Things to do with kids in Bangkok

Must-see fun Bangkok sights with kids

Bangkok is one of the most exciting and dynamic cities in Southeast Asia. You’ll never be stuck with what to do in Bangkok with kids. You can head to a plethora of parks or take a day trip to Ayutthaya. There’s so much more on offer...

  1. Have a walk or picnic in Santichaiprakan Park
  2. Enjoy a stroll around Dusit Park
  3. Visit Bangkok’s oldest park
  4. Head to Ayutthaya for a rewarding day trip to the Ayutthaya Historical
  5. Have a day in Siam Park city
  6. Watch a thrilling takraw match
  7. Enjoy a theatre show in Bangkok

Take a look at our fantastic Bangkok holidays and you’ll instantly be tempted to visit the exciting country of Thailand. The whole family can enjoy the capital city, from watching a thrilling theatre show to visiting interesting museums.

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1. Have a walk or picnic in Santichaiprakan Park

The Santichaiprakan Park is a favourite riverside spot for locals to picnic. A stroll along the cement walkway south from the park takes you past a handful of impressive residences built by Bangkok aristocrats in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It’s a fantastic place to take a stroll and have a few hours away from the rush of the city.

Best for: Green-fingered travellers

While you’re there: There are plenty of eateries closeby. Try Sukothai Noodles Restaurant for some tasty lunch.

2. Enjoy a stroll around Dusit Park

The main southern entrance into Dusit Park (free for Grand Palace ticketholders), opened to the public by the former king who preferred to reside at the newer Chitrlada Palace nearby. Kids will love exploring the Royal Elephant Museum, the national animal of Thailand.

Best for: Unique museum

While you’re there: The Museum of Floral Culture is also a great spot which houses Thai floral arrangements in Dusit Park.

3. Visit Bangkok’s oldest park

South of the Erawan Shrine, Bangkok’s oldest public park, Lumphini Park was established on crown land given to the city by Rama VI in 1925. He invited farmers and merchants to mount an exhibition of local products and natural resources for a year, and afterwards named the 14-hectare (35-acre) grounds Lumphini Park (the Thai pronunciation of Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha in Nepal). Interspersed among spacious grassy tracts stand the city’s oldest public library, a dance hall, a youth centre, a tea shop and a weightlifting area. A statue of Rama VI stands at the southwestern entrance to the park. It’s one of the best things to do in Bangkok with kids as it’s another great place to enjoy a tranquil walk and escape the rush of the city’s streets.

Best for: Green space

While you’re there: From mid-February until April, during the kite-flying season, the park is full of kites, which you can also buy here.

4. Head to Ayutthaya for a rewarding day trip to the Ayutthaya Historical

Today, Ayutthaya (about an hour outside of Bangkok) has preserved many of its Buddhist temple ruins, which together make up Ayutthaya Historical Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Regular buses and trains to Ayutthaya leave Mo Chit bus terminal and Hualamphong station in Bangkok, but the most pleasant way to get here is by boat - several agencies offer day trips.

Best for: A day trip

While you’re there: The Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre offers further insight into Ayutthaya’s history.

5. Have a day in Siam Park city

Siam Park City has a water park with wave pools and a children’s playground. It’s the oldest amusement park complex in this area of the world and is home to a huge selection of rides. It’s certainly one of the most fun things to do with children in Bangkok. Hop onto one of the rollercoasters if you dare!

Best for: Amusement park

While you’re there: Outside Bangkok Safari World is home to a safari and marine parks.

6. Watch a thrilling takraw match

If your kids love sports, they might like learning about a national sport in Thailand, takraw. In takraw several players stand in a circle (the size of the circle depends on the number of players) and try to keep a 12cm (5in) rattan ball aloft by kicking it from one player to another, earning points for style and technique. A more modern variation uses a volleyball court, and is played much like volleyball (with only the feet and head allowed to touch the ball). In yet another variation, players kick the ball into a loosely woven hoop suspended 4.5m (15ft) above the ground. Regular matches are held at National Stadium the (Rama I Road), in Lumpini Park and on school grounds and university campuses throughout the city.

Best for: Sport fans

While you’re there: Thai kickboxing (muay thai) is practised at several government-owned stadiums in and around Bangkok.

7. Enjoy a theatre show in Bangkok

Known in Thai as Sala Chalerm Krung, the Chalermkrung Royal Theatre is one of Bangkok’s top venues for khon (classical masked dance drama). The 1933 Thai Deco cinema has a 170 member dance troupe that combines superb costuming, set design, dancing and music. Performances are usually on Thursdays and Fridays and last two hours with an interval.

Best for: Theatre fans

While you’re there: Aksra Theatre mixes Thai and other Asian puppetry with cultural performances and mainstream popular theatre.

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