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With so much to do and see, kids are sure to enjoy a memorable, stimulating adventure in Bangkok as long as you’re careful about keeping them cool and hydrated. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the best things to do with kids that belong at the top of every parent’s agenda:
1. See the wats. Kids and adults alike will be fascinated by the intricate designs and glittering, oversized Buddhas that characterize most of Bangkok’s Buddhist wats (temples). Start at the Grand Palace — plan on arriving early, around 9 a.m., to beat the heat and crowds — move on to nearby Wat Pho, and if you have time a visit to peaceful Wat Suthat, located in front of The Giant Swing, is also well worth it.
2. Watch a movie. Chances are your local movie theater is nothing like the ones found in Siam Paragon and CentralWorld Plaza, where for about the same price as a general admission ticket back home you and your kids can sprawl out on your own private daybed or beanbag. The modern theaters here are simply awesome.
3. Stroll Lumpini Park. Aside from being a lush, magical playground in the middle of the city with swan paddle boats, jungle gyms and gigantic palm trees, you can also spy massive monitor lizards crawling through the grass or swimming in the water.
4. Go under the sea. There are plenty of wondrous underwater sea creatures to keep little ones fascinated for a few hours at Siam Ocean World, a 10,000-square-foot aquarium located in the basement of Siam Paragon. Bonus: There’s an excellent food court right upstairs on the first floor for lunch.
5. Swim. Most hotels in Bangkok have swimming pools — and you and your family will be thankful if yours does during those hot midday hours when you don’t have enough energy to do anything more than splash around in the water.