Bangkok, the city of Angels is a vibrant city in Thailand and is also a melting pot of culture, tradition, food, and of course its lovely peoples. It is the most diverse place a traveler can visit. It provides a full-on experience to all the tourist rights, starting from markets, a variety of foods, ancient temples, and lively surroundings to dynamic nightlife. You will be overwhelmed and will relish the rich Thai culture.
Bangkok is always a fascinating, exciting, and incredible city to visit and is a city that never sleeps. Here, people work round the clock and make the city even livelier.
The following list – 25 best things to do in Bangkok with family, will give you appropriate and useful information which will definitely make your trip memorable.
1. Enjoy the Dinner Cruise at Chao Phraya River:
The dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River will give you a lavish and luxurious experience while on the move. You can experience both the river banks with large condominiums, hotels, and temples with elaborate lighting. You can also relax in the boat to the saxophonist’s peaceful tunes.
2. Witness the Sealife at Southeast Asia’s largest Aquarium:
The Sealife ocean world is one of the best places to visit in Bangkok with family. It has the largest aquariums with more than 30000 marine species. It provides an enthralling experience for family and kids. You will enjoy walking through a glass tube and be able to see massive sharks passing over you, through the glass separator. There are tons of marine creatures swimming by your side. The kids mostly like the bobbing penguins, turtles, and squids. It is a good destination for a family outing in Bangkok.
3. Visit the Unique Floating Market of Bangkok:
A trip to Bangkok is incomplete without visiting the famous floating markets. Engross yourself in a different level of shopping experience and taste the delicious local food at the floating market. The cocktail of sights and smells will give you an outlook of Thai culture.
Once you hop off from the decorated long-tail boat, you’ll see a lot of market stalls selling many things from souvenirs to locally harvested tropical fruits. It is recommended to visit this market in the early morning to avoid the crowd. You’ll also enjoy the lively, colorful boat journey. If you are not sure which floating market to visit, we are listing top picks for you which will help you in your decision.
- Damnoen Saduak floating market
- Amphawa floating market
- Damnoen Sasuak floating market
- Bang Nam Pheung floating market
4. Take a Tour at Safari World:
Safari World is an amazing zoo and marine park near Bangkok. The open-air park is an impressive 8 km stretch, where animals roam freely. You will see many species of herbivores like zebras, camels, antelopes, gazelles, and rhinos, etc. Ostriches, and pelicans, are amongst some of the most famous birds you’ll see while driving through the park.
It is a wonderful destination to spend valuable time with your family and kids. The kids will definitely like the giraffes walking around. You’ll have a fun-filled adventure at the safari world by feeding the Giraffes, playing Frisbee with sea lions, seeing the dolphins jump, and enjoying the bird shows.
5. Dine-in at Rooftop Sky Bars:
There are a few cities in the world that has rooftop bars where you can lounge with your family and loved ones. You will experience a 360-degree view and can see a million lights sparkling far below you. You’ll see the bustling streets of Bangkok from a great height and enjoy the cityscape from the top. You can enjoy this with your family while having some exotic cocktails, beverages, and barbecued seafood and make your trip memorable. With a 360 degrees view of Bangkok from the highest spot, you can always experience fabulous sunset in the evening.
Let’s have a look at some of the best places for rooftop bars:
- Skybar Lebua
- Vertigo-Banyan Tree
- Octave rooftop bar
- Park society
6. Get a traditional Thai Massage:
The traditional Thai massage has a significant influence on India’s ancient Ayurveda traditions of medical practice. It is an all-inclusive form of healing and Thailand presents a signature technique involving traditional massage systems with holistic beliefs.
A Thai massage in a Thai city will be at the top of almost every traveler’s bucket list. After all, there is nothing more comfortable than lying in a lemon-scented ambiance and enjoying the reflexology from a trained masseuse. Thai massage gives good blood circulation, promotes internal health, and enhances muscular flexibility through a few pressure points.
7. Enjoy Chinese food at Chinatown:
Chinatown is a paradise for all food lovers for authentic street foods. Most people stand in queues to eat delicious foods from stalls and small eateries that have preserved the Chinese tradition and identity. The Chinatown is the home to foodies who like to taste more and more. The smell of fried foods gives a distinct scent and aroma, which you’ll enjoy.
8. Meet your Favorite Stars at Madame Tussauds:
Madame Tussauds is a popular wax museum where you can see, touch, and even hug your favorite celebrities. There is so many lifelike wax sculpture of celebrities and famous people. Most of the statues look real and you won’t be able to resist yourself from clicking pictures with them. This is a unique exhibition place to visit with family. You will enjoy your trip to Madame Tussauds with your family.
Price: INR 1300
9. Visit the Grand Palace:
Grand Palace is the most remarkable landmark in Thailand in the city of Bangkok. This place was home to Thai kings and is considered as the architectural marvel of the country.
It is a must-see itinerary for tourists, for its dazzling and spectacular construction and design. The intricate details of each design prove the creativity and craftsmanship of the Thai people. Today it is known as the spiritual heart of the country. This is the best Bangkok attractions for family, where you can enjoy a lot. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located on one side of the outer court.
10. Visit the Reclining Buddha: Wat Pho Temple:
Wat Phra Chetuphon is also known as the temple of the ‘Reclining Buddha’ is a popular complex just next to the Emerald Buddha temple in Bangkok. The temple was named after the posture of the statue, Sihasaiyas, which is known in Buddhism to represent the entry into Nirvana and the end of reincarnation.
The name refers to the monastery of the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, where Buddha was enlightened. It is one of the oldest temples and the Reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters tall covered with incredible golden leaves.
11. Cherish the Buddhist Culture in Bangkok Visiting Emerald Buddha:
The temple of Emerald Buddha, (Wat Phra Kaew) is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Thailand. It is located at the Grand Palace and enshrines a highly revered Lord Buddha imprinted on a single block of jade (an ornament). You will see Lord Buddha’s image in a meditating position.
12. Enjoy Your Evening at Asiatique Riverfront Market:
Asiatique riverfront market gives a popular shopping experience, especially in the evening. If you want to buy cheap goods, fashionable shirts, and taste some street foods, this is the best option. You can also stroll around the streets. Get a free ride of shuttle boat and enjoy around the river. You’ll find lots of boutiques where you can buy something for you and your family. It is a dream for every shopaholic people.
13. Visit Lumpini Park to Enjoy the Music Concert:
Lumpini Park is green heaven amidst the city that always oozes with serenity, fresh air, and greenery despite the rush city life. This park offers a perfect connection to nature. Lumpini, a place in Nepal, birthplace of Lord Buddha justifies the name of its tranquility. You’ll enjoy the flora and fauna along with an exhibition center for Thai crafts.
It has become an endearing place because most of the people across the city enjoy a round of jogging, practice aerobics, and also host recreational activities inside the park.
14. Shop at Siam Paragon and MBK Mall:
Siam Paragon is a famous shopping mall housed with international fashion brands, the largest aquarium of Southeast Asia, Cineplex, and a world-class selection of cuisine. The layout of the mall is compact and provides luxury items for local and foreign travelers. If you are looking for an extremely special thing, then this place is the best option.
MBK mall is probably the most renowned shopping mall in Bangkok with lots of tourists busily shopping every day. You’ll get fashion accessories, handbags, leather products, furniture, electric appliances, and stationery. It is considerably less expensive and provides a wide variety of mind-boggling goods.
15. Shop at central world plaza:
The central world plaza is a big shopping complex in the heart of Chidlom. It is the 6th largest shopping complex in the world and is known as Bangkok’s shopping hub. You’ll find more than 500 stores that include fashion, furniture, clothes, imported groceries, spices, perfumes, books, and high-tech gadgets, etc. You’ll find many restaurants where you can enjoy different cuisines.
There is an ice skating rink at the outdoor, where the kids can enjoy their sports activities. You’ll see celebrations throughout the year especially on weekends and holidays etc. You’ll surely enjoy with your family at this place.
16. Visit the Terminal 21:
Terminal 21 is located in the heart of Bangkok and you’ll explore many street markets under one roof. The place features a delicious range of dishes for different visitors. You’ll experience different kinds of things from different places in the world. You’ll find a Cineplex, a supermarket, and a food court in one place.
17. Enjoy at Chatuchak Weekend Market:
The Chatuchak area is best known as the largest market in Asia. It is a popular market with locals and visitors. This market is very popular among wholesalers and traders. It is one of the best places in Bangkok to visit and a must visit place for tourists. The diverse collection of merchandise from different market stalls provides a wide variety to choose from.
On a typical weekend, more than 2 lakhs of visitors come here to sell goods. If you have one weekend in Bangkok to shop, then take a trip to Chatuchak Weekend Market and you will not be disappointed.
18. Enjoy with your Kids at Kidzania:
Kidzania is the latest and the best place in Bangkok for kids. The innovative addition to learning with fun makes it an edutainment hub for children. The level of fun and education is at a brand new level for kids. Each activity in kidzania will provide a new learning experience for children from 4 to 15 years old. All the activities are well executed for kids and give a unique experience.
The kids will experience different real-time situations. For example, being a real dentist to flying Boeing, and also rescue people with a mini ambulance and reach the hospital, and many more. This is one of the most worthy places to see in Bangkok with family and one should not miss it.
19. Flourish at Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market:
The Pak Klong Talad is the biggest, wholesale, and fresh flower market that has all the varieties of popular flowers. You will witness flowers like roses, orchids, lilies and more. You will get the flowers at an amazingly cheaper price. This market is very near to the temple of reclining Buddha and has a river pier near to it. This is another Bangkok attraction for a family trip.
20. Watch Siam Niramit:
Siam Niramit is located at the center of Bangkok is a state of art theatre presenting one of the world’s largest stage productions. Three restaurants are there at the ground of the Siam Niramit and visitors can stroll across the place to enjoy traditional Thai villages.
It exhibits the world-class performance of Thai arts and its cultural heritage. It also showcases legendary cultural shows that brings out the story of Thailand in the form of dance and music. The show was performed on the stage in the Guinness world record that features over 100 performers with lavish costumes and stunning set designs. This will be a realistic and inspiring experience for your family to enjoy in Bangkok.
21. Visit the Wat Arun temple to see the panoramic view of Chao Phraya river:
Wat Arun, the temple of dawn is a remarkable landmark in Bangkok. It is situated on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is considered one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok for its different designs that are made up of colorfully decorated spires. The entry to the temple is 100 baht. The temple is open daily from 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM. If you reach the 200-foot high spire, you will feel like touching the skies. You should not miss this temple for its architecture. The Chao Phraya River will glitter with the lights in the evening.
22. Visit the Dusit Zoo:
Dusit Zoo is also known as ‘Khao Din’ is a fully-function animal park. It includes animal hospital, museum and educational center, sightseeing train, activities ground, and canteen. You’ll find White Bengal tigers in the zoo. This zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Bangkok that has been around more than 60 years. It is very near to parliament, Samakhom throne hall, and Chitralada Palace. The kids will surely enjoy Animal Park which houses different types of monkeys, hippopotamus, alligators, tigers, lions, penguins, camels, and many more.
23. Tour the Jim Thompson House to see the Thai architecture:
It is a lovely garden and a legacy left by a middle-aged American man, Jim Thompson. His residential enclave is the place of the cultural heritage of Thailand and Southeast Asia. You will find different architecture in this extraordinary teakwood villa complex. You’ll find an incongruous collection of antiques in this Thai house.
Jim Thompson’s house provides various old Thai structures and design and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok. You’ll experience the pieces of art, antiques, sculptures, different structures in this Thai house. This is the place where you’ll see the combination of East and West.
24. Take a ride on BTS sky train:
The Bangkok Mass Transit System, also known as the Sky Train or Rot Fai Fa in Thai, is the fastest elevated transport system in the city, allowing visitors to travel away from the traffic and bustle below, the BTS Sky Train is one of the most comfortable public transportation methods and definitely offers some of the best views. The BTS sky train covers almost all places in Bangkok and makes the travel easy and convenient for the commuters. It is the safest way of traveling in the city. Most of the locals depend on this mode of transportation to reach the destination within a shorter period of time.
25. Indra Market and Pratunam Fashion Mall:
Indra Square shopping mall offers a wide range of clothing, accessories, shoes, and bags. You’ll get all the things at bargain able price. It is the best place to buy souvenirs and many wholesale items at reasonable prices. The Indra market is surrounded by Pratunum market that is open 24 hours. You will see different entrances to Indra Square. It gets busy and crowded in the evenings. You can take your time to stroll in the afternoon to avoid the rush. If you buy more than 2 items, you can ask for a discount. It is a popular shopping destination for Indian, Chinese and Southeast Asian tourists. Indra Square is a great option for you if you are looking for a discounted fashion apparel.
There are more things to experience in Bangkok than visiting temples and go shopping. With a shorter period of holidays in Bangkok with your family, you’ll be able to just see some major attractions across the city. We have given a brief overview of Bangkok. Hope this guide has helped you to know about this city of Angels. Plan a trip to Thailand and you’ll surely experience the charm of the city and fall in love with it.