Bangkok used to be a tough city with children—it’s often hot and crowded, and most of the attractions involve walking around Buddhist temples and historical landmarks. However, in recent years Bangkok has exploded with family-friendly activities and now has some great zoos, safari parks, water parks, fun fairs and theme parks, most of which are in the suburbs and which operate all year round. Shopping malls usually provide some entertainment activities and there are seaside resorts within a few hours’ drive.
1. Children’s Discovery Museum. A sophisticated, wildly fun place where your kids will learn all about science and cultural history in the most hands-on ways possible. Best for ages 5 through 10.
2. Dusit Zoo. This well-maintained, pleasant zoo is the largest in the country and one of Asia’s biggest. It’s home to some 300 species, including a large number of radiantly colorful birds, plus tigers, tapirs, and elephants.
3. Siam Park City. Not only is there a blissfully cooling water park, but Siam Park also has a safari area, scary roller coasters, a Jurassic Park-themed area, and more.
4. Joe Louis Puppet Theatre. This is not Punch and Judy—it’s more of a cultural performance. Every night you can see a reenactment of the Hindu classic Ramayana featuring beautifully hand-carved puppets.
5. Siam Ocean World. For an aquarium in the basement of the mall, there’s a lot to see and do here. And when you’re done, Mom and Dad can go shopping.
6. Snake Farm. Created to “milk” snakes for anti-venom, the facility is now open to families who enjoy the creepy crawly side of nature (and getting photos taken with giant pythons). If that’s not your child steer clear—some folks find this place nightmare-inducing.
7. Dream World. The city’s largest theme park is geared towards a younger crowd than tend to go to Siam City Park (which is more for teens and tweens). Here you’ll find train rides past re-creations of great world monuments (hello tiny Great Wall of China!), gentle amusement park rides, lots of teddy bears and parades.. A sophisticated, wildly fun place where your kids will learn all about science and cultural history in the most hands-on ways possible. Best for ages 5 through 10.
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