True story, I was planning a family vacation and it was a struggle to manage the family’s needs. I wanted to shop, someone else wanted to play and relax by the beach.
The perfect solution?
Have a combined family trip to both Bangkok and Hua Hin, so the family can enjoy both shopping and an escape to the beach!
If you’re craving a good shopping trip to Bangkok, but your family is bored with just shopping everyday – you should consider this combined trip instead.
You’ll have enough time to shop around Bangkok, and go on a beach adventure in Hua Hin too!
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This itinerary will cover everything needed to cater to your endless family needs, from suitable accommodation to wonderful places to visit and eat.
We’ve even plotted out the routes for you, so your journey will be less tiring and more exciting!
Hua Hin: Enjoy a winery tour, then explore a traditional floating market!
After arriving in Bangkok, take a car (3 hour ride) to Hua Hin and make your first stop!
(Depending on your flight timing, if you had an early flight, you’ll be able to have lunch at Hua Hin – otherwise, feel free to customise your itinerary according to your schedule.)
Make a pitstop at this stunning winery for lunch at The Sala (their restaurant) and a winery tour after! (Winery tour from 100 Baht per person, lunch at The Sala from 120 Baht)
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Enjoy a different experience with the kids at this traditional floating market. A great place to have a culture (shopping and food too!) adventure with over 200 shops and 40 boat sellers.
Photo Via Connielevine,Pmpui_suratwadi
This lovely Swiss Sheep Farm has a nursery rhyme/dream-like quality to it that you and the kids will enjoy. Aside from the New Zealand sheep, you will feel as though you have been transported through several European countries!
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Be charmed by this beautiful pastel-blue American-inspired cottage house. If you’re looking for a lovely place to have dinner and end your day, this is the place to be.
Once you’ve had dinner, you can choose to head to your hotel and check in for the night if you (or the kids) are tired after a long day. Otherwise, there’s one last activity to enjoy for the night!
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If you’re here during the weekend, Cicada Night Market is where you’ll want to be. By night, the lights are simply mesmerising.
The market itself is subdivided into 4 unique venues: Cicada Art Factory, Cicada Cuisine, Art à la Mode, and Amphitheatre. It’s pretty interesting to say the least.
Day 1 Route
Hua Hin: Explore Santorini, have a luxurious afternoon tea, and beachfront dinner
Located in European colonial settings, serving continental breakfast and fresh-baked pastries – this place will invigorate you and leave your family beaming with bliss. Remember to fill up on food so the family has ample energy for the fun day ahead!
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At Santorini Park, your family will feel as though you’ve just stepped out of Asia and into little Santorini, the Grecian paradise island. Spend a few hours having fun and bonding at this amusement park!
There are many rides and attractions throughout the park, as well as art, quirky shopping with local and international brands, entertainment and cafes. 😀
After all that fun, make your escapade to this lovely bistro. With all that greenery surrounding the bistro, your family can relax and have a soothing lunch before the next activity.
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This 4D art museum in Hua Hin has some surprising highlights. Different art and special sound effects are separated by zones.
From Imagination Zone and Childhood Zone to The Mirror Climb, Piano Stairs, Illusion Windows and more – the family is bound to be delighted with the experience – and photo opportunities!
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Nature and elegance come together to create The’ Tea House, a classy establishment in FN Factory Outlet that serves French cuisine and tea.
Treat the family to a special afternoon tea in Hua Hin… Why not!
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Seenspace Hua Hin is a stylish beachfront mall with the occasional celebrity where people go to relax by the beach. You can also shop here with mid-range to affordable designerware here. (Sretsis has their Sretsis Mermaid Bar and Shop here too!)
Photo Via Subi_liu
The best way to end your last night in the Hua Hin, have a relaxing family dinner on the beach! It’s situated right on the beachfront, offers lovely ambiance, live music, delectable food, and even refreshing cocktails (if the adults wish to indulge a little).
Photo Via Beerzbella
Day 2 Route
Hua Hin and Bangkok: Play Harry Potter, see the sharks, and dine in a teddy castle!
Before you leave Hua Hin, dig into breakfast at 1000Sook Food and Farm. Your kids will love the mini farm’s sheep, Shetland ponies, ducks, and rabbits.
Have a relaxing stroll through the farm, and if you’d like, there are horse-drawn buggy rides here too!
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Once you’ve arrived in Bangkok, it’s time for lunch! Visit this new magical Harry Potter-esque cafe. Even the desserts they serve are a treat to behold. Not only do they glow, some even catch fire.
Step through the gates and fight dragons together with your child in one hand and a coffee in another!
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On the bottom two floors of Siam Paragon Centre in Bangkok, Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World might just be the most marine-tastic experience you’ll have in Thailand’s capital. It’s something refreshing to do in Bangkok after Hua Hin!
The best part is, you’ll be able to walk around the Siam area and do some shopping if you wish, after! Kids are happy, so are the adults.
Photo Via Alexeytverskoy,Finedachill
This beautifully decorated castle holds many wonders and every angle seems to be crafted just for instagram. From walking the drawbridge to entering the dining hall, you’ll feel its childlike grandeur and marvel in it.
At this wondrous place, I’m sure you’ll be able to get your kids to eat just about anything. (Their Strawberry and Seaweed Salad has been recommended quite a few times!)
Photo Via Ryoiireview,Hempowerment
If you’re looking for a convenient night market to shop at that has kids’ clothes too. This is the one to go to. It’s located centrally at Pratunam area, and has a lot of things on offer – including a good variety of kids’ fashion.
Otherwise, you may also choose one of these other weekday night markets in Bangkok!
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It’s been a long day, so go ahead, check in, and have a good rest to end Day 3!
PS: If the adults would like a little more shopping time with the kids in tow, feel free to check out our shopping guide/itinerary to help maximise your time.
Day 3 Route
Even the fussiest kid would be happy here. Design your own breakfast at Melange Bangkok! Add as much cheese or bacon to your eggs and have them done exactly to your liking.
Aside from a kid’s playroom, there’s also a pool for the waterbabies, so make sure you bring a change of clothes.
A great way to encourage your children’s imagination while educating them at the same time, Dinosaur Planet Bangkok is a fun family activity not to miss.
There’s a 4D underground adventure where you’ll meet T-Rex, a ferris wheel that lifts you high above the street for a fantastic view of the Bangkok skyline. Stars of Dino and Dino Farm are also great for kids.
They’ll be able to interact with a set of robotic dinosaurs and children can take a ride on their favorite gentle giant.
Photo Via Kaykaywong
PS: If you’re looking for other fun activities to do with your kids, check out our top 5 selections below!
Snow Town Bangkok (575 Baht / USD $18.40)
Himmapan Avatar Show (837 Baht / USD $26.80)
Laser Tag @ Siam Laser Games (328 Baht / USD $10.50)
Sampran Riverside Crafts & Workshops (850 Baht / USD $27.20 – Adults; 425 Baht / USD $13.60 – Children)
Kidzania Bangkok (550 Baht / USD $17.60 – Adults; 860 Baht / USD $27.50 – Kids aged 4 to 14; 500 Baht / USD $16 – Toddlers aged 2-3)
This place will have your little ones falling in love with dogs of all shapes and sizes. From large breeds such as an Alaskan Malamute, a milk white Chow Chow, the cutest fluffy English Sheepdogs and more – check out more of their doggos here.
While dog handlers are on the scene to ensure safe interaction with the dogs, do be sure to keep a watchful eye on your kids!
They serve pretty tasty pasta too. And if you’re lucky, you might get to see the doggos swimming in their special doggy pool too!
Photo Via Tiyan8,Marina_is_
Heard about those places “only locals know about”? Well, we figured out Indy Night Market Dao Khanong is one of them, and it’s only half an hour away from the beating heart of Bangkok!
Bags full of graphic tees, trendy fashion, handmade faux leather sandals and stylish jewelries – all at super affordable prices (read: local prices).
They also have kids’ clothes and shoes here too!
Day 4 Route
Bangkok and home
Complete with a kids’ menu and a kids’ corner so you don’t have to worry about the kids, this is just a really nice spot to relax at while having your last breakfast/lunch in Bangkok!
It’s also a good place to squeeze in some quality time with your partner too, while you two look fondly over your children entertaining themselves like little ladies and gentlemen. (All you need is a mimosa to make that moment complete.)
Photo Via Mom.in_.bangkok,Ksenya_savva
At Bangkok’s best escape game, you’ll have to test your puzzle solving skills in order to survive.
These types of attractions are booming worldwide, and Bangkok is one of the best places to try out this phenomenon.
During the game, you’ll have to channel your inner detective to solve a series of riddles and puzzles as well as find hidden clues in order to escape from the locked room.
While Escape Hunt Experience Bangkok is fun for the whole family, we can imagine that small children may find this to be a scary and difficult environment. Can your family escape before time runs out?
PS: Another great option for a simple and fast family activity before leaving Bangkok, try Laser Tag @ Siam Laser Games (328 Baht / USD $10.50)
Beginning with a garden area that looks straight out of “Alice in Wonderland” a world for the off-beat and free-spirited awaits inside.
This cafe is a hidden whimsical place that will enchant everyone from the kids to the adults.
The food is really good, and there’s even a semi-outdoor area with a pool for kids only. There’s also the quirkiest lifestyle shop hidden in the café itself (it really is an actual house!)