Thailand, home of beautiful temples, acres of paddy fields, stunning beaches and cheap massages, a great place for a gap year but can you really get the full experience with a four year old in tow? With a bit of planning it’s easy!
- The Grand Palace
This is such a beautiful and spiritual place it must be on your to do list, the walls of gold and intricate illustrations will have little ones captivated whilst there is plenty for the older kids to learn. Make sure you visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) just south of the Grand Palace. There are ALWAYS crowds at the Grand Palace and no aircon so make sure you take plenty of water and sunscreen. Tuktuks are readily available outside for when everyone gets a bit too hot and it’s worth stopping for an icecream from one of the stalls outside
- Khoa San Road
We stopped off here on our way back from the Grand Palace, it’s a real change of cultures! This is just over ½ a mile of market stalls, cafes and massage parlours popular with backpackers. Be sure to take home a souvenir but make sure you barter, I let my daughter have a go and unsurprisingly she got a better deal than I could! Find yourself a good spot and stop for a cold drink and people watch for a while.
There are so many places to get a bit of pampering in Bangkok and with such amazing prices it’s difficult to resist. My daughter loved getting her nails done and her feet rubbed – remember to tell your masseur “really soft” for the kids. In most places you will be able to find chairs next to each other so you can enjoy the experience side by side.
- MBK Shopping centre
This is either your shopping dream or worst nightmare, floor after floor of cheap paraphernalia, it’s all about the bargains and knock off gear here1
When to go
High season : November-March
Low season : July-October
Currency : Baht
Language : Thai
It is against the law to criticise the monarchy in Thailand
Not to miss
Amaze at the intricate illustrations at the Grand Palace