Although Bangkok is generally associated with traffic, temples and spicy food stalls, there is so much more to the city than that. Many people when visiting Bangkok for the first time can’t believe how modern the city is. With its shopping malls, international restaurants and a multitude of other attractions the city is perfect for families as well as singles and couples. Relocating with a young family is rarely easy, but the ease of everything in Bangkok relieves most of the stress. Houses and apartment are easy to rent and very cheap by European standards and food and drink outlets are usually within easy reach of most residential projects.
Areas popular with expatriates include Silom and Sukhumvit where you have literally everything on your doorstep. Expat families who require a bit more space than a condominium can offer generally opt for a house near the airport.
Bangkok as a city, caters very well for children of ages with a multitude of places that are solely designed for children. You can find these child friendly places located in many shopping malls with most of them having child care workers onsite to keep an eye on them. When it comes to education, Bangkok also ticks all the boxes with international schools widespread. If you want your young child to go to the best kindergarten in Bangkok, you will obviously need to pay a little more in fees but when measured in terms of the quality of education and facilities is actually good value for money. The preschools in Bangkok will really open your eyes if you are from the United States or Europe, with state-of-the-art facilities and high qualified teaching staff they are at least comparable to their equivalents in the US and Europe.
Places to Go
There will be times when you need to get of the city for some fresh air and perhaps a dose of sea air or countryside. Bangkok is well placed for many attractions such as the coastal resorts of Hua Hin and Pattaya but for destinations further afield you will probably need to fly. I have compiled a small list of family friendly attractions that are within relatively easy reach of Bangkok:
- Khao Yai National Park – Approximately 5 hours from Bangkok by car, the park features an abundance of wildlife and birds in a natural setting. If you are lucky you might get to see an elephant as you drive through the park. With interactive displays and loads to do, this park is great for the whole family.
- Kuiburi National Park – Approximately 4 hours south of Bangkok, this park offers the best chance to see elephants in the wild. Jeep safaris leave the park gates regularly and include a guide.
- Hua Hin – 3 hours from Bangkok – Seaside fun for the whole family in Hua Hin. Good for a weekend, better for a week!
Bangkok and Thailand in general, has a lot to offer for the whole family, spread your wings and get out and enjoy it!