Bangkok Travel Guide: A Family Friendly Itinerary

Bangkok, Thailand has always been known as a sought-after vacation destination, catering the needs of every kind of traveler. This city has mastered the art of providing convenience and satisfaction to their diverse tourists, offering numerous multi-faceted sights and attractions, a unique city life experience and exceptional cultural discoveries that everyone can appreciate. Although, at first, it may seem to have this old and mature vibe brought by its famous number of temples and cultural attractions. But the beautiful thing about this city is it also has children-friendly attractions that make it a compelling choice to travel to families.

Its family-friendly quality is also evident in its easy accessibility through daily flights offered by Philippine Airlines. Moreover, the city has ceaseless developments, providing more convenience to tourists such as having efficient transportation system which saves the families from the challenge of commuting together. Its affordability of food are also one thing that families can celebrate which widens their opportunity to experience numerous fun things to do and places to visit with the kids.

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Pre Travel Guide

pink-airplane-mode-on-512.jpg Where to book flights?

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Families traveling together can now access Bangkok easier with Philippine Airlinesdaily direct flights to this city. As of this writing, Philippine Airlines flies 3x daily between Manila and Bangkok, and daily between Cebu and Bangkok at a cheap rate without compromising comfort and quality.

During my flight to Bangkok, I was able to experience their upgraded A330 Tri-Class airbus, and it was amazing. Their improved cabin development now guarantees a more pleasant, comfortable and convenient travel experience to everyone.

  • Redefined Economy Class, NEW Premium Economy Class & Enhanced Business Class
    • Based on my experience, economy class offered a more spacious environment providing more comfort, with a free inflight meal and a free 30 kgs. baggage allowance.
  • A brand new entertainment system with myPAL eSuite, myPAL Wi-Fi, and myPAL mobile.
    • Best thing about here is their wide selection of movies, free inflight wifi and availability of data roaming
  • Ancillary products availableon top of the flight to enhance passengers’ myPAL experience.
    • You can shop online before or during your flight and have your purchases delivered to you onboard. They also accept cash on delivery for more convenience.

Note: Children without an accompanied parent must have a DSWD Clearance in order for them to exit the country.

Read my PAL Tri-class A330 Experience here: Flying With Philippine Airlines’ Upgraded A330


untitled Where to get cheap tours / discounted tickets?

For families traveling together, I highly suggest to book your tours with a reliable tour agency like Klook.

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  • They offer quality-service tours all around Thailand, including Bangkok.
  • Discounted entrance tickets to attractions- definitely saves money, especially that your in a group.
  • Avoids the hassle of commuting and exploring around the city on your own.

However, what’s amazing about Bangkok city is its very little complexity. You can navigate on your own without being confused. Commute system is easy to utilize, hence, you can explore around without booking a tour.


stock-vector-passport-book-cartoon-vector-and-illustration-hand-drawn-style-isolated-on-white-background-222314308.jpg Do we need Thailand Visa?

For Philippine Passport Holders, we are VISA-EXEMPTED up to 30 days if entering via international airport and up to 15 days if entering through a land border checkpoint from a neighboring country (Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.)

Read More: Thailand Visa Application


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Bangkok City Essentials:

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Finding a place ideal for families in Bangkok isn’t a problem. Ranging from budget hotels to luxury ones, Bangkok has the perfect one for your family! For average family travelers, I highly recommend them to stay in Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel. It’s budget-friendly, which is at around 4000PHP if booked from a booking platform. Facilities and rooms definitely assure comfort to families.

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Hotel Information:

  • Name: Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok
  • Address: 567 Ratchaprarop Rd, Khwaeng Makkasan, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
  • Contact: +66 2 625 1234 ; cwb@chr.co.th
  • Access:
    • Connected to Watergate Pavillion Shopping Mall
    • 7-minute walk to The Platinum Mall
    • 2 minutes walk to Palladium Night Market

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From / To the Airport (Suvarnabhumi Airport):

  • Public Taxis (most convenient)One way you can access Bangkok City is via their public taxis. Public taxi stand is located on the Ground Level. Taxi fare starts at a metered rate of 35 Baht plus 50 Baht airport surcharge, and expressway fees. Moreover, the Grab application can be an alternative to hire a taxi.
  • Bangkok Airport Rail Link (cheapest): Operates from 6:00AM to 12:00AM that connects Suvarnabhumi International Airport to downtown Bangkok. From downtown Bangkok, you can either switch train lines to Bangkok Skytrain (BTS) at Phaya Thai Station, or to Bangkok Subway Train (MRT) at Makkasan Station. depending on your destination.
    • Directions:
      • From the airport, go to the entrance of the Airport Rail Link on the first floor.
      • Purchase your train ticket. Do note that your point of disembarkation depends on your destination. Hence, make sure you know its nearest train station.
      • PURCHASE YOUR TRAIN TICKET HERE (discounted): (ARL) Ticket

Getting Around The City:

  • Bangkok Sky Train (BTS): This is the fastest way to get around the city, and gives you easy access to hotels, sightseeing destinations and shopping areas. During my Bangkok trip, I’ve been fully utilizing this system, and I didn’t had a hard time familiarizing with it.
    • If you will use the BTS Train the whole day, better get yourself a BTS One Day Pass to save money.
  • Mass Rapid Transit network (MRT): Another alternative if you want a faster way of accessing the places around the city. Basically, it has the same service as BTS has, but has different access to stations. Usage of these two train system will depend on where your destination is.
  • Public Taxis: There are taxis available everywhere. Fare starts at 35 Baht and increases per kilometer. All taxis are metered, but there are still drivers who opt to negotiate a fixed fare with tourists. Do take note that this is actually not allowed.
    • Grab App: to avoid taxi scams, you can book a trip with Grab App. It’s actually safer and more reliable. Although, fares go a little more expensive during rush hours.
  • Motorbikes: A faster way than public taxis because of its capability to avoid traffic. Prices are generally almost the same as the public taxis, but are not metered.
  • Tuktuks:  Tuktuks are one unique mode of transportation available in Bangkok. It is a colorful three wheeler motorbike vehicle that are also used as public taxis. However, tuktuk drivers usually charge higher rates to tourists.

 

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  • Currency: The currency used in Bangkok is Thai Baht (THB ; ฿.) Average conversion to peso (as of this writing) is at 1.6PHP per 1THB.
    • Money Exchange: There are several money exchange shop available all around the city, even in the airports (trust me, there’s a lot!!) However, most of them have poor rates. What I most recommend you is the SuperRich Thailand money exchange shop. It has the best rates, based on my research, and is located in the city.
    • Mode of payment: Shops in Bangkok usually only accept cash. But there are restaurants and hotels that still accept credit cards though.
  • Language: English language isn’t that exercised in Bangkok. Most locals might struggle to communicate with you in English. Nevertheless, they are still very willing to help you with your needs.
  • Clothes: In Bangkok, basically, you can wear pretty much whatever you want- of course, not in the temples. There are no dress code around the city. Bangkok is dominated by a tropical monsoon season. Meaning, it has 3 seasons- hot season from March to June; rainy season from July to October; cold season from November to February. Hence, base your clothing on the seasons- wear light clothes during the hot season and wear warm clothes during the cold season. Additionally, if you are planning to visit the temples, make sure you are in a decent attire- no tank tops, shorts, or anything revealing.
  • Food: Thai Food are generally spicy.
  • Electricity: 220V; Socket Type: Two flat or two round pronged type.

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  • Buy a 4G Sim Card to stay connected:
    • High speed 4G internet free for 8 days.
    • Google Maps: This has been my ultimate travel buddy during my trip in Bangkok. I consider this as my “how to get there-buddy,” as it provides me with routes and walking trails towards my destination.
    • Google Translate App: This will totally help you communicate with the locals.
  • Always bring your passport with you
    • For safety purposes as well as for you to also be ready to present it whenever a Police Officer or a Government Official demands it.

untitled Things to Avoid:

  • SCAMS (on streets, tourist spots, etc.)
    • Never trust a stranger easily. Expect strangers to randomly approach you and offer their help and/or give you information that will lead you to be ripped-off. (Read more: 21 Most Common Scams in Thailand)
  • Wearing Revealing Clothes (e.g. Tank Tops, Shorts) when visiting Temples.
    • This is also a sign of respect for the locals and their religion.
  • Sketchy Street Foods
    • Local food may seem appetizing especially those on the sides of the streets. Well, I have to agree, most of them are really yummy! But you also have to be careful as it may harm your health. Thus, go for the less-sketchy ones.
  • Taxi Scams
    • There’s a high chance that taxi drivers will charge you a higher price than the usual one seeing that you are a tourist. Hence, demand a “taxi meter” rate instead.
  • Tuk- Tuks when Unnecessary
    • Tuk tuk rides might look inviting. But as much as possible, avoid them since there is also a high chance that they will charge you a foreigner rate!

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Places To Visit:

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Erawan Museum

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A unique museum with a roof shaped of a huge, bronze, three-headed elephant which represents the hindu god, Indra, which also serves a symbol of the eastern religion’s cosmography. This museum is a three storey architectural wonder which exhibits artifacts collected by Mr. Lek Veriyapant that portrays buddhist philosophy regarding spiritual ascension. Families may use their offered self-guided audio which is available in English to enlighten them with the displayed antiquities and collections.


  • Entrance Fee: 480 PHP (300 THB)
  • Opening Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm daily
  • How to get here:
    • Address: 99/9 Moo 1 Bangmuangmai, Samut Prakan, Bangkok 10270, Thailand
    • From the BTS Skytrain On Nut Station, take a taxi to the museum
  • My personal recommendation: Discounted Entrance Ticket: 1285PHP
    • Inclusive of:
      • Admission ticket for Ancient Siam Entry & Erawan Museum
      • Audio guide (English, Mandarin and Thai)
      • Tram tour around the Ancient City
      • A flower, incense sticks and small square of gold leaf
      • Audio Commentary in English, Mandarin, Thai, Korean and Russian

 

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Ancient Siam

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One of the largest outdoor museums in the world, occupying over a 200 acres, Ancient Siam, offers tourists replicas and reconstructions of Thailand’s historically significant structures such as old palaces, notable temples and shrines. It was as if tourists were transported back in time and toured the country of Thailand.


  • Entrance Fee: 9AM- 4PM: 1120 PHP (700 THB); 4PM – 7PM: 560PHP (350 THB)
  • Opening Hours: 9:00am-7:00pm daily
  • How to get here:
    • Address: 296/1 Sukhumvit Road, Bangpoo, Samut Prakan 10280, Thailand
    • Getting here might be a bit difficult. Commuting is very complicated. Hence, if you’re a first time tourist, I highly suggest you to ride a taxi instead.
    • The park also offers pick-up services from BTS Skytrain Bearing Station at around 11AM. It also provides drop-off services to the station which departs at 3PM from the park.
    • See the map and directions for your guidance
  • My personal recommendation: Discounted Entrance Ticket: 1285PHP
    • Inclusive of:
      • Admission ticket for Ancient Siam Entry & Erawan Museum
      • Audio guide (English, Mandarin and Thai)
      • Tram tour around the Ancient City
      • A flower, incense sticks and small square of gold leaf
      • Audio Commentary in English, Mandarin, Thai, Korean and Russian

 

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Chocolate Ville

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A unique European themed restaurant with a “Dining in the Park” concept that features a variety of food choices ranging from Thai food to Western ones. This place isn’t just a regular restaurant park, but is completely an exceptional one as every corner of the park is a feast to the eyes! It is as if tourists are transported to a different part of the world with its unique architectures and designs.


  • Entrance Fee: FREE
  • Opening Hours: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • How to get here:
    • Address: Soi Nawamin 74, Yak 3-8, Kaset-Nawamin Road, Klong Kum Subdistrict, Bueng Kum District
    • Ride a taxi from BTS Skytrain Mo Chit Station or Bangkok MRT Lad Prao Sutthisan

 

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Wat Arun

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Known as the central prang (Khmer-style tower,) this unique temple is encrusted with broken porcelain and cowrie shells which made it an architectural wonder that stuns tourists in a heartbeat. This prang have three symbolic levels: all realms of existence, all desires are gratified and the six heavens within seven realms of happiness. Here, families can get a different temple experience aside from visiting the most famous Grand Palace- they can even avoid its massive crowd and get to appreciate a peaceful one like Wat Arun instead.


  • Entrance Fee: 50 THB
  • Opening Hours: 8:00AM – 6:30PM
  • How to get here:
    • Option 1: Through Chao Phraya River Boat tours around Chao Phraya River and Canals of Thonburi, where tourists can witness temples along the river, local stilt houses and the National Museum of the Royal Barges.
    • Option 2: Ride the BTS to Saphan Taksin Station (BTS Silom Line), go to the Exit 2, and proceed to the boat terminal. Buy a ticket and board a Chao Phraya Express Boat. Drop off at Tha Thien pier (N8), then ride a smaller boat across the pier.

 

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Sea Life Bangkok

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Considered as one of the largest sea aquarium in the world, this huge water world has over 400 aquatic species and 30,000 sea creatures from across the globe waiting to be  beheld. From unique fishes to dangerous sharks, all tourists at all age will definitely get entertained and educated, giving each of them a unique aquatic experience.


  • Entrance Fee: 965 PHP- discounted at Klook
  • Opening Hours: 10:00am- 8:00pm
  • How to get here:
    • Address: : B1-B2 Floor, Siam Paragon Mall
    • Walking distance from BTS Siam

 

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Madam Tussaudes

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Personally my favorite! Madam Tussaudes is one of the most famous museum in the world showcasing hundreds of wax figures representing international celebrities, local showmen, notable politicians, world-class athletes and award-winning scientists- which are grouped into 8 different zones: Red Carpet, Music, History, Film, Leaders, Art & Science, TV and Sports. Families will definitely enjoy their unlimited time of photo ops and hanging out with these stars!


  • Entrance Fee: 965 PHP- discounted at Klook
  • Opening Hours: 10:00am- 8:00pm
  • How to get here:
    • Address: Siam Discovery, 6th Floor
    • Walking distance from BTS Siam

 

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Line Village

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World’s first LINE indoor attraction consisting 23 colorful themed rooms with adorable life-sized characters to interact with! Line Village isn’t just perfect for photos but also are ideal for families who are up for some activities as some of the rooms offers virtual reality digital games that they can experience.


  • Entrance Fee: 1400PHP discounted at Klook
  • Opening Hours: 10:00am- 10:00pm
  • How to get here:
    • Address: Siam Square One Building
    • Walking distance from BTS Siam

 

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3D Art in Paradise

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An out-of-this-world art gallery that displays a fully interactive optical illusion paintings that you can touch, climb, pose and take photos with! It has five zones namely Aqua and Safari, Classic Art, Fantasy, Nature and Modern Art which are all distinctive and creative that families will definitely enjoy!


  • Entrance Fee: 483PHP discounted at Klook
  • Opening Hours: 10:00am- 10:00pm
  • How to get here:
    • Address: Esplanade Shopping Mall, 4th Floor, Ratchadapisek Road, Din Daeng
    • From BTS Siam, ride the BTS train and drop off BTS Sukhumvit (20 THB). Then, switch to the MRT Line, and drop off Thailand Cultural Centre Station (20 THB.) Head to Esplanade Shopping Mall, 4th Floor.

 

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Ratchada Train Night Market

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One of the most known markets in Bangkok, this vibrant night market offrs cheap, authentic and delicious Thai food that Families could try. Not only does it offers a wide variety of food, but also has fashion shops that are reasonable in price. Moreover, this market isn’t just known for its quantity of goods sold, but is also known for its exterior. Vibrant colors of tents are everywhere! Do take note that the market is only open on Thursdays to Sundays, from 5pm until past midnight.


  • Entrance Fee: FREE
  • Opening Hours: 5PM- past midnight; Thursdays to Sundays ONLY.
  • How to get here:
    • Beside the MRT Thailand Cultural Centre.

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3D/ 2N Itinerary:

Day 1:

  • 12:00PM: Arrival in Bangkok
  • 1:00PM: Late Lunch
  • 3:00PM: Check in at Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel.
  • 4:30PM – onwards: Proceed to Esplanade Shopping Mall
    • Visit Art in Museum
    • Ratchada Train Night Market

Day 2:

  • 7AM- 8AM: Breakfast at Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel
  • 8:30AM- 9:30AM: Proceed to Erawan Museum
  • 9:30AM- 11:00AM: Explore Erawan Museum
  • 11:00AM- 11:30AM: Lunch
  • 11:30AM- 12:00PM: Proceed to Ancient Siam
  • 12:00PM- 3:00PM: Explore Ancient Siam
  • 3:00PM- 4:00PM: Proceed to Chocolate Ville
  • 4:00PM- onwards: Chocolate Ville

Day 3:

  • 8AM- 9AM: Breakfast at Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel
  • 9:30AM- 10:00AM: Proceed to Siam Area
  • 10:00AM- 11:00AM: Sea Life Bangkok (Siam Paragon Mall)
  • 11:00AM- 12:30PM: Madam Tussaudes (Siam Discovery)
  • 12:30PM – 2:00PM: Lunch
  • 2:00PM – 4:00PM: Line Village (Siam Square One Building)
  • 4:00PM – onwards: Shopping / Free Time

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This trip is made possible by Philippine Airlines and Tourism Thailand PH.

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**Most of the images above were provided by Me-An Clemente.
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