Written by: Dawn Pillay
Co-written by: Shannon
If you’re looking to take the family on a quick holiday, here’s a useful Bangkok family itinerary for you.
Especially for those of us who work and don’t have much leave to clear – 4 days and 3 nights in Bangkok provides just enough time for the family to enjoy shopping, eating, playing and relaxing together.
Better yet, this itinerary is centred near and around Pratunam so you don’t have to waste precious holiday time travelling around.
What more could the family want? It’s a great time to treat yourselves and enjoy the company of your loved ones – by soaking in all the family-friendly fun that Bangkok has to offer.
Lunch with the teddies, dinner in a fairytale, fly a plane and shop!
Once you leave the airport, head straight to your hotel to check in and put the luggage down. With kids in tow, you wouldn’t want to be lugging around unnecessary baggage!
Note: For route-planning purposes, this itinerary has been planned using DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok as the default accommodation.
Who can say no to this beautifully decorated castle filled to the brim with fluffy teddies? This castle holds many wonders, from walking the drawbridge to entering the dining hall – you’ll feel its childlike grandeur and marvel in it.
At this wondrous place, you and your kids will enjoy everything from the wonders to the food!
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Not many can say that they’ve been to a virtual reality cafe.
This is your chance to bring the kids along! From shooting games to culinary challenges and other simulators, the family will have a blast here.
PS: While HTC Vive is the main system they offer, Oculus and Playstation VR systems are available too!
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Recommended for both children and adults, this aviation entertainment centre offers visitors the chance to operate a Boeing 737-800NG flight simulator. You’ll be able to practice your take-offs and landings, fly from one city to another or fly around your choice of a landmark.
Note: This activity is recommended for children above age 11, but it’s sure to be a memorable experience for everyone. The simulator can also seat 3 people, so you’ll be able to watch your kids soar like an eagle.
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You don’t have to be a Disney prince/princess to dine in a fairytale. This ‘palace garden’ is one lovely place to have brunch or dinner at, and with plenty of magical Instagrammable spots too.
The winding staircase ✔
The albino peacocks ✔
The majestic black and white swans ✔ (You can feed them!)
As for food, there’s a wide range of delectable Western options ranging from brunch favourites like Duck Confit & Crispy Waffle to Mushroom Risotto & Truffle Oil.
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After dinner, head to Palladium Night Market, that looong stretch of market stretching from outside Palladium Mall and beyond.
There’s plenty to shop there for the adults, and new things are regularly stocked. Kids’ clothes and fun costumes are available too!
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Play with huge doggos, enjoy some magic, afternoon tea and more
Note: Wake up at 9 and get ready to make your way out for breakfast!
Your family will wake up excited for breakfast at Big Dog Cafe. This place will have your little ones falling in love with dogs of all shapes and sizes.
While the dogs might be the highlight, they do serve pretty tasty pasta too. And if you’re lucky, you might get to see the doggos swimming in their special doggy pool too!
Note: 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!
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Located a mere 8-minute walk from Big Dog Cafe, this easy-to-reach interactive art gallery features two storeys of 3D masterpieces. Enjoy exploring a dozen scenes including the Coronation of an Emperor and Ride a Flying Carpet.
The family game is to find the best pose for each scene. So, if you’re ready for a new profile picture of you and your family, get yourselves to Art in Paradise.
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After playing with the dogs and scrambling for perfect photos in Art in Paradise, the family will be famished and it’s time for lunch.
Welcome to a very magical Harry Potter-esque cafe, where you can fight dragons together with your child in one hand and have a coffee in another. With the medieval fantasy decor, it’s a magical experience that extends to the food too – they are a treat to behold.
Not only do they glow, some even catch fire. You can even take a bite out of the Poisoned Apple (260 Baht)!
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Now that the first half of the day has fully satisfied the adventure quotient of the day, it’s time for parents to hit up one of the must-gos in Bangkok!
Stock up on workwear for the adults, or some much needed new clothes for the entire family. Enjoy!
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Since you’re in the area, head over to Big C Supercenter near Platinum Mall to get your must-have Thai snacks to bring back home!
Note: We highly recommend heading back to your hotel to put down your shopping before heading to the next location.
If you have enough time, once you’ve put down your shopping, head to Cher Cheeva for some afternoon tea. It’s a hidden gem offering seriously beautifully crafted traditional Thai desserts.
Perfectly put together, and exploding with flavours (and even colourful flower petals on top) – you likely won’t be able to find cuisine like this anywhere else! Your kids (and you) won’t forget this quaint foodie experience anytime.
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PS: Looking for a more indulgent afternoon tea? Head to the beautiful Peacock Alley at Waldorf Astoria Bangkok for an elevated high tea experience. Mouth-watering selections like potato confit with crab salad, tangerine meringue tartlet, freshly baked scones with clotted cream, and more await!
While Liab Duan isn’t considered in or near Pratunam, it’s a relatively short 20-30-minute ride away. We highly recommend checking out Liab Duan for dinner and shopping, whether you’re travelling as a couple, with friends or family.
The shopping is fantastic with good local prices, and there’s a wide array of food too!
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Wander into Totoro’s world, explore a jungle, the ocean and a European resort
Note: We’ve included an optional massage in this day for parents who want to steal away for some time for yourselves. We recommend leaving the kids in the capable hands of the hotel staff.
Everything is on theme in this super cute and oh-so-whimsical Totoro-themed cafe in Bangkok.
From the menu with the creatively styled Totoro-themed rice and steamed buns – to the desserts and more dishes inspired by the Ghibli films. You have to try May’s Paktong Chai Chicken Wings and the Totoro in the Rain dessert.
Food apart, there’s more quirky themed areas in the huge cafe to explore, like the Children’s Playground, Orchid Glasshouse, Boat Water Pool, and the Library and Two Halls!
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A bonding activity for the family, try something totally new, and head to Poteri Clay. Both you and the kids will learn a new creative skill, and get to bring home the treasures you make.
It’s a really cute experience and educational too!
This 2-storey cafe has an interesting assortment of jungle/forest decor at every corner. From animal statues of deer and peacocks to huge hanging ferns and hanging wooden sculptures that look like antlers, the space is pretty incredible.
The family will feel like you’re dining in a magical jungle/forest hidden in the mall. Plenty of interesting Thai-fusion dishes are on the menu, and it’s quite affordable too!
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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, and 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 and so are the adults.
PS: Don’t forget to drop by Boots/Watsons if you’d like to pick up some skincare or makeup essentials!
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A four-minute walk from Pratunam market, you can’t miss out on the opportunity for a famously affordable Bangkok massage. Sink into the inviting ambience and comfy chairs, and let your masseuses work their magic.
PS: Looking to really spoil yourselves? Take some time out for a well-deserved treat at Conrad Bangkok‘s gorgeous Seasons Spa. The huge traditional wooden bath filled with fragrant flowers provides an elegant backdrop for an afternoon of relaxation.
You could also consider one of these onsen and spas in Bangkok too!
How about this for your last family dinner in Bangkok? Chocolate Ville is a restaurant spread over a huge area with sparkling waterways and lakes. It’s a lovely place to stroll around and take beautiful photos.
In terms of food, we would recommend mussels with cheese, German pork knuckle, foie gras with caramelised banana bacon and caramel sauce, or panna cotta.
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Hua Mum Night Market is unexpectedly huge with an interesting variety of food, fashion, and other funky fun stuff to buy. There are cute water bottles, Groot figurines, handmade ceramics, retro household goods and more.
Both you and the kids’ll have a good time wandering about this spacious market with its unique array of food and shopping!
Enjoy breakfast with a side of laser tag and a sumptuous whimsical lunch
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!
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.)
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Nothing screams family fun like a little competition. Duke it out with a real laser tag experience. There are several ways to play, but you’ll most commonly be split into two teams to battle each other. Otherwise, you can play “Solo Play”, which is essentially every man for himself.
Note: Because of the nature of the game, LazGam is only open to children age 7 or older.
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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 cafe itself (it really is an actual house!)