Bangkok, Thailand – With Kids

This post may contain affiliate links. By clicking on one of the links below, I may get a commission if you make a purchase at absolutely no additional charge to you. This helps offset the costs of running this blog and I appreciate your support. Please see my disclosure policy for more.

Most people have a list of places they want to travel to at some point in their life (Even my 3yr old). I on the other hand don’t really have a list. Truthfully, our family travel is based on where Aiden wants to go, cheap air fare, airline points, weather and many other factors.

Visiting Asia crossed my mind several times. I knew that if I did, Thailand would be the first country on my list. When I came across cheap tickets to Thailand, I didn’t have to think twice and immediately booked it. The cheapest ticket I’ve seen to Thailand so far is $350-$420 from LAX, so if you find a deal in that range, don’t hesitate to book it !!

There are lots of cities in Thailand to visit, and I narrowed down our choices to Bangkok and Phuket. After watching “The Bachelor”, even though I know it may have been highly exaggerated, I was curious about Bangkok. As for Phuket, I wanted to get to Phi Phi Island and I knew I could do a day tour from Phuket. I also checked to see how much a flight from Bangkok to Phuket would cost. I was happy when I found flights for as cheap as $36. I immediately purchased our tickets to fly into Bangkok from Los Angeles and fly out of Phuket to Los Angeles.

We flew to Bangkok from LAX and we had a very long layover in Beijing which I booked on purpose so we could do some sightseeing. (Click HERE to read about our Beijing trip). After a day and a half in Beijing, I was excited to leave. I was finally going to Thailand and I wondered if it would live up to my expectations. Before I tell you about our stay, I’m just going to let the cat out of the bag; Thailand lived up to my expectations and so much more.

We flew Air China from Los Angeles to Beijing and from Beijing to Bangkok. The food served on the airplane was bleh. It was about a 6hr flight, and as usual Aiden slept through the flight or maybe I did (the photo my husband snapped below says otherwise) .

We arrived in Bangkok at about 5pm. As soon as I turned my phone on, I received the dreaded message from Verizon “Welcome to Thailand $10 a day bla”. My Advice – buy a sim card at the airport. My husband got one for about 6000 Thai Baht which is equivalent to $10 and it worked perfectly well. It also had about 5gb of internet on it and when my internet didn’t work well I was able to tether from his phone. It’s much better than racking up a daily fee with your service provider (I’m nervous for the bill Verizon will send to us, lol).

The first thing I noticed in Bangkok is that lots of people at the airport spoke English. In Beijing, we did not meet anyone at the airport who spoke English, so asking for help was a lost cause (Remember to download a translator before taking a trip to Beijing or any other country for that matter. It helped us a ton). After my phone was on for a few minutes and it picked up my location, I got a pop up from Uber. Uber is sleek; the app knows when you are the airport and usually suggests that you get a ride. Well, perfect timing right. I prefer Lyft, but will use Uber too. I immediately requested for a ride on the Uber App and within about 5 minutes our Uber driver arrived to pick us up. He was such a nice gentleman and we chatted the entire 40 minute ride to our hotel. I was so happy with his service that I tipped him what our ride cost us in cash. First of all let me tell you this, Thailand is so cheap. Our 40 minute ride only costs us 425 Thai Baht which is the equivalent of $12.50.

Day 1

We checked into our first hotel – Millennium Hilton Bangkok and we were upgraded to a spacious family room with a lovely view of the river. We booked this hotel on Hilton Points. One of the reasons why I love Thailand, super affordable, and points go a longggggg way.

The first thing I asked the lady at the reception was “Where can we eat authentic Thai food.” If you know me well, then you know my love for Thai food. She told us about a small restaurant a quick walk from the hotel so we rushed there. We were seated and it didn’t take long for us to order our food. The menu was familiar so I felt at home. The service was fast and the food was so good. It seemed like it had been ages since we had a good meal (between plane from and Chinese food) so we enjoyed every bit of our dinner.

(Phone memory erased so we lost quite a few photos, and especially of all the yummy food we ate)

After dinner, we rushed back to the hotel, took a long cold shower and fell asleep. We are so exhausted.

Day 2

We were up bright and early this morning after a good night’s sleep. We went down stairs for breakfast and my oh my, there was so much to eat. American, Indian, Asian you name it – the buffet had a variety of foods. “Come hungry, leave happy” should be their slogan. We had breakfast and immediately set out to explore.

I don’t know how I missed saying this earlier, but Bangkok is HOT. Think about sweating in areas you didn’t even know existed. Picture sweat, and now picture it dripping, like rain, lol! Everywhere!! Sorry I know that’s TMI, but I wanted you to understand how hot and humid it was. I love hot weather, so I was okay. Hot but Okay

mr cool

mr cooler

mr coolest

Our hotel was by the river, so we took the free hotel offered boat shuttle to another docking station, and then took the river shuttle from there and got off on the exit to the Grand Palace.

waiting at the docking station

hilton hotel shuttle

buying tickets for the river shuttle

love the view from the river shuttle

did I mention how packed it was

This was the first thing we saw when we got off the river shuttle. And of course Aiden asked to take a photo sitting on it.

we stopped to buy water on our way to the Grand Palace. Cold water is a MUST

Btw, we got to Thailand a month after the death of the Thai King Bhumibol. The Thai’s were still mourning his death so we noticed them dressed in black. On our way to the Grand Palace, we passed by a place that was set up in honor of him. There were several pictures and paintings of him on the wall and people playing music nearby.

we took several photos of the art which magically disappeared. Sorry I sorta stood in front of this one

Aiden was invited to join their band (did I mention how amazing and nice Thai people are)

After about a 10 minute walk, we got to the Grand Palace, and it was packed. Tighter than sardines in a can. (Advice – Get there EARLY!).

photobombed

We decided we didn’t want to wait in the sweltering heat. We took a few photos outside and left.

Aiden had been asking nonstop about the Children’s Discovery Museum so we decided to head there. We walked out to the main road and flagged a Tuk-Tuk and told him where we wanted to go. We also asked how much it would cost before we got in. (Advice – make sure you negotiate prices before getting on. You don’t want to be surprised at the end of your ride). It was a fun ride. I’m not sure who enjoyed it more, Aiden or Myself.

The Children’s Museum was awesome. So much to do, indoors and outdoors. We visit Children’s Museum’s everywhere we go. Especially because Aiden is homeschooled, so it is important for him to be able to get his brain going with various activities that the museum has to offer.

After our trip to the museum, we flagged a Tuk-Tuk and asked him to take us to a place with really good Thai food. We ate dinner and took another Tuk-Tuk back to our hotel.

Day 3

I booked an excursion for the floating market the day before at the front desk of our hotel. After breakfast, we met with our tour guide and driver in the lobby. Our guide was such a sweet lady; she carried Aiden every single stop we made, and our driver was such a gentleman; he opened the door for me each time we had to get in and out of the car.

Our first stop was “Chang Puak Camp”, super touristy. If I knew this before hand I would have totally avoided it.  After Aiden took a photo with the small elephant, I turned around and noticed that people were getting elephant rides. This made me a little wary as I am totally against elephant riding. As soon as I noticed this, I told our tour guide I didn’t feel comfortable and I wanted us to leave. Please read this article “The Shocking Secrets Behind Thailand’s Elephant Tourism Industry” to understand why we completely opted out of it while on our vacation.


We went to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Prior to getting on the boat that was going to take us around, we noticed a few guys with snakes and I decided to shake off one of my fears by holding a snake and convincing Aiden to take a photo with me. Yikes, that was scary for both of us. The feel of the snake moving was just too much. My husband on the other hand wasn’t one bit scared.

We then got on a small speed boat and cruised around the market. It was such a great experience. We did some shopping (Advice – remember to bargain prices. But also remember to be reasonable. These people have families to feed).

After the floating market, we drove to see the Golden Buddha at Wait Traimit. Our guide explained the story behind the Golden Buddha which was very interesting. We got there, paid the entry fee, took our shoes off and walked in to see it. It was absolutely beautiful and sculpted completely from gold. We took photos, admired the temple and then left.

Prior to our tour guide picking us up in the morning we had checked out of our hotel. We had all our stuff in the car and so our driver dropped us at our new hotel – Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok (By the way this Hotel was also booked on Hilton Hotel points). Usually, If I can’t decide between 2 hotels, I usually book both. In this case, one of them was close to the river and temples, and the other was closer downtown and walking distance to several places. The check-in for Hilton Honor Diamond members was in the lounge. While getting checked in we were hungry and the lounge was perfect because they had food, snacks, wine etc.

they had an awesome rooftop pool. unfortunately we didn’t get to swim in it. our days were so jampacked

After check-in, we decided to walk around and found a seafood restaurant. We walked around with one of the attendants, picked out what we wanted to eat and they cooked it just the way we wanted. We picked a red snapper and asked for it to be grilled, crab and asked for crab fried rice as well as an assortment of sea food, shrimp, scallops etc for sea food soup. The service was top notch and the food was amazing.

 

On the walk back to the hotel, I noticed a massage parlor. I stopped for a foot massage while my husband and Aiden walked back to the hotel. I sat down put my legs up and dozed off. An hour later she woke me up and said “All done.” It was a great massage, plus it was super cheap.

We packed our things that night as we were heading to Singapore the following day.

Day 4

We woke up, had breakfast and took Uber to the airport. Singapore, here we come!!


Technically, we spent 3 days in Bangkok and that was definitely NOT enough time. There is so much more to do in Bangkok for families, people looking to party, solo travelers, couples etc. I’m okay with the fact that we didn’t get to do it all, because that means I have another reason to visit Bangkok. Genuinely nice people, great city, amazing food, I mean – the list goes on.

Have you been to Bangkok with your family? What did you enjoy about it?

Facebook Comments
Follow:
Spread the word ...

19 Comments

  1. July 7, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Wow! I would love to just travel like that, It is such a great experience for your son. It looks like you guys had such a great time. I had no idea that it was that hot there. I loved your pics, btw

  2. July 7, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    Bangkok is one of my favorite cities! I know so many say to skip it but I’m glad we didn’t. You should look into T-Mobile! We had Verizon and were sick of the international charges. Our phones worked perfectly in Thailand as well as everywhere else we travel too with no fees!

    • July 7, 2017 / 6:39 pm

      I’ve looked into TMobile. We had TMobile actually and we recently switched. So now Verizon doesn’t want to let us go. They are charging an arm and a leg to drop them. So right now, I’m in limbo.

      And yes, I absolutely loved Bangkok. There was SO much we didn’t get to do.

  3. Sly
    July 7, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    Wow, great post. I love the details of event and location. Makes me want to go back to Thailand. Phi phi island rocks.

  4. Jessica O.
    July 7, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    I loved all of the photos! I wish I was able to take my kiddos and travel this way. I looked up the elephant article you linked and could barely read through the first few paragraphs. This is why we don’t spend money or support places like sea world, circuses and/or fairs where there’s elephant or camel rides. So horrible and just inexcusable.

  5. July 8, 2017 / 4:39 am

    My husband and I were just talking about our desire to travel outside of the US. I never thought of Asia, but Thailand looks like an amazing place to travel, with or without kids. My little ones would love the museum. Looks like you all had a great time!

  6. Olubusola
    July 8, 2017 / 7:12 am

    What a great trip and information.when is the right time to travel with kids ?

  7. July 8, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    I love Thailand and would like to go back with my children. I went for part of my honeymoon long ago and your pics make it seem as fabulous now as it was then. Thanks for the kid-friendly tips.

  8. July 9, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    I was so into your recap. It sucks that you lost some pictures but you still had a lot of beautiful shots. It looks like you guys took full advantage of your travels.

    I would love to visit Bangkok.

  9. July 9, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    Wow! What an awesome trip and great documentation of it! Aiden has traveled to places most 3-year-olds haven’t 🙂
    Girl, I can’t tell you weren’t scared in the snake pic lol! I applaud you for shaking off your fear! I love traveling to places that end up costing less than I thought. And I feel you on those Verizon notifications…I never do that $10/day thing.

  10. July 9, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing! This really debunks the myth that you won’t be able to travel once you start a family. This trip looked like so much fun and affordable.

  11. Kita
    July 10, 2017 / 8:09 am

    What a lovely experience for your family. I can just imagine the passport stamps and pictures your son will collect for his future trips.

  12. July 10, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Your trips sounds like it was a lot of fun. You got some great shots, too. Kudos on the deal you found. One question: How was Air China?

    • July 11, 2017 / 4:53 am

      Air China was great. No issues. Except the food was bleh

  13. July 12, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    Your photos are beautiful!! And it is so great that you are able to find museums for children in your travels to engage them. An incredible experience!

  14. August 6, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    Wow,it’s like i was on the trip the photo’s are amazing so much to see thanks for sharing !

  15. August 7, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Must have been a wonderful trip,photos are amazing!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.