Travelling to Bangkok, Thailand with kids
London to Bangkok, Thailand
Visiting Thailand was in my bucket-list that I have dreamt of for far to long.
It was late February 2018, and it was snowing in London, the day before we were due to depart and we were expecting the worst with flight delays, cancellation etc. Luck was on our side and we boarded our Thai Airways flights to our first destination, Bangkok!
Thai Airways, extra legroom seats with bassinet for my son
Day 1 – Arrival in Bangkok
Our overnight flight arrived at Bangkok International Airport, Suvarnabhumi around 4pm and we got on the pre-booked transportation to our hotel. After an hour’s car journey (in peak traffic), We arrived in our air conditioned MPV to Chatrium Riverside Hotel. A stunning riverside hotel, far enough from the hustle and bustle of Koh san road, but close enough to still get the real Bangkok experience.
Chatrium Riverside Hotel, Bangkok
So checking in, I thought I would be cheeky and ask for an upgrade… would you believe it, we got upgraded to a family suite! It felt like we struck gold! The suite/ apartment had kitchen, living space, large bathroom and bedroom, all in a large open plan.
View from our apartment at Chatrium Riverside Hotel, Bangkok
By this point, it was late evening and we were absolutely knackered with all the excitement of being in Thailand but we still dragged ourselves out for dinner, rather than give into jetlag. It was our son’s first time travelling, who was 5 months old at that time, so we were a bit apprehensive but he was behaving well and seemed as excited as we were.
Neighbourhood near the hotel
Within 10 minutes of walking, we found a local Thai eatery, which had simple, down to earth décor and reflected Thai lifestyle and casual eating very well. First order I placed was for young coconut, which is always my must-haves when I am in Asia. Food wise we ordered seafood fired rice, prawn papaya salad and some spicy squid dish… If you haven’t noticed, we love seafood and we gulped it down with more coconut juice and Chang beer.
On the way back to the hotel, we popped into a 7/11, which was situated right next to the hotel and bought a few essentials including milk for my daughter. After such a long day, we were so happy to settle down in on our super king size bed. The hotel provided us with cot bed, free of charge, which was helpful.
Day 2 – Rama 1 Road
Breakfast at the Chatrium hotel
Next morning, we pushed through the jet lag and got ourselves ready for brekkie. The breakfast buffet was delightful with plenty of choice from all over the world and I do mean, they had serious amount of choices from sushi to soups, rice, noodle, Danish pastries and continental breakfast.
Rama 1 Road
After some quick prep work (namely packing for the kids), we set off with our Joie travel buggy for my daughter and Baby Bjorn to carry my son in (both are essential for travel, in our opinion). After a quick walk, away from the hotel, we got ourselves in a metered taxi (avoid the taxi which asks for fixed amount as they are always expensive), which took us to Rama1 road where my husband wanted to purchase some Maui Thai gear from ‘Action Zone’. A small but fantastic shop filled with all the essential genuine gear at a fraction of the price you would pay in UK!
Rama1 Road, Bangkok
Day 3 – Sightseeing
The following day was supposed to be our spiritual homage. Our idea was to visit all the key temples and shrines. Unknowing to us, it was the 1stdeath anniversary of the old king, so many temples and sites were either closed or at half-mast. Undeterred, we pushed forward aiming to view as many sites as possible. We started off via shuttle boat service from our hotel to various mooring station, eating fresh guava, pineapples and mangoes with Thai spices.
Grand palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of Emerald Buddha) were closed to honour the old king. So our next stop was Wat Pho, where you can find the 46 meters sleeping Buddha and Wat Arun also known as Temple of Dawn. The skills and artistry required to create such unique pieces and buildings are a testament to the country and left us in awe!
when you are visiting the Buddhist temples, you need to dress appropriately (ladies’ arms and legs need to be covered) or you can borrow their long scarf/ cloth for a small charge.
Vertigo / Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree
On the way back to the hotel, we decided to take a slight detour to Vertigo/Moon bar at the Banyan tree hotel. Watching the sunset on the 61st floor of the roof top bar with 360 degree view of Bangkok was simply breathtaking. The food looked amazing at the restaurant/bar and we would definitely treat ourselves, the next time we visit.
Day 4 – Sea Life Ocean World
On the last day in Bangkok, we visited the Siam Paragon centre (shopping mall) for lunch where the food court had various types of cuisines. It was very commercial, but the food was very good. For dessert, we indulged in the famous Thai sticky rice with mango pudding. Next destination was the Sea life Bangkok Ocean World, which, resided on the adjacent building. The aquarium was filled with an array of amazing sea life and my daughter was beyond excited and didn’t want to leave. The shows and animal feeding were a treat and a nice insight into animal living.
Sea life Ocean world, Bangkok
Tip: you can’t just holler taxis outside the Siam Paragon shopping centre and its illegal. There is a taxi stand, right in front of the shopping centre and you need to queue up. Although, the queue moves fairly quickly, its best to avoid peak times. It took us about 30 minutes wait to get a taxi in the evening around 5pm.
After the aquarium, we headed off to see arguably the most famous road in Bangkok ‘Khao San road’, and it’s adjoining roads. We had a relaxing massage and did some essential shopping for the family. Last but not least, we took a tuk tuk to China town for dinner.
We had an amazing time in Bangkok and our next destination was Chaing Mai….
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