Bangkok is a mega Asian city. Visiting Bangkok with kids whether they be small, tweens or teens is a great experience. In this post, you will find a mix of historic, cultural, relaxing and fun things to do with kids in Bangkok.
Bangkok is a big sprawling confrontation of old meeting new, of traditional versus modern and it all happens in front of your eyes in Thai capital. Visiting Bangkok with teenagers is easy, fun and an experience not to be missed.
Theme Parks in Bangkok with teenagers
Fantasia Lagoon Water Park
Centrally located on top of the Mall Bangkae roof is Fantasia Lagoon, Water Park. You will find multiple pools and waterslides to have fun with. On the floor under the water park is an amusement centre. Combine all this with the mall and you have the ultimate day out with teenagers in Bangkok
Address: 275 Moo 1, Petchkasem Rd. Phasicharoen Bangkok 10600
Snow Town Bangkok at Gateway Ekkamai
Another Bangkok Mall but this time its theme area has a twist. Its a winter wonderland with 30-40 centimetres of snow where you can hire ski and toboggans to use on its artificial ski slope. Like an alpine village it as the main street with restaurants. This is one of the best things to do in Bangkok with teenagers.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 11.00 – 22.00, Saturday – Sunday and Holidays 10.00 – 22.00
Location: Fifth Floor, Gateway Ekkamai, Sukhumvit Road
BTS station: Sukhumvit
Dreamworld Bangkok is located just out of the city. It has 43 different attractions onsite ranging from Rollercoasters to indoor snow tubing. You will find the usual stage shows, restaurants and even a small water park.
This makes a great day out in Bangkok. Take the hassle out of it and pre-book tickets with a return transfer from your Bangkok hotel below. This would have to be one of the best kids activities in Bangkok for all ages!
Bangkok food tours
We did the Historic Bangkok food tour with Bangkok food tours. This is an amazing way to learn about the history of Bangkok through its food. Our guide Yiwah was very attentive and happily answered all the questions our teen and tween posed her.
She was also fantastic at finding an alternative for Marley as she is so fussy but
The tour is located in the old area of Bangkok, which is the area
Of the 5 places, we sampled foods they had all been in business well over 50 years. It is one of the most unique things to do in Bangkok especially if you are not sure about foods or looking for a hidden gem.
These iconic food spots surely know how to serve up a tasty meal! Our teenagers in Bangkok particularly liked the stop at the bakery where their specialty was Green Custard Buns.
Bangkok National Museum.
The National Museum in Bangkok is located just near the Royal Palace. The museum blew us away from the moment you walk into the first gallery. You are greeted with artifacts dating back as far as the history of Thailand.
The giant Buddha head salvaged from Ayutthaya is a stand out feature of the room. As you move through the different sites at the museum you will see displays of metalwork, porcelain, fabrics and much more. This has to be one of the best places to visit in Bangkok with family, especially if you are world schooling your kids.
Not to be missed is the Royal Carriage room that showcases coronation and celebration carriages the Royal Family have used dating back 300 years. It is also the home to some of the Royal Piers and coffins that have been used. It a must for travelling kids in Bangkok to learn about the history of the country.
Where to shop in Bangkok
The MBK centre in Bangkok is not the newest or the most upmarket shopping mall in Bangkok (you can find that opposite at Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon) What you will find at the MBK is 8 floors of shops.
If you can imagine a cross between a shopping centre and a market thats what you will find at the MBK in Bangkok. Whole floors dedicated to clothes and electronics. On the 8th floor, you will find cinemas, karaoke and food,
How to get to the MBK: BTS National Stadium.
Walk out of the BTS station and it is directly on your right.
Temples in Bangkok to Visit
Bangkok literally has a temple on most blocks. You can’t throw a stone without you hitting a temple in Thailand and visiting temples is one of the most special things to do in Bangkok. In Bangkok, there are a few outstanding temples. I won’t go into to details, I will just list some below that are well worth checking out on your visit to Bangkok.
Ratchada Train Night Market.
What to do in Bangkok at night with kids? A night market! You will have to travel to the outskirts of Bangkok for this one. The MRT station Bangkok Cultural Centre is straight over the road. Ratchada Market is huge by any standards and it’s packed to the rafters with people every night.
It’s a mixture of food and the usual good like clothes, sunglasses, crafts and souvenirs. Keep an eye for some of the vintage clothes and accessories that today’s teenagers love.
It’s that type of market where your teen can try crazy food such as scorpions and bugs! This is one of the easiest activities to do in Bangkok with kids, just make sure you stick together as it gets really busy.
The food is a little more expensive than most night markets but still of high quality. We can recommend the Chinese hot pot that we enjoyed it was amazing. You will often find live music or tunes blasting from one of the food and drink bars on site.
How to get to Ratchada Train Night Market: The MRT station Bangkok Cultural Centre is straight over the road. Ratchada Market
Opening Hours of Ratchada Night train Night Market: Daily, 5pm-1am
Where to stay in Bangkok
Bangkok is a megacity with over 10 million people. Bangkok received over 20 million visitors in 2017. This means a lot of tourist accommodation is needed and available. You will find everything from backpacker hostels through to 5 start luxury waiting for you.
Hop on Hop off Boat.
The hop on hop off boats plies its way back and forth on the river
Chao Phraya. The boat is a great way to easily see Bangkok with teenagers. The boat stops at a number of important points along the river such as the
Sathorn Pier (BTS Saphan Taksin-S6), ICONSIAM Pier, LHONG 1919 Pier, Ratchawongse Pier, Pakklong Taladd (Yodpiman) Pier, Wat Arun Pier, Tha Maharaj Pier, Thonburi Railway Station Pier, and Phra Arthit Pier.
Boats depart every 30 minutes from 9 piers which means you will never wait more than 5-10 minutes at any stop. The Bangkok skyline looks amazing from the water. This is a great way to get some Bangkok sightseeing done easily and with little fuss on a hot day.
How to get to the hop on hop off
If you’re not staying on the river the best place to access the boat is via BTS Station Saphan Taksin. Take Exit 2 and you will be facing the river with the departure point in front of you.
Learn and Visit History of WW2 on the Death Railway with a local.
While we were in Bangkok with kids, we wanted them to learn some of the WW2 history associated with Australia. Take Me Tour runs an amazing tour that specialises in just that history. Australians have a long history with the Thai – Burma railway, The River Kwai and Hellfire Pass.
Many POW’s were Australian interned by the Japanese to work and build this wartime infrastructure in Thailand. Our guide Chain was amazing, full of knowledge and friendly towards the kids. We love guides who listen and interact with the kids. We were picked up in Bangkok and taken to Hellfire Pass via Kanchanaburi.
We stopped at Kanchanaburi, one of the best places to visit near Bangkok, for some traditional food on the way as well as one of the best coffee’s we have had in Asia so far. We went to the Hellfire Pass Museum and then into Hellfire Pass itself.
We caught the train along the death railway back to Kanchanaburi before walking the Bridge over the River Kwai. We had a great meal before heading back to Bangkok. The kids learned heaps about the Australian involvement and that of the Thai, British, American, Dutch and so many more nations.
Some may worry about what their children will be exposed to during this tour. There were no graphic pictures but there were graphic recounts of their time at the camp that some people may find it too distressing for their children in the theatre. For us, it was one of the most important Bangkok activities we could do with our children to teach them history.
We all know the Madame Tussauds name but have we all visited a Madame Tussauds? This is the sort of place teens and tweens love and would have to be one of the most fun places in Bangkok to visit with teenagers.
They get to see life-size wax models of their favourite actors, musicians and sports stars. You can stand beside them and get your pictures taken. It is a bit of fun for everyone involved and maybe the closest we will ever get to our favourite celebs.
10 pin bowling
Cosmic Bowl Part of EGV chain, Cosmic Bowl features exciting fluorescent bowling and ‘mini’ bowling for the kids. Nearest branch is at EGV Metropolis, Big C Ratchadamri (opposite CentralWorld).
Location: Ratchadamri BTS: Chidlom
How to get there: From the BTS, walk pass exit 1 and continue on to the skywalk. Take the stairs in front of the InterContinental Hotel and turn right at the intersection. Continue walking for 10 minutes (300 metres), and Big C should be on your right
SF Strike Bowl & Music City
Enjoy the disco-like atmosphere of SF Strike Bowl & Music City with its 26 normal lanes and two ‘VIP’ lanes. This is a great way to let the family have a bit of fun in Bangkok and get the rivalry out!
Location: MBK Center
Blue-O Rhythm & Bowl
The sleek and sexy Blu-O has 38 lanes, 12 karaoke rooms (including private rooms) and an in-house restaurant.
Location: 5th Floor Paragon Cineplex, Siam Paragon
Escape rooms Bangkok for teenagers.
For those new to Escape rooms this is a quick run down.
An escape room, also known as an “escape game”, is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.
Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room, or span multiple rooms. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. If your teen likes this stuff it is definitely one of the top things to do in Bangkok with teenagers.
Puzzle room Bangkok
The four rooms currently are featuring the following puzzles to escape
Address: 21/8 Soi Sukhumvit 18 Klongtoi Klongtoi
Ticket to Mystery
HONJO MASAMUNE JAPAN 1725
Curse of the Pharoah.
You will have 60 minutes to solve the puzzle and find the truth
Address: 982/22 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Eat Ice cream at Mo & Moshi
Mo & Moshi is like an ice cream wonderland. They make them small, big, bigger and enormous. They come in flavours such as cotton candy and they make your taste buds dance with delight and your wallet squeal with fright!
We had the big pink one between a family of four and it came in at around $130 Australian Dollars. It was filled with ice cream, sorbet, poki, waffles, bread (yes a bit strange I know) and fruit. It was a great foodie experience in Bangkok and definitely one of the most fun things in Bangkok to do with kids.
Where is Mo & Moshi?
979 Siam Center Building, 2nd floor, Rama1 Road Prathumwan (705.66 km)
10330 Bangkok, Thailand
BTS Station: National Stadium
Bangkok bike tour
A 3-hour bike tour of Bangkok is an ideal way to explore Bangkok with teenagers and the areas of Chinatown, the historic capital of Thonburi and hidden backstreets.
Starting out in Chinatown, the 3-hour tour explores the market, winding narrow streets and alleyways. We will pass by shops, hidden temples, and experience a culture that has been centuries in the making.
Cross the Chao Phraya River and visit Thonburi, the historic third capital of Thailand. Experiencing the authentic Bangkok way of life and see less known areas of the city. This is a great way to get some Bangkok sightseeing done and some exercise too!
The weather in Bangkok is a tropical monsoon climate. The city has three main seasons:
- The hot season from March to June,
- Rainy season from July to October and
- The cool season between November and February.
Expect hot weather all day every day. Daytime temperatures to be in excess of 30 degrees centigrade throughout the year. You may see a slight dip in December and January.
As Bangkok holds claim to being the hottest city in the world. It may not be the hottest day in day out but the fact is that it stays hot for 24 hours a day.
Things to pack for Bangkok for teens
Below is a list of some common sence items to take that will make the travelling experience in Bangkok all that much easier and better.
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|Sunglasses||protects your eyes|
for sun and dust
|Light weight clothing||Keeps you cool and |
|The sun is strong in|
|Bangkok is a big city|| |
|Rain jackets||If visiting in|
the wet season
|Guide book||Find the best spots|| |
|day pack|| |
For carrying guide
books water bottles,
|Hotels don’t have |
many power outlets
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| Power bank||So many pictures so|
How to get to Bangkok
Bangkok has 2 airports, Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang International Airport . You will find Don Mueang Airport is home to budget carriers such as AirAsia, Nok and Thai Lion Air. Suvarnabhumi Airport handles mainly full service international flights in the Thailand capital.
Bangkok is served by bus and train connections from all over the country on a daily basis. You can get a train or bus north to Chiang Mai and a bus, train combination south to Krabi.
Morchit Bus Station in the north of Bangkok handles many of the arrivals and departures having way over 150 bays on site. For all your bus and train booking we recommend and use 12go Asia.
Both airports have rental cars waiting to hire and picked up onsite after your landing. Driving around Bangkok can be very time consuming with large amounts of traffic congestion every day. For all your hire car needs check here to compare prices
Yes, you do, If you’re only staying in Thailand under 30 days you will get a visa on arrival at the airport. If you want to stay 30-60 days you will need to apply for a visa in your home country at the Thai embassy or you will need to do a visa run. A Visa run is where you leave Thailand by land or plane and then re-enter thus renewing your passport for an extra 30 days.
Both airports have official taxi ranks. They charge you 50baht to make sure you get a taxi with a meter. Taxi prices in Bangkok are very reasonable.
You can use the MRT or the BTS both Bangkok transport systems. If there is 4 of you travelling you may find it cheaper to use a GRAB or a taxi. It will be cheaper but not quicker
Currency Exchange and ATM’s in Bangkok Thailand
We had no problem withdrawing money from ATM’s. One thing about Asia is there is a ATM on every corner just about. Try and withdrawl multiple days worth of money at a time. It was costing us $5 (Australian) in withdrawl fee’s.
The money in Thailand is the Baht. You will find coins of 25 and 50 satang, 1, 2, 5 and 10 baht. The banknotes come in denominations of 10 baht, 20 baht, 50 baht, 100 baht, 500 baht and 1,000 baht.
We hope this article helps you with Bangkok attractions for you and your teenager visiting the Thai capital. Bangkok with teenagers has many attractions and activities for you and your teen to do, see, try and taste. Your teenager in Bangkok will be entertained and educated by this amazing city.
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Mark Wyld is a father, Husband and traveller. Having been to over 30 countries worldwide I think I know a thing or 2 about travelling with kids. I have been writing about travel on our website for the last 4 years and have featured on numerous other websites. When I am not talking, dreaming and planning travel I can be found working in disability support