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10 Family-Friendly Places In Bangkok That Don’t Involve Mall-Hopping

Bangkok’s family-friendly attractions

Many know the land of smiles as a shopping paradise, but naming it as a family fun pursuit could get you some puzzled looks. Most of us return from Bangkok with a full suitcase of goodies, but there’s more to that – hidden amusement parks and recreational activities are waiting to be found, promising a great family trip for young parents.

Besides, the 3 hour flight is enough to get children excited, yet is short enough to prevent them from getting restless, so there’s no crying onboard! More than just cheap food and affordable steals, we’ve compiled a list of these places to convince you to plan your next family vacation to Bangkok.

1. Siam Park City – Asia’s largest water park

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Holder of the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest wave pool, this amusement and water park has more to boast about than just its size. From shallow waters to the 75-meter-high Giant Drop, the attractions in Siam Park City accommodate different levels of thrill-seekers.

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The weather in Bangkok can be unforgiving, so end the day by visiting Water Park. Relax by taking a float through the lazy river, or glide your way down the Speed Slide!

Daredevils can head over to the X-Zone, where the thrill rides are Image Credit: @Siamparkcity

Address: 203 Suan Sayam Rd, Khwaeng Khan Na Yao, Khet Khan Na Yao, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10230, Thailand
Opening hours: 10AM-6PM, Daily

Recommended hotels:

Waratee Spa Resort Villa 
Siam Piman Hotel 
Near Kwan-Riam Floating Market, Fashion Island & The Promenade

2. Teddy Castle – A castle ruled by adorable teddies

A franchise of the famous Teddy House, Teddy Castle is of no doubt; a teddy bear themed castle. Get ready to be greeted by teddy knights at its entrance – no one passes without a cuddly hug.

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Inside, teddy bears of all shapes and sizes can be found. Take group photos with them or dress them up – clothes are available if you’d like to customize their appearances! Their cafe offers a variety of food, but we say go for their drinks – they’re designed as potion bottles which release a mysterious fog when opened.

The fun doesn’t stop there. A secret Wish Forest can be found at the back of the castle, housing Teddy Angels in glass bottles. Legend says that if you close your eyes and make a wish, the Teddy Angels will awaken from their sleep.

Address: 105 Thong Lo 5 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Opening hours: 10AM-8PM, Daily

Recommended hotels:

The Salil Hotel Sukhumvit 57 – Thong Lor
The residence on Thong Lor by Urban Hospitality

3. Dinosaur Planet – Run from an “escaped” raptor in a dinosaur theme park

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Dinosaur fans are bound to get excited in Dinosaur Planet. Packed with life-sized dinosaur statues, you can now up your IG game at Dinosaur Planet with a major throwback to prehistoric times.

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Information on dinosaurs are provided, along with educational rooms with ‘incubated’ eggs, fossils and digital presentations. But if you’ve ever wondered of how it feels like to be hunted by dinosaurs, go for the Raptor X-treme. Trapped in a dinosaur containment facility, you’ll have 4 minutes to solve puzzles and escape. But beware – raptors are on the loose and they’ll chase you down!

Address: 544/1 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Tan, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Opening hours: 10AM-6PM, Daily

Recommended hotels:

Marvel Hotel Bangkok
Amora NeoLuxe Hotel

4. Sheep Village – Rustic town with riverside dining

The Sheep Village is a place that still strikes a chord with vintage hearts. With a quaint restaurant by the sea, this is the perfect dinner place for families to chill and catch up on stories.

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Sheep can be found in their enclosures, lazing around or grazing, and the ducks are roam freely – if they’re coming towards you, make way! While the place is a perfect escape from city noise, the interior of the place will cause a few chuckles – vintage posters will offer you life advice to live by, while quirky Russian adverts will make you raise an eyebrow or two.

Address: 86/1 Charan Sanitwong, the River South Tower, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening hours: Mon – Thur, Sun: 11.30AM-11PM | Fri and Sat: 11.30AM-12PM

Recommended hotels:

Thamrongin Hotel
The Royal River Hotel

5. Fantasia Lagoon Water Park – Secret water park located above a shopping mall

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If you’re tired of crowded tourist spots, Fantasia Lagoon Water Park could be your escape. Situated on the rooftop of Bang Kae Mall, the visitors here are mostly locals. Get on one of the highest slides, and you’ll even be able to catch a view of the bustling city.

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The Pirate Cove Adventure is the highlight of this water park, so grab your rubber floats and climb through the cavern, the longest water slide in the park lies just ahead.

Balloon and magic shows are also available, so take note of show times. There’s a segment of the park catered specifically to kiddy rides like carousels, making this place the top choice for a family trip.

Address: Ngamwongwan Road | 6th Fl., The Mall Ngam Wong Wan, Nonthaburi 11000, Thailand
Opening hours:Mon – Fri: 10.30AM-8.30PM | Sat and Sun: 10AM-8.30PM

Recommended hotels:

J Park at Chinnakhet
Bangkok Travel Suites
Near Chatuchak Weekend Market, Union Mall & Vimamek Palace

6. Alpaca View – Feed alpacas and enjoy live bands

Multi-colored houses, a replica of the Eiffel Tower, and a statue of Mario – the entrance of Feed The Barnyard – Alpaca View may look quirky at first, but its lively atmosphere somehow makes this eclectic combination work.

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Alpacas are fenced outside the building, occasionally grazing or socializing with visitors. Alpacas are generally gentle, but try not to startle them – we hear they might spit when provoked. There will also be horses, donkeys and rabbits, along with little piglets that will vie for your attention. If you’re interested in feeding them, kibbles and carrots can be purchased for a small fee.

Visit the Thai restaurant to end your day with dinner by the riverside.

Address: 111 Soi Lat Phrao Wang Hin 71, Lat Phrao Wang Hin Rd., Bangkok 10230, Thailand Opening hours: 5PM-12AM, Daily

Recommended hotels:

Chaophhya Park Hotel
Northgate Ratchayothin

7. Kidzania – Where kids get to experience “real” jobs

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From doctors to C.S.I. detectives, children will go through real life job experiences at Kidzania. Unlike the usual ~boring~ information boards at educational centres, Kidzania provides kids with uniforms and hands-on experiences for a fun learning experience.

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If your kiddo wants to be a fireman, he’ll get to travel around in a mini fire engine, and will arrive at a ‘burning’ site where he’ll get a water hose to extinguish the ‘fire’. If they choose to work in a milk bottling plant, kids will learn of the bottling and sanitation processes, and get to bring home a bottle of their own.

With more than 70 jobs available, children will have a fun time of discovery and learning. Plus, no one works without getting their pay – Kidzo money can be cashed out and used at the souvenir store, allowing kids to get a momento of their hard work.

Note: Kidzania is also available in Singapore, but there are exclusive jobs in the Bangkok outlet like The Barber Shop,Green Tea factory and Magic Studio.

Address: 991, Rama I Road | 5th Floor, Siam Paragon Department Store, Bangkok 10330, Thailand Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 10AM-5PM | Sat and Sun: 10.30AM-8.30PM

Recommended hotels:

Mandarin Hotel managed by Centre Point
Pathumwan Princess Hotel

8. Hajime Robot Restaurant – Dancing robots serve you food

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The future is ever changing, but you’d never think of getting served by a robot in 2017. In Hajime Robot Restaurant, sci-fi boundaries are challenged as samurai robots take the place of humans and serve you trays of food.

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The restaurant is best known for its yakiniku and shabu shabu, and patrons can choose a variety of ingredients to grill or boil in a flavorful broth. A buffet option is also available, complete with appetizers, sushi and dessert.

As the robots are very delicate, a glass panel separates them from any human interference. Place your orders on the touchscreen, and they’ll deliver them to your table through a window. Occasionally, the robots will dance along to music, providing a unique mealtime performance.

Address: Soi 61, Rama 3 Rd | Monopoly Park plaza, 3rd Floor, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Opening hours: 11AM-10PM, Daily

Recommended hotels:

Novotel bangkok On Siam Square
Centre Point Hotel Chitlom

9. Mr Jones Orphanage – Dessert cafe with soft toys and photogenic cakes

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Whimsically themed, Mr Jones Orphanage boasts a beautiful ceiling of crafted wooden gears, soft toys, and a giant clock. With railway tracks surrounding the entire cafe, toy trains will occasionally whistle by as you have your meal.

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The ornaments here are not the only notable points. Artisan cakes and pastries are placed on beautifully-tiered sets, with some housed in glass domes. Flavors such as Lemon Meringue, Rocky Road, and even Oreo Pie are offered – we recommend to get a few for sharing.

The cafe then outdoes itself with a secret attic, where children can run around and play with toys such as Lego and teddy bears.

Address: 285 Sukhumvit Soi 19 | G Floor, Seen Space, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Opening hours: 10AM-12AM, Daily

Recommended hotels:

Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok 
Arte Hotel

10. Dream World – Extreme theme park with street performances

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Located at the outskirts of Bangkok, Dream World is an amusement park that most tourists are unaware of. Value for money, the entrance fee (1,000 baht for adults, free entry for children below 90cm) entitles you to all rides, cable car trips, a lunch buffet and an entrance to Snow Town.

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Extreme rides are Dream World‘s forte – The Tornado travels 7-storeys into the air, swinging and spinning at 75km/h, while Sky Coaster brings you on a trip of screams. The Grand Canyon is a water ride through the rapids, so you’ll never know of what’s at the next turn.

And if having fun makes you hungry, go for snack options such as Tornado Potatoes and milkshakes at their various food stalls. Shows and street performances are also held, so be sure to catch them all.

Address: 62 Moo 1, Rungsit-Ongkarak Road (Kilometer 7th), Bueng Yitho, Thanyaburi 12130, Thailand Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 10AM-5PM | Sat and Sun: 10AM-7PM

Recommended hotels:

J Park at Chinnakhet
Bangkok Travel Suites
Near Chatuchak Weekend Market, Union Mall & Vimamek Palace

Win a 3D2N stay in BKK with Expedia

Take a break from all that shopping, and gather your friends and family for your next BKK trip – the more the merrier. And while budget is always a factor to consider when travelling, seasoned travellers have their own hacks to cut costs. One such cost-cutting trick is to use travel r sites such as Expedia to find the cheapest flights + hotel combinations.

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Expedia uses an intelligent algorithm to scour the internet, comparing prices for flights and hotels and displaying the best deals available. They also have regular promotions that provide discounts on top of these deals, saving you money and time you’d have otherwise spent manually comparing between websites.

They’re having one such promotion now, with promotions on deals to Bangkok if you book from now till 31st July, valid for trips till 10th September 2017.

Plus, if you’re feeling lucky, Expedia is holding a 3D2N giveaway to stays in these 3 hotels, breakfast included:

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Grand Diamond Suites Hotel Image credit: Grand Diamond Suites

Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queens Park Image Credit: Marriot

All you have to win a 3D2N stay at these hotels is:

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