Bangkok is a fascinating destination for families. There's nowhere else in Southeast Asia that offers the same combination of exciting street life, dedicated family attractions and big city convenience. A visit to Bangkok will be one memorable experience and you'll find a huge selection of things to see and do with your little ones. Young teens will find loads of cool things to do, and though it sounds surprising, even tiny tots are catered for due to the large number of expat families who now call Bangkok home.

    This section lays out all that you might need to know when bringing your family to Bangkok, from the best hotels, to where to eat and what to do, and even answers to important questions you might have before you arrive. Save your chilling out time for somewhere else, because when you’re in the capital you need to be out and about experiencing all that Bangkok has to offer.

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    What should I look for when booking a family hotel in Bangkok?

    Bangkok family hotels typically contain some of the following:

    • A kids club
    • A kiddie pool
    • Restaurants with children’s menus
    • Cots available on request
    • Connecting rooms
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    Is Bangkok safe for children?

    Bangkok is as safe as any world metropolis. Crime directed at tourists is rare, usually narrowed down to things like pickpocketing or being duped by unfair prices. Of course, due diligence is needed when out and about, but you'll find many landmarks have police and security close by. One note to consider, not many hotel pools have lifeguards, though kiddie pools are common.

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    Do children need vaccinations when visiting Bangkok?

    Vaccinations aren’t required, but you should consult your doctor and it should always be your choice. A lot of countries have compulsory vaccinations against many of the childhood diseases found in Thailand, such as tetanus, diphtheria and rubella.

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    What should I pack?

    The vast majority of baby products can be found in Bangkok, including western brands. Items will generally be more expensive than you can find back home though. Children often have a favorite toy or brand of baby food and it would be a good idea to bring them along. If space is an issue, you should at least make sure you have several days’ supply of essential items, including:

    • Diapers
    • Clothes/swimsuit
    • Non-allergenic sunscreen
    • Baby food
    • Milk powder
    • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, mild body wash and shampoo, baby wipes, etc.)
    • Favorite toy
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    How do I get around with kids in Bangkok?

    Bangkok has several ways for getting around, the easiest being by taxi and the fastest by BTS Skytrain. You should try to avoid rush-hour traffic (from 8am to 9am and from 6pm to 7pm) as the roads often get gridlocked and the trains jam-packed.

    When flagging a taxi, one constant issue is the lack of seatbelts in the back seat. This means you'll have to strap the baby seat into the front passenger seat. Some alternatives to this include using an online ride-hailing app like Grab or renting a car with a driver.

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    Where do I go for medical help?

    Medical care in Bangkok is world-class. The city is home to several of the best hospitals and clinics in Southeast Asia. A selection of the best hospitals with dedicated pediatric wards is listed here. You can always ask the concierge at your hotel for help, too.

    • Bumrungrad International Hospital
      Address: 33 Sukhumvit 3, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
      Tel: +66 (0)2 066 8888
    • Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital
      Address: 133 Sukhumvit 49, Khlong Tan, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
      Tel: +66 (0)2 022 2222
    • Bangkok International Hospital
      Address: 2 Soi Soonvijai 7 New Petchburi Road, Bang Kapi, Huay Khwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand
      Tel: +66 (0)2 310 3000

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    Are there babysitting services in Bangkok?

    Most 5-star family hotels have professional childcare services with highly vetted and qualified staff. This would be our first choice for babysitting services in Bangkok.

    Hotels with kids clubs are especially favored as they have staff on the premises who are accustomed to children from all over the world. If you're looking for a nanny to accompany you on your entire time in Thailand, one highly regarded company is Thai Kids Home.

    • http://www.thaikidshome.com/
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    Can I rent baby equipment in Bangkok?

    If you stay in a family hotel, things like cribs and meal-time baby chairs will be covered. But if you're looking for strollers or car seats, A local online company, Tiny Tots, has a variety of baby products available for rent. They stipulate 48 advance notice for most items.

    • http://www.tinytots.in.th/homeeng.htm

    If you're looking to buy baby equipment, there’s plenty more choice. Most department stores have children’s sections and big malls like CentralWorld have an entire floor dedicated to children’s products.

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