Thinking of a destination for your next family holiday? Bangkok, the city of ornate shrines, vivacious street life and spicy food seems like an unlikely choice, but Little Steps has searched the nooks and crannies of the city for the most toddler-friendly attractions in Bangkok for you and your family! Before you set off, check out our travel and transport tips below.
Travel Tips For Traveling To Bangkok With Toddlers:
* Opt for priority queues at Suvarnabhumi International Airport at arrival and departure immigration lines. These queues will save you time especially during peak travel periods.
* Pack a portable changing mat as changing rooms are not readily available in most major shopping malls.
* Bring a travel chair harness for babies and tots as baby high chairs are not always available at restos around the city.
Transport Tips For Traveling To Bangkok With Toddlers:
* Download vehicle-hire apps such as Grab and Uber for ease of booking taxis or private cars. Alternatively, the BTS and MRT train systems are reliable and easy to get around. Be sure to keep small change (coins) for the purchase of tickets at the stations.
* For ease of travel, use a baby carrier as most streets within Bangkok are not stroller-friendly.
Originally constructed as a private botanic garden for King Rama V, it was opened to the public in 1938. It is the oldest zoological park in Thailand, located right in the heart of Bangkok city center. Dusit Zoo is home to more than 1600 species of animals. The rare highlights of the zoo include the Albino barking deer and white Bengal tiger. Entrance fee is 150 Baht for adults, 70 Baht for children and free for kids below the height of 135cm! The premises are stroller friendly too - perfect for an adventure with toddlers.
Getting there: Take the BTS Sukhumvit line, get off at Victory Monument Station (N3), take Exit 3 facing Rajavithee Road and catch a taxi or bus no. 18, 28, 108, 528, 515, 539 or 542.
Dusit Zoo, 71 Rama V Rd, Dusit Bangkok Thailand 10300, +66 2281 2000, www.dusitzoothailand.org/en/index.php. Opens daily 8am – 6pm.
Formerly the residence of King Rama I to King Rama V of the Rattanakosin Kingdom, the Grand Palace is one of the most revered and historical site in Thailand. Presently, it is utilized primarily for royal ceremonies and diplomatic state functions. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is situated within the palace grounds. There is a strict dress code for visitors – Long trousers, sleeved shirts and covered shoes for men, modest clothing and covered shoes for women. Clothes rental is available at the temple grounds. Entrance fee is 500 Baht per person and free for children below 6 years old.
Getting there: Take BTS Skytrain to Taksin Station. From there, take Chao Phraya River Express boat to Tha Chang Wang Luang Pier. The Grand Palace is a 5-minute walk from the pier.
Grand Palace, Na Phra Lan Road, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok Thailand 10200, +66 2623 5500, www.tourismthailand.org/Attraction/The-Grand-Palace—52/. Opens daily 8:30am – 3:30pm (May be closed for State functions or Royal ceremonies occasionally).
Funarium is the largest indoor playground in Bangkok! The large entertainment center is constructed within a fully air-conditioned warehouse. It consists of gigantic climbing structures, obstacle courses, cycling tracks, basketball and soccer courts, arts and craft and baking stations, sensory play corners and many more! There is a dedicated area for toddlers with a ball pit, sensory play area, padded obstacle courses and slides. Parents and tots can catch a break at the indoor café, equipped with high chairs of various sizes, diaper changing facilities and nursing rooms. Like many indoor playgrounds, you are required to wear socks or purchase a pair from the counter for 75 Baht. Entrance fee varies according to kids' heights and duration of play.
Getting there: Take BTS Skytrain to Phrom Pong station and take a taxi or private vehicle from there.
Funarium, 111/1 Sukhumvit 26, Bangkok Thailand 10110, +66 2665 6555, www.funarium.co.th. Opens daily 9am – 7pm.
A great option for rainy days or when you need indoor things to do with toddlers in Bangkok. This is the ultimate indoor playground which engages kids through creative activities and multi-media technology. Spanning over two levels, Imaginia consists of multiple play stations, suitable for children aged two and above. The individual studios and activity area allow kiddos to explore independently in a safe and engaging environment. Look out for story-telling and special project time slots to participate in creative and fun in-house activities. Socks are a must for this playground. Lockers are provided for storage of personal belongings. Admission fee varies according to the child’s heights and duration of play.
Getting there: Take BTS Skytrain to Phrom Pong station and take a short walk to Emporium Shopping Complex. Imaginia is located at Level 3 of the mall.
Imaginia Playland, Emporium Shopping Complex, 24 Sukhumvit Road, Klongton, Klongtoey, Bangkok Thailand 10110, +66 2664 8337, www.imaginiaplayland.com. Opens daily 10am – 7pm.
The Sea Life Aquarium is one of the largest in South East Asia and definitely one of the most child-friendly one. Little ones could get up close and personal with some to the sea creatures in the touch pool. The numerous tunnels, play area, and activity boards will keep your tots engaged and busy. Admission fee is 990 Baht for adults, 790 Baht for kids aged 3 to 11 years. Book your tickets from their website to avoid snaking queues at the ticketing station.
Getting there: Take BTS Skytrain to Siam station and take a short walk to Siam Paragon. Sea Life Ocean World is located at Level B1 of the mall.
Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World, Siam Paragon, 991 Rama I Road, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Bangkok Thailand 10330, +66 2687 2000, www.sealifebangkok.com.en. Opens daily 10am – 9pm.
Getting there: Take the MRT to Hualamphong station and take a taxi or tuk-tuk from there.
Yaowarat, Yaowarat Road, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok Thailand. Opens daily from 6am.
Lumphini Park is a quiet urban retreat where visitors could escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Playgrounds within the park will keep little ones occupied for hours. Boat rentals are available at the artificial lake which overlooks the Bangkok central business district. Monitor lizards can be spotted frequently at the park as well!
Getting there: Take BTS Skytrain to Sala Daeng station or the MRT to Si Lom station and take a short walk to the park.
Lumphini Park, 139/4 Thanon Witthayu, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Bangkok Thailand 10330, +66 2252 7006. Opens daily 5am – 9pm.
Getting there: Take BTS Skytrain to Siam Station. Take a short 5 minutes walk to Siam Square. The café is located next to Hard Rock Café.
Little Zoo Café, 420 Siam Square 11 Alley. Lhwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Bangkok Thailand 10330. +66 92448 1116, www.littlezoocafe.com. Opens daily 10:30am – 7pm.
Located in Nonthaburi, the outskirts of Bangkok, the Central Plaza Westgate Mall is one of the biggest and most family-friendly malls. Each level is equipped with nursing rooms, water dispensers, and diaper changing facilities. There are even ensuite restrooms within these facilities for adult caregivers! Special features within the mall include a music garden, Kid Cinema, and kiddy play areas. With an extensive selection of stores and dining options, you and your little ones will be spoilt for choice!
Getting there: Take the MRT to Talat Bang Yai station and take a short walk to the mall.
Central Plaza Westgate, 199, 199/1, 199/2, Moo 6, Sao Thong Hin, Bang Yai Thailand 11140, +66 83426 7067, www.centralplaza.co.th/westgate/. Opens daily 10am – 9pm.