Bangkok – Alternative Bangkok with the kids, what to see & do

As tempting as the air conditioning may be, you can’t spend all day in shopping malls, so when you’re ready to venture out these are our top choices to go when travelling with the kids or just as a couple, keeping in mind we don’t like walking too long in heat!!!

smp-ancientcity01Muang Boran also known as “The Ancient City”

The Ancient City has a wide range of architectural symbols combined with fine arts and craftsmanship in a natural environment. The Ancient City creates a kind of atmosphere that induces visitors to the history, cultures, religions, arts, and customs of Thai people.


The Grounds are amazingly beautiful, there’s so much to see and do and plenty of photo opportunities when you walk in amongst the stunning architecture.


The best suggestion I can and to get the most of your day is to hire a bike or a golf cart. We hired a golf cart which can hold up to six people comfortably.  The golf cart gave us shade with the canopy and also a cool breeze as we drove around the grounds. We had so much fun with the kids taking turns steering the cart while we drove around this amazing place.

We spent 7 hours here and it could have been more. We had lunch in the area known as the floating market which was also delicious.

Its worth noting that there is a beautiful gold temple you will want to go and see however woman need to bring an item of clothing that covers your knees and shoulders. 

bkk-thonburicanal12A Longtail boat ride through the canals of Bangkok.

Again we enjoyed this because we didn’t have to walk in the relentless heat and also the kids enjoyed a very different experience to their ‘normal’ NZ life. 

To take this trip head down to Saphan Taksin pier, which is located underneath Saphan Taksin BTS (Sky Train). There will be guys from the Chao Praya River Tours holding up signs for tours. Your options are pretty straightforward, you hire the boast from 1 to 4 hours, so it’s really up to you how much time you have.


We took the one hour tour around the Klongs (Canals) of Bangkok. The trip in itself is an eye opener from the wonderful scenes of daily Thai living to some awful plastic pollution that is starting to take over the world at the moment.

The children did, of course, have lifejackets and adults are issued with life jackets too.

This is another opportunity for those who love photography, history and people watching. The kids loved it so much, they fell asleep!!

SNdrP-ChaoChao Phraya River dinner cruise.

Same river different experience, to the long tail boat ride. This is a very pleasant way to spend your evening in Bangkok. As the cool gentle breeze rolls by, you get to see Bangkok come to life at night but from more relaxed surroundings.

Cruise slowly down the river whilst enjoying authentic Thai cuisine and seeing some of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks like the Wat Arun “The Temple of Dawn” and the Royal Palace.


We sailed on the Chao Phraya Princess, The food was a buffet type arrangement which was a really good standard. We took the kids strollers onboard and the staff were really helpful given we had the children.

We made a booking online directly with Chao Phraya Princess, prices are B1500 for adults, children aged 5-12 B1100 and under 5 are FREE. The cruise leaves from River City Pier, I would advise to a take taxi here.

sven-scheuermeier-130282-unsplashLumphini Park

If you are looking for some nice urban green space than the massive Lumpini Park in central Bangkok is the place to go.

There’s a playground, lots of walking paths,  an outdoor gym, paddle boats. It’s especially nice in the evening just before sunset when the heat of the day is starting to cool. You’ll notice Bangkok’s urban fitness fanatics come out around this time for a jog around the park.

Very easy to get to, there is an MRT (Underground) stop Lumphini directly outside the park.




asiatique_stock_oAsiatique – Riverfront night market

The big flashy night market is a great way to spend an evening. It ’s more like a large shopping complex with many dining options than a market. It’s very clean tidy and easy to get around with a stroller.

There are 4 different complexes ranging from the Factory District filled with 1500 small shops to the Waterfront District filled with fancy restaurants and event venues. There are puppet shows at the Joe Louis Puppet Theater. 

You can arrive here by a free Asiatique branded boat from Saphan Taksin BTS sky train station.


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