Family-friendly activities abound in the area surrounding Ratchadapisek Road. Here are 5 of the best.
1. Expend energy at Bounce
Bounce Thailand offers what is surely the ultimate way to get fit while having a serious amount of fun! Billed as Asia’s largest jumping spot, this 5,600 sq. meter indoor trampoline park features a range of individual zones. Bounce off 80 interconnected trampolines in the Free-jumping zone, head over to the Dodgeball court, or work up a sweat with a Bounce Fit class. Kids aged between three and five can also join miniBOUNCE – a dedicated program featuring a variety of trampoline-based activities, games and exercises.
2. Immerse yourself in 3D fun at Art in Paradise
A great indoor option for rainy days and hot afternoons, Art in Paradise Bangkok is an interactive 3D art museum located on the 4th floor of Esplanade Shopping Mall. This extensive museum features a range of innovative artwork that you can ‘step into’ and pose for amusing photographs. Most of the artwork has a recommended spot to stand for the best shot, but guessing where to place yourself in the scene is all part of the fun. A guaranteed couple of hours’ worth of entertainment.
3. Marvel at the Siam Niramit show
Taking place in the vast 2,000-seat Ratchada Theatre, Siam Niramit is a spectacular stage show that tells the story of ancient Siam on the grandest of scales. During the course of 3 acts, over 150 performers and dazzling special effects take the audience on a sweeping journey of Thai culture, religion and history. The show even involves goats and elephants appearing live on stage – sure to keep the kids on the edge of their seat. You can also opt to combine tickets with a Thai buffet that takes place before the performance.
4. Browse the stalls of the Train Night Market Ratchada (Talad Rot Fai Ratchada)
Situated directly behind Esplanade Cineplex, Train Night Market Ratchada is a sprawling market that sets up from 5pm to 1am every Thursday to Sunday. An eclectic range of stalls offer the chance to pick up funky T-shirts, shades, vintage shoes, glittering beads, kids toys and some seriously retro home decor. Make sure you arrive with an appetite, too. There are 3 sois of bustling food zones serving up everything from sushi and noodles to meat skewers and pizzas, while a selection of bars offer a variety of alcoholic beverages, sweet sodas and Thai-style coffees.
5. Watch a movie at Esplanade Cineplex
Bangkok is home to some pretty stunning cinema complexes, and Esplanade Cineplex is no exception. Located on the top floor of the Esplanade Shopping Center, this particular branch of the Cineplex chain boasts no less than 12 screens and 3,000 seats. Movie lovers will appreciate the big screens, comfy seats and wide variety of sweet and savoury snacks. Cinemas in Bangkok are notoriously great value, so get the kids to choose their favourite movie, load up on popcorn and enjoy a few hours of relaxed, family entertainment.
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