Bangkok with kids. How to travel with kids through Asia.
Asia is one of the most popular destinations among families with babies and toddlers and no wonder: warm climate, kids-friendly people, diverse and easily accessible food. Since a long time we’ve wanted to visit Indochina, however, for the beginning we wanted to pick a country that first of all:
- does not have malaria spread on the areas we would like to visit with kids; we really didn’t want to give any malaria preventive medication for our kids, to us they were simply too small (1,5 and 5 years) for this, especially that there are many beautiful places to see worldwide that are malaria free;
- has a good healthcare; of course, we got vaccinated for every disease that is common in the region of Indochina. However there are some diseases, like dengue fever for example, against which one can’t get a vaccine, so we wanted to be sure that in case our kids had gotten sick, they would have been in good hands;
Of course, we took into consideration that baby articles (baby food or diapers) should be easily accessible and if in general it is easy to get sth to eat. I know it may sound ridiculous for many people who do not travel but are simply tourists and get all they need in the hotel they are staying in. However, for travelers who travel more intense, this is one of the more important information. To Cuba for example we had to take everything. I remember counting before the trip how many baby food portions and diapers we need for each day, coz I knew that if we don’t take them, we probably will not be able to get them there. In Thailand you don’t have to worry about anything. Honestly. If you know how do deal with a hot humid climate and mosquitos, you and your kids will be just fine 🙂 Even if your credit card gets swallowed by an ATM and your phone falls through the train window into to the wall of the train (those two things actually happened to us on the same day).
Thai people are extremely nice, helpful, and love kids. I can’t recollect any uneasy situation and it did not matter if we were visiting one of the major tourist attractions such as Wat Pho, a Buddhist temple complex in Bangkok, or travelling a local train where we were the only no-Thai passengers. This country stole our hearts and we can’t imagine not returning to it in the future.
On many photos we by chance captured Thai people passing us by and smiling while looking at our family. And we totally melted when we saw a person at Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya fixing our daughters sandal.
Flying over the Himalayas
Our first time traveling to Asia was a total surprise for us. When we were finally sure that the flight was not cancelled and can leave Germany, problems with the plane started. The first thing coming to my mind was that the left Phalange broke Every half an hour we got a different, yet still not promising update on the situation of the plane. At the end they needed to prepare a new plane for us. Hours and hours of waiting with two toddlers, we crossed the border from “it can be fun” to “f…ck” long time ago. But we were finally on the plane. Usually those stories do not have a continuation but this one started to make sense seconds before the sunrise when I realized that due to all the delays we were flying over Himalayas. We were flying over Himalayas during the sunrise !!!!! I woke up my husband and we managed to catch one of the most spectacular sunrises in our lives…
First time in Asia and culture shock
Honestly, I have to admit I was very curious about our first time in Asia. Although we’d travelled a lot before our trip to Thailand and we were used to different cultures, religions, etc., it could have been different. However, immediately after leaving the plane, we felt familiar. It was more like coming back some place familiar than stepping onto new unknown soil.
Arriving to Bangkok
First of all, HEAT! This hot, wet blow of air that redefines one’s way of breathing. We were familiar with traveling from European winter to tropical climate and that was exactly what we were missing. Cold March in no time turned into a hot summer and we were more than glad to be finally where it’s warm.
Big city, lots of traffic, chaos. There are some people that would complain about that when they come the first time to Bangkok. When people tell me that Bangkok is a place to visit for max. 2 days, I know we have nothing more to talk about 😀 Bangkok is simply amazing, and many tourists underestimate it. This city’s heart beats strong, so make sure to take time to listen carefully to it. Worth visiting are not only the most famous tourist attractions but as well regular streets and local temples where you can get to know the culture and meet local people. Bangkok is colorful and full of life.
Travelling during Covid-19 times
We travelled to Thailand before the first wave of Covid-19 hit Europe. We read everything possible about this disease before the travel, contacted doctors, and to be honest we were quite good prepared. Although it was still not the thing to do, we quarantined two weeks before the travel to be sure we are of no danger to the local people. Due to the pandemic (which at that point was still not called a pandemic) the airport in Bangkok was quite empty. I guess never before has it looked so bizarre.
I must say, Thailand and Thai people were very well prepared for pandemic. Airport, taxis, tourist attractions, restrooms, restaurants… simply everything was clean, sterile, with distance and facemask the moment Covid-19 hit strongly.
Where to stay with kids in Bangkok
In Bangkok we were supposed to stay twice during our trip through Thailand. Few days after the arrival and few days before heading back home. For the first stay we booked a room in Time Sabai 134 Hostel which is located close to the famous Khao San Road. However, it was not the Khao San Road that makes your stay here unforgettable but everything around you. It’s enough to go for walk around the neighborhood to discover beautiful and full of life streets of Thailand’s capital.
For our second stay in Bangkok, we picked an Instagram like hotel with a swimming pool with Bangkok’s panorama in a totally different neighborhood. We wanted to get to know different parts of the city. However, due to the spread of Covid-19, we had to change our plans and get home sooner, that’s why we stayed in At Residence Suvarnabhumi close to the airport, which is as well worth recommending.
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