1. Experience the floating market
The most famous floating market in Bangkok is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market that is located 100km from the city of Bangkok. In order to beat the morning traffic, it is highly recommended that you head down to Damnoen Saduak early in the morning when it’s also generally less busy. Watch merchants paddle down the river in their canoes, selling all sorts of food and souvenirs. Choose from a myriad of colourful tropical fruits and vegetables as you make your way through the congested canals, and take this chance to teach children about all that’s appealing to their sights, sounds and smells. Oh, and feel free to use and impart some bargaining skills along the way!
2. Get a dream job at KidZania
KidZania is coming to Singapore but before then, take your children down to KidZania Bangkok for them to experience what it’s like to work in their dream occupation (or a job they’re interested in). Conveniently located in Siam Paragon, KidZania Bangkok allows children to earn their keep (indirectly imparting the value of money to them) for performing occupational tasks. Work in an airport, a convenience food store or even a life assurance office; there is plenty for your child to choose from. More importantly, watch as your child deposits his or her cheque into a savings account and withdraw cash from ATMs located around KidZania Bangkok City. Nothing like learning while having fun!
3. Dive deep into marine life
Previously known as Siam Ocean World, the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World has undergone a facelift and brand change. Walk into the Tropical Rainforest and find yourself face to face with one of the largest freshwater fishes (Arapaima). Crawl into a rockpool to observe sea stars and hermit crabs with your eyes at ground level. Be dazzled as you gaze into the Tropical Ocean Exploration Zone, which features a panoramic view of the 8-metre high aquarium. Most importantly, check out the famous Ocean Tunnel of Sea Life and be surrounded by stunning sharks, eagle rays and large school of fishes. You and your family can even swim with the sharks! (Do make a reservation at least 3 days in advance though.)
4. Shop and dine at Asiatique
Discover a unique dining and shopping destination at Asiatique! The quickest way to get to Asiatique is by boat from Saphan Taksin BTS. Combining the best elements of a shopping mall and the famous bazaars, Asiatique tops it off by being located by the river with amazing city views (especially in the evening). Apart from feasting your eyes, fill your tummy with food from restaurants that most Singaporeans love (MK Restaurant and Au Bon Pain are here!). If you’re a techie, don’t miss the Factory District where you’ll be able to find some of the coolest gadgets too. Want to discover more of Thailand? The highly raved-about Calypso Cabaret is just a stroll away. Children will love the Thai puppets by Joe Louis Traditional Puppet Theatre, which is also within walking distance from the restaurants.
5. Chow down lots of street food
While you are commuting from one attraction to other, be sure to check out the street food along the way. There is really nothing like conquering the busy streets of Bangkok under the sweltering heat with a cup of iced Thai milk tea in hand. If you are lucky enough to be in Bangkok on a weekend, check out Chatuchak Weekend Market for a wide variety of street food (and shopping of course!). Beat the heat with a scoop (or two) of the famous coconut ice-cream served in half a shell or enjoy a savoury crepe with ham and cheese as you spend an afternoon exploring the market.