2013-02-20

15 Edutainment Places in Bangkok for Family Travelers


Need some ideas for family activities during your holiday in Bangkok? Yes, holiday is about to relax and have fun – but it also a great opportunity for your kids to learn the world from their own experiences.

There are a lot of things to do here in Bangkok, and we’ve listed 15 Edutainment Places in Bangkok that everyone in the family can enjoy!


1. Dusit Zoo

Dusit Zoo, or 'Khao Din', is a fully-function animal park with facilities such as an animal hospital, zoo museum and educational centre, sightseeing train, activities ground and canteen. It houses some 1,600 domestic and international animals, including albino barking deer and white Bengal tigers.

Covering a total area of 188,800sqm, Dusit Zoo was Thailand's very first zoo and has been around for more than 60 years. It sits in the midst of Bangkok’s administrative centre, surrounded by important landmarks such as The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, Parliament and Chitralada Palace.

Opening Hours: 08:00 - 18:00
Location: Intersection of Rama V, Ratchavitee and U-Thong Nai Roads (entrance on all three sides)
Price Range: Kids 50 baht, adults 100 baht


2. Children Museum


Located near JJ Weekend Market, outside is a fun playground, which challenges anyone to conquer the labyrinth of the Pyramid Net - or how about walking across a wonky bridge or swinging down a spiral ladder? Or you can have a seat and get creative with paints or pen and paper - plot out the next great invention. Visit the fascinating Robot Zoo, a concept that explains an animal's functions by means of a mechanistic comparison. Imagine, no, experience, what it is like to hang like a bat, or discover how echolocation really works. How about having sticky feet like a bee? Try it by wearing some Velcro slippers. If all this tires you out, go and find a cosy and quiet corner in the reading zone surrounded by a make-believe garden. Or head to the canteen for a bite or thirst-quenching cold drink.

Opening Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (Tuesday to Friday), 10:00 - 18:00 (Saturday to Sunday)
Location: Chatuchak Park


3. Bike Ride at Rod Fai Park

Rod Fai Park (Railway Park) is located in Chatuchak area in Bangkok, next to Chaktuchak park. Rodfai Park has an area of 148 acre, which used to be golf course of Railway club. The park is open everyday, however, some parts are close on Monday for maintainance. In the car park area there are bicycle rental services which bicycle can be rented from 20 Baht for all day long.

Open hours : 04.30-21.00
Admission Fee : Free
Activities : Playground, Bike Ride, Butterfly watching

4. Safari World


Visit the natural safari park, come face to face with thousands of rare and endangered species roaming freely in their natural habitat. Spreading over an area of about 300 acres, Safari World Park is divided in to four sections, namely, Safari Park, Bird Park, Games Corner and Macaw Island. A journey through the Safari World will no doubt turn out in to one of the most memorable events of your life. Witness the picturesque African settings with intimate encounters with Dolphins, Orang Utans, Seals, Birds and other such animals and birds at the adventurous Safari World, one of the most popular Bangkok Tourist Attractions.

Open hours: Mon – Fri, 9.00-17.30 / Weekend and Public Holidays, 9.00- 18.00

5. Dream World

 The park has been divided into several zones with specific groups of rides such as Dream World Plaza, Dream Gardens, Fantasy Land, and Adventure Land.
The interior of this park is filled with over 40 imported thrill rides and family attractions. However, the park's main attractions is Asia's first hanging coaster located in the middle part of Adventure land, and a model of the Grand Canyon as part of a river rafting attraction.

 Opens at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, weekdays and public holidays is 10:00 am - 7:00 pm.

6. National Science Museum


Located at Khlong 5, Pathum Thani, The Science Museum is considered as a display venue for exhibitions and scientific activities to communicate with and provide knowledge to visitors to better understand science and technology, as well as, to apply them in daily life for the sustainable development of the country.

Operating day: Tuesday - Sunday
Operating time: 09.30 - 16.00

7. Rangsit Science Center for Education
Located at Khlong 6, Pathum Thani, The Rangsit Science Centre for Education is an Educational Establishment Direct Administration of the Office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education, Ministry of Education.  It provides learning opportunities in the areas of science, technology and environment to the public and students in both formal and non-formal education systems.  There are many types of learning activities that the audience freely choose to participate upon their own interests.

Operating time: every Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Closed on Monday and public holidays

8. Science Center for Education 
Since the Science Centre for Education is engaged in non-formal and in-formal education, the centre is also involved with lifelong learning, serving the people of Thailand. Taking a holistic approach to learning, the Centre focuses on Science, Technology, Natural Science, Environmental Science and Astronomy.
Website: www.sciplanet.org/ewt_news.php?nid=132&filename=index_eng

9. Siam Water Park


Siam Park opened 36 years ago in November 1975. The park is set in 120 acres and is considered to be the largest theme and water park in Southeast Asia. The idea for the water park was to create an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city, as although Thailand has lots of beaches there are none in Bangkok. The wave pool is now the largest in the world as certicified by Guinness World Records and stretches an impressive 13,600 sq m and is the only man made beach in the city. The theme park originally started off with only a few rides, but over the years the owner has expanded and it now has over 30 different rides.

Working hours: Water Park time is 10:00 AM - 17:00 PM everyday
Amusement Park operating hour is 11:00 AM - 18:00 PM everyday

10. Crocodiles and Elephant Farm


Located to the west of Bangkok in Nakhon Pathom province. For less than an hour driveSamphran Elephant Ground & Zoo is a popular sightseeing destination for both adults and children alike.
It highlights exciting events such as The Elephant Theme Show and The Crocodile Wrestling Show. In the Elephant show complete with Surround sound system. The elephants are the stars of the show where they dance, race, play football and games, “Yutha Hathi”, a great royal battle scene, is even performed with the actors riding on the elephants. As for the wrestling show, the crocodile and the master crocodile catcher perform breathtaking stunts to their audience’s delight.

Entrance fee including all shows: Adult 600 baht, child below 130 cms. 350 baht.Open daily from 08.30 - 17.30 hrs.

11. Siam Ocean World at Siam Paragon


Two storeys underneath the glitzy Siam Paragon shopping mall, an aquatic wonderland the size of three Olympic swimming pools awaits your discovery at the Siam Ocean World. This underground aquarium, one of the largest in Southeast Asia, will dazzle you with innovative world-class exhibits and over 30,000 curious looking creatures from various depths and aquatic regions across the globe.

Opening Hours: 10:00 - 21:00 daily
Location: Basement floor, Siam Paragon, Siam

12.Snake Farm at Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute

Forget everything you might have seen in any so-called 'Snake Farm' in tourist regions of Thailand. If you are even just a bit curious about the world of reptiles the Bangkok Snake Farm at the Red Cross Institute is a real revelation. It's informative as much as fascinating and can even help fight some of the unjustified fear of these animals you may have.

Opening Hours: 08:30 to 16:30 pm on weekdays - 08:30 to noon on weekends and holidays
Location: Thai Red Cross Institute, at the intersection of Rama IV and Henry Dunant roads
Tel: 0 (2) 252 0161 

13. Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha Temple, and Sanam Luang Royal Plaza
This is the most famous place that is a must for all tourists. It is a large compound located near Sanam Luang in the very heart of Bangkok. The Grand Palace consists of several buildings with different styles of architecture. Wat Phra Kaeo is renowned as the most beautiful and important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It houses Phra Kaeo Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the most highly revered Buddha image carved from a single block of fine jade.

Opening Hours: Daily, 08.30 - 15.30 hrs.



14. TK Park (Thailand Knowledge Park) at Central World
TK Park will contribute to the creation of a learning society by cultivating a positive attitude towards the reading habit, creative thinking, and lifelong pursuit of knowledge among children and youth.

Opening hours: 10.00 – 20.00 hrs. Tuesday – Sunday (Closed on Mondays)

15. Museum Siam
While the Museum of Siam is set inside a very large neoclassical house, it is definitely not the usual display of historical artifacts and dusty mannequins you would expect to find in such an antique building.
A huge bronze ‘ribbon’ coiling and looping in the front garden is the first clue of things to come inside... In the reception area, wooden stairs, ceramic tiles and old-fashioned columns contrast with resolutely modern art and advanced technology. Everywhere you look, the two elements blend with great harmony as designers use every possible way to challenge the traditional expectations you might have of a museum.


Opening Hours: 10.00 - 18.00 (Tuesday to Sunday)
Location: Phra Nakorn District, Rattanakosin Island, south of Wat Pho
Website: www.museumsiam.org

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