While technically not in Bangkok (but rather, around 100 km south-east of the capital), Chonburi is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. It boasts an incredibly varied array of attractions and activities for families with kids of all ages. Here are 5 top recommendations worth seeking out.
1. Frost Magical Ice Siam – Kratinglai – Pattaya Rd, Pattaya, Bangkok
Wrap up warm and prepare for a magical, winter-inspired adventure! Spread across 30,000 square metres, Frost Magical Ice Siam is a huge ice park split into two sprawling zones. Outside, The Himmapan zone is designed as a white sand sculptured forest full of spectacular carvings, including mythical forest creatures. Indoors, Siam Heaven is set at a constant -10 degrees and houses the largest collection of ice sculptures in ASEAN. While the kids skid down the ice slide, adults can grab a drink at the ice bar and enjoy the odd sensation of subzero temperatures in Thailand.
Entry is 350 THB for adults and 250 THB for kids aged 4-12 years old. Prices include down jacket rental and 1 soft drink.
2. Rubberland – 42 Moo 9, Sukhumvit Road, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi
Quirky, creative and educational, Rubberland puts a fun spin on one of Thailand’s biggest domestic exports. Visitors can explore four zones dedicated to the wonders of rubber. ‘Rubber in Life Zone’ showcases giant versions of everyday rubber items, while ‘The Factory Zone’ replicates a factory setting to reveal the various ways rubber can be processed into forms such as latex. A likely favourite with kids, ‘Rubber Fantasy’ is split into themed zones featuring Thai sweets, tropical animals and sea creatures, while a spiral slide adds to the interactive fun.
Adult prices are 100 baht for Thais and 200 baht for foreigners. For children (90-135 cm) tickets are 60 baht for Thais and 100 baht for foreigners.
3. Harbour Mall -190/25 Moo 9, Pattaya Klang Road, Na Kluea, Bang La Mung, Chonburi.
It’s easy to fill a day with the kids at Harbour Mall – a vast shopping destination packed with tons of family-friendly entertainment and activities. Older ones can duel it out in the dark at Laser Battle, scale an indoor climbing wall at Deep Climbing Gym, or perform jumps, leaps and flips at Jump XL Trampoline Park. For the younger set, Harbor Land offers 2,500+ square meters of indoor slides, obstacles and an ocean-themed climbing frame. Additional attractions include an ice skating rink, snow park, zip lines, and rolling blading. The only challenge? Trying to tear your kids away when it’s time to go home!
4. Ramayana Water Park – 9 Moo 7, Ban Yen Rd, Na Chom Thian, Sattahip, Chon Buri
One of the largest water theme parks in Southeast Asia, Ramayana Water Park is the kind of destination that has something for everyone. The park boasts 21 water rides ranging from gentle options for little ones to heart-thumping rides such as the Duelling Aqua Coasters – one of the longest rides in the world. Countless other attractions include the Lazy Wavy River, Double Wave Pool, Relax Pool, and two dedicated kids’ areas. Alongside the water-based action, there’s also a Thai massage area, restaurants, a floating market, and private cabanas.
Tickets are 1,190 baht for adults, 890 baht for children, and toddlers go free.
5. Siam Serpentarium – 969 Luang Phang Road, Lat Krabang, Bangkok
Every question you’ve ever wanted to ask about the life of a snake is answered at Siam Serpentarium – Asia’s first and only immersive snake experience. Dedicated zones include Immersive Snake Museum, an interactive forest environment that reveals how snakes are born, hunt and survive. Snake Planet offers the opportunity to get up close with 70 different snakes from around the globe, while Naka Theatre features a series of immersive audiovisual performances that describe Thai tales about mankind and snakes. Dare we say a ssssssensational day awaits for reptile-loving little ones!
Adult tickets are 550 baht for foreign nationals & 350 baht for Thai nationals and work permit holders. Child tickets are 250 baht for foreign nationals & 150 baht for Thai national and dependents of work permit holders. Children under 90 cm tall enjoy free admission.
Photo Credit: Siam Serpentarium