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Family-friendly Adventures in Bangkok - Interactive Museums, Wildlife Attractions, and City Parks

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Bangkok is well known for its lively nightlife and sacred temples. But you don't have to be a grown-up passionate about culture or clubbing to make the most of the city, as there's a lot to entertain little ones too. From exploring bustling markets and travelling by tuk-tuk, to visiting a snake farm and sailing down a khlong (canal), the Thai capital is a feast for kids' senses.

Aquariums and wildlife attractions

 

Bangkok has some brilliant wildlife-spotting options, so why not plan your own urban safari? Starting underwater, SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World offers the chance to stroll over a shark tank and watch Gentoo penguins waddling around. Back on dry land, the snake farm at Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute attracts crowds with its collection of venomous snakes, while children delight in feeding turtles at Wat Prayoon, a temple built in the 19th century.

 

SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World

 

A huge, modern aquarium with an ocean tunnel to walk through, a 5D cinema screening multi-sensory shows, and exploration zones inhabited by sea creatures from all around the world.

 

Siam Paragon, B1-B2 Floor, 991 Rama 1 Rd, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330Tel: +66 2 687 2000

 

SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World website

 

Wat Prayoon

 

Built by Rama III, this gleaming white temple has a pool filled with turtles, making it one of Bangkok's most child-friendly spiritual sites. After wandering around the museum, you can have fun feeding the turtles.

 

Prachathipok Road, Thonburi, Bangkok. Tel: +66 2 465 5592

 

Wat Prayoon website

Interactive entertainment

 

It's easy to find hands-on fun for children in Bangkok. KidZania, in the Siam Paragon shopping mall, is perfect for kids who love to act. They can try out 80 professions, including being a pilot, a journalist, and a sushi chef. At Madame Tussauds your brood can pose with all the usual Hollywood celebs, plus Asian political and religious leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi and the Dalai Lama. Imaginative games, striking sculptures, and video animations bring the story of Thai identity to life at the Museum of Siam.

 

KidZania Bangkok

 

An imaginative mini-city for kids, where adults are definitely second-class citizens for the day! Children can sample an impressive choice of grown-up environments, from an airport to a hospital, while parents watch from the sidelines.

 

Siam Paragon, 5th Floor, 991 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330. Tel: +66 2 683 1888

 

KidZania Bangkok website

 

Museum of Siam

 

An interactive museum making creative use of modern technology to educate visitors about Thai history and identity. Movies, games, and art installations are a winning combination for curious kids.

 

4 Sanam Chai Road, Bangkok. Tel: +66 2 622 2599

 

Museum of Siam website

 

Markets, tuk-tuks, and boat rides

 

An exhilarating tuk-tuk ride is a classic Bangkok experience and kids will love weaving through the traffic in a bright-coloured three-wheeler. To show your family a different view of the Thai capital, you can hire a teak boat to sail along the city's khlongs, passing historical monuments and ancient temples. Glide through boats stocked with mangoes and bananas at Amphawa Floating Market, and make a lunch stop to sample seafood, which is grilled in front of you.

 

Pandan Tour

 

Family-friendly boat company organizing tours of Bangkok's waterways in teak boats.

 

Tel: +66 87 109 8873

 

Pandan Tour website

 

Amphawa Floating Market

 

Kids' senses will go into overdrive at this traditional floating market lined with food stalls. They can hone their bargaining skills by haggling for souvenirs, then feast on seafood grilled on wooden boats.

 

Samut Songkhram, Bangkok. Tel: +66 80 224 3641

 

 

Fun for free: city parks

 

Entrance fees can stack up on a family city break, but Bangkok has some great parks that you can enjoy for free. Lumpini Park is a calm oasis in the capital, with monitor lizards roaming around, paddle boat rides on the lake, and a playground for little ones. Tranquil Benjasiri Park is another place where families can retreat from the busy city streets. It has a couple of playgrounds where kids can burn off their energy, as well as contemporary sculptures for adults to admire.

 

Lumpini Park

 

A leafy haven in Bangkok's business district, Lumpini Park is a large public space with an artificial lake, a playground, and plenty of paths for kids to explore.

 

Rama IV Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok.