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Siam with Kids: How to decide...

Siam with Kids: How to decide..." />

If a combination of shopping and fun is your intention in Bangkok, then you should base yourself in Siam. This compact area has more attractions catering especially to kids than anywhere else in Bangkok, most of them tucked away in shopping malls. For example, Siam Paragon offers the largest aquarium in Thailand and Kidzania, a fantastic children’s play centre, while Madame Tussaud’s wax works is in Siam Discovery, with MBK and CentralWorld offering plenty more kids’ activities, too. Elsewhere, there is The BACC, the biggest art gallery in Bangkok, and the beautiful grounds of Jim Thompson’s House.

Both the Silom and Sukhumvit BTS Skytrain lines intersect at Siam Station so you can hop around the city quite easily.

What's Good:

  • Loads of family activities and attractions
  • Best shopping in Bangkok
  • Compact area, easy to walk around
  • Excellent transport links

What's Not so Good:

  • Lacks an authentic Thai ambiance
 
 

Riverside with Kids: How to decide...

Riverside with Kids: How to decide..." />

The calm, relaxed holiday vibe found along the Bangkok Riverside is the perfect antidote to the traffic and hectic nature of most of Bangkok. This is where many of the city’s finest hotels are found, often with resort-style facilities that would grace any of the world’s premier tourist destinations: multiple swimming pools, kids’ clubs, tennis courts, timetabled fitness itineraries and water taxis ferrying guests up and down the Chao Phraya River.

Many of Bangkok’s finest temples and palaces are located on the banks of the river, so staying here will give you the charming opportunity of arriving at a cultural attraction by boat. For something more suited to young children, head to Asiatique from 17:00 onwards for loads of shows and interesting sights – Muay Thai Live, in particular.

What's Good:

  • Relaxed, holiday vibe
  • Constant river breezes make daytime exploration more enjoyable
  • Asiatique Night Market

What’s Not so Good:

  • Generally higher-end hotels mean it’s more expensive than other areas of Bangkok
  • Quite far from downtown (depending how close you hotel is from the BTS Skytrain)

Sukhumvit with Kids: How to decide...

Sukhumvit with Kids: How to decide..." />

Sukhumvit is the most popular tourist district in Bangkok. Popular with repeat visitors and expats, you will find an impressive range of restaurants and shops here, although it is a little lacking in cultural sightseeing experiences. The BTS Skytrain line makes travel quick and easy, even during the dreaded rush hour traffic.

Kids will love the variety of activities found in shopping malls up and down Sukhumvit Road, including live puzzle escape games, flight simulators, luxury cinemas and children’s adventure playgrounds.

What's Good:

  • Lots of shopping mall-based kids activities
  • Excellent variety of restaurants covering every regional cuisine
  • BTS Skytrain makes it easy to get around
  • Easy to get a taxi

What’s Not so Good:

  • Intense street life around the Nana area of Sukhumvit (Soi 4 to Soi 11)
  • Sukhumvit is a very large area and attractions are widely spaced
  • Few cultural attractions
  • Frequent traffic jams

Silom with Kids: How to decide...

Silom with Kids: How to decide..." />

Part of the city's main business and financial district, Silom is short on traditional tourist attractions, but high on modern energy – glass-and-steel office buildings, restaurants, street markets, Lumpini Park at one end and the Chao Phraya River at the other. In fact, Silom is one of the liveliest and more popular areas in town.

What makes Silom a great area for families visiting Bangkok is its proximity to all other areas of the city. Depending on where you stay along its 4.5km length, Silom places you roughly halfway between the Riverside and main shopping areas like Siam. If you are planning on visiting many areas of Bangkok, then basing yourselves in Silom is a wise move.

What's Good:

  • Close proximity to many areas of Bangkok makes it a good base for hopping around the city
  • Lumpini Park offers a pleasant break from the bustling city
  • Fascinating mix of old and new Bangkok

What’s Not so Good:

  • Lack of kids attractions
  • Very busy until late at night
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