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Bucket List: Bangkok for Babies

By May 14, 2015September 11th, 2020One Comment

Asian woman with a baby in Bangkok

Same same, but different – that is the Thai way. You’ll notice right away upon arriving in the capital city of Bangkok that this sentiment is true, as spirituality, food, tradition, art and architecture are all revered and respected there just like throughout the rest of the world.

Our friend Becky Horace has been living as an expat in Bangkok for a while now with her partner and young son. It inspires us to get there soon ourselves for an incredible Thai adventure!

Tips on Bangkok Before Leaving

Each season brings a new experience for the traveling family in Bangkok. While coolest in December and January, that’s also the busiest tourist season. June through October brings rain, so a covered stroller and umbrellas will be needed. Humidity and local bugs are completely tolerable, but packing tons of extra sunblock, insect repellent and cortisone for itching will keep everyone comfortable.

Lots of people will speak English in the more touristy areas, but it’s best to always carry a map in English with you. That way you can navigate the streets, public transportation and hit all the hotspots without asking for directions. Also, consider conservative clothing for you and your family if you plan to visit temples, as they tend to take holy sites seriously and require certain dress codes.

Bangkok’s Best Attractions

While a little hectic, it would be a shame to not visit some of Bangkok’s iconic temples. Easygoing little ones can hop in strollers and be walked about the squares surrounding Wat Pho and Wat Arun. If they’re a little sleepy, you can have a quick peek inside some of the royal palaces as well, including Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace. Try to go in the morning when it’s less crowded.

More kid-centric attractions can be found all over Bangkok too. Have some fun photo-ops with your baby at the Thailand Cultural Center, where they are hosting interactive 3D artworks to pose with. Siam Ocean World is another crowd pleaser as Southeast Asia’s biggest aquarium. Have a relaxing afternoon in Lumpini Park, where there is a fun playground and scampering monitor lizards about your baby can point out with a squeal.

Choosing Accommodation

Stay downtown in the heart of the action when deciding on your Bangkok hotels. That way you and your baby can see everything, but still have a home base that is close by if you need to take a break and relax. The Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel is always a great bet for luxurious amenities, such as spa toiletries, complimentary crib rentals, onsite laundry and free parking. If you’d like child care assistance and being surrounded by other families, stay at the Royal Princess Larn Luang, close to the temple of the Emerald Buddha. Rooms are wonderfully spacious and there is a restaurant and pool onsite.

Take it slow and savor every moment of your Bangkok adventure. It could be the ideal gateway to even more wonderful experiences throughout Southeast Asia for you and your family.

Let us know if we can help in achieving your travel goals, we love to offer personal tips and advice – ask away.

Eileen Cotter Wright

Author Eileen Cotter Wright

Eileen Cotter is a freelance travel journalist and owner of Pure Wander. She's our resident expat extraordinaire and falls down a lot in yoga class. Follow her on Twitter @Crooked_Flight

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  • Becky says:

    Thanks for the shout out girls! Hope you are well and can
    make it to Bangkok eventually! Our tour will be coming to an end this year and we will start traveling all over the U.S. So I know your magazine will help us plan!

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