun places to go in Bangkok with your family:

1. Take a step back in time at Suan Pakkard Palace

Photo: CC BY 2.0 Heinrich Damm
Photo: CC BY 2.0 Heinrich Damm

Experience what Thailand looked like before the modern age of skyscrapers. Graciously donated by the royal family in 1952, this quaint area consists of a lush tropical garden and tranquil ponds that surround eight traditional Thai houses. You will find each house brimming with beautiful fine art, antiques and oddities that all belonged to Prince and Princess Chumbhot.

Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 4pm
Admission fee: THB50 for Thais and THB100 for foreigners
How to get there: Get off at BTS Phaya Thai Station (N2) and go through exit No. 4. Walk around 5 minutes on Si Ayutthaya Road.

2. Explore the coastline of Bang Khun Thian

When most people come to visit Bangkok, they tend to stick to the central areas and avoid its outskirts. This is a shame, because the coastal area of Bang Khun Thian really has something unique to offer. While it may not have the pristine beaches you see in postcards of Thailand’s islands, the 5km coastline is still worth exploring for its mangrove forests and shrimp farms. Some of Thailand’s best seafood restaurants dot this coastline, so be sure to come with an appetite. This district also houses one of Bangkok’s infamous floating markets, Khun Kala Floating Market.

Opening hours: The restaurant with boat service opens every day from 11am to 9pm.
Admission fee: Boat fare is THB50 for adult and THB20 for child
How to get there: Take a 45- to 60-minute taxi ride from the city.

3. Enhance your problem solving techniques by playing an escape game

If you are ready to put your brain to the test, Escape Break Bangkok is just the place for you. The game is designed for small groups of two to seven people, making it the perfect afternoon outing for the family. You will have to work as a team to crack codes, each one leading you closer to solving the grand mystery, as you race against the clock to solve the mystery in under an hour.

Opening hours: Daily from 11am to 9pm
Admission fee: Prices range from from THB1,700 for 2 people to THB3,850 for 7 people. The recommended minimum age is 13.
How to get there: Alight at BTS Saladaeng Station (S2)

4. Bring out your adventurous spirit at Safari World

Safari World is where you can experience the African wilderness, as part of the park offers a 5km safari area that you can drive through and get up close and personal to the wild animals. After your drive, you can explore the marine park where you can catch a sea lion show or stroll through massive enclosures of tropical birds, giant fish, walruses and giraffes. In fact, for just THB40 you can buy a bucket of food and feed the giraffes yourself!

Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
Admission fee: Safari + Marine park 1,100 Baht for adult and 800 Baht for child
How to get there: Take the BTS Sukhumvit Line and get off at Mo Chit Station (N8) and go out through Exit No. 1 or 3. Take a taxi or bus 26 or 96, get off at Fashion Island Shopping Mall, and use the overpass to go to the other side.

5. Go green at Organic Supply

Organic Supply is the place to go for organic goods and drinks for your everyday needs. With over 200 brands available, this shop sells body care products, teas, household items, pet products and food. Everything is organic and much of it is local, so purchasing something is a great way to support the local Thai community. There is an adjoining cafe where you can relax and enjoy an organic smoothie or a flavour-filled organic dish or dessert.

Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 8pm
How to get there: Take a taxi to 148 Nak Niwat Rd, Khwaeng Lat Phrao, Khet Lat Phrao, Bangkok 10230

6. Take the pilot’s seat in a flight simulator

Ever wondered what it would be like to fly a real plane? Well, at Flight Experience Bangkok, you’ll get the chance to feel like a real pilot by “flying” a commercial jet in a flight simulator, the same one used by pilots for training. Step inside the fully enclosed cockpit and choose from countless routes around the world. You can fly around major landmarks like the London Bridge or Sydney Opera House, and luckily there is room in the flight deck for three so your family can share in the experience together!

Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
Admission fee: Packages start at THB4,550. The recommended minimum age is 10, but occasionally there are special classes for little aviators aged 4 and up.
How to get there: Take the BTS Sukhumvit Line and alight at Ekamai Station (E7). Take the exit to Gateway Ekamai Shopping Mall.

7. Shop at JJ Green

Photo: JJ Green
Photo: JJ Green

If you’re looking for a cool and eclectic shopping experience, JJ Green is the place to go! This market is beloved by locals as well as tourists. Here you can peruse through stalls after stalls of unique vintage goods, and whenever you need a break, there are a number of lively bars and restaurants to stop at for a drink or some grub. Favoured by many locals, JJ Green market is the perfect place for a night on the town that isn’t overcrowded with tourists!

Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday from 6pm to 1am
How to get there: Take BTS Sukhumvit Line and get off at Mo Chit Station (N8) or take the MRT and get off at Chatuchak Station.

Clearly, Bangkok offers lots of fun activities that the whole family can enjoy. It’s time to create unique and memorable experiences in Bangkok!

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Riya is a Thai girl who loves to travel. A freelance writer, she is also delighted to work with aspiring small business owners. She never stops to find new ways to enhance her productivity. To know more about Riya, follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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