Bangkok

Bangkok is a huge chaotic city, which we can only handle in doses in between hanging at our homey apartment found on AirBnB.  It has a great pool and a sweeping view of the city.  Most importantly, the owner/host, Xenia, has been amazing. She arranged a pick up from the airport, made lunch for us on arrival, fully stocked the fridge with necessities, and even watched the kids for us one afternoon.

Thankfully, Bangkok is an exciting city not only for adults but also for kids. There are many kid friendly adventures to be had, and we found that little ones are truly honored citizens. (They are believed to be closer to heaven –their supposed point of origin– as they have spent less time on earth.) People consistently vacated seats for Merle and Mathilda, ferries are free, as well as countless other discounts, mostly based on height. The first day, we took the nifty Sky Train, which was an adventure in and of itself.

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Our destination was Ocean World, a huge aquarium literally underneath central Bangkok. Compared to Denver’s and Maui’s, this aquarium exceeded my expectations, with numerous and diverse exhibits, many big tanks with big fish, and lots for the littlest (like Mathilda) to see and do.  They loved witnessing chow time for the cute river otters and the playground was a welcome diversion. I swear, a hefty shark noticed Merle and went right up to him, quite thrilling!

Taking a Chao Praya River ferry to the famed Wat Po was a memorable introduction for the kids and Chris to the beauty of Thai temples, also known as wats. It is one of the largest and oldest in Bangkok, housing a massive statue of a reclining Buddha that is 15 meters high and 43 meters long! Its enormous size and deep, rich golden hue surrounded by crimson walls commands reverence, even for the non-believer.  Even Mathilda quickly began to master her prayer pose. Wat Po’s extensive complex was magical to explore, but indeed intense and hot, so that was about all we could handle for the day. Visiting one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions can be like that.

Another adventure was spending a morning at Funarium, an indoor play center for kids, complete with wifi for the parents, several free range “minders,” a cafe, an arts and crafts room, biking track, slides, trampoline, zipline, and other crazy stuff for kids. It was all in one big room, so we could relax, be online, while easy keep tabs on the kids. Merle and Mathilda were especially excited to ride bikes and paint after several weeks of deprivation. We are definitely going back there next week when we have four more days in Bangkok before we go to Burma.

One response to “Bangkok

  1. Surprised to see another blog! Seems that the oriental culture still honors children. You really seem to find numerous child friendly activities. Any progress on the Myanmar visa?

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