If you are wondering if Bangkok, Thailand is the city for you, think no longer, because the answer is, "YES!" Bangkok has something for everyone!
|Thailand is known for its beautiful and ornate teak wood carvings. This was approximately 10ft tall.|
|The hotel's outdoor restaurant.|
|Our daily offering of fruit in our room. Here we have dragon fruit, guava, and sapodilla.|
|A gift from a friend placed inside our room upon arrival. Delicious chocolates that were ALMOST too beautiful it eat. They were hand painted artisan chocolates.|
|Hotel decor. I feel in love with all of these beautiful wood carvings|
|I am sure you recognize this river from The Hangover 2, also known as the Chao Phraya River.|
But there are plenty of adventures to have with your family. We stayed in a hotel along the famous Chao Phraya River known as the Shangri-La. It was a beautiful hotel and the service was excellent. We had one major issue and it was quickly and professionally rectified. The hotel manager catered to our every need. If you choose to stay at the Shangri-La be sure to book a Club level room because the lounge is perfect if you are traveling with children. Fantastic breakfast in the morning with made to order eggs and a large buffet in the quiet club lounge. Unlimited beverages and snacks during the day with a beautiful view of the river down below, plus at 5:00pm there is a happy hour for the Club guests offering unlimited hor d'oeurves, wine, cocktails, and beverages for the children. A few nights we actually fed the kids a large lunch and then allowed them to eat a light dinner that was heavy on hor d'oeurves, took them back to the room and got them set up with a movie and Daniel and I were able to dine alone in the amazing Italian restaurant downstairs named Angelini. Everyone must give the restaurants a try. Simply amazing!
|Fresh fruit and sandwiches if anyone needs a bite.|
|Snacks and beverages readily available for the children throughout the day in the Club Lounge.|
So what is there to do in Bangkok with kids?
River cruise on a long boat. This could be taken right at the rear of our hotel.
While on the long boat stop at The Snake Farm and have a look at the snakes and other animals. Be sure to take your hand sanitizer with you and educate the children on not touching anything dangerous.
|The Little Man having a heart-2-heart with one of his favorite birds. They match!|
|Pick up a souvenir. But make sure to haggle. They know you are a tourist!|
|We were able to purchase an ice cold beer and a few bottled waters for just a few US dollars from this lady.|
|Normally I don't eat street food. But in Thailand it is the BEST!|
|I have no idea what these were called but we had the corn fritters and they were awesome!|
|Fresh seafood on ice.|
|Quench your thirst with an ice cold coconut water. Sadly they are not my favorite.|
|No trip to Bangkok is complete without a tuk tuk ride. The kids loved it!|
|Be sure to visit some of the world famous temples.|
|World famous temple, Wat Arun.|
|The kids and I enjoying a family photo in front of the temple. This never happens.... me in the picture!|
|Stop by any fruit stand and rehydrate with some fresh fruit juice.|
|Hailey trying to gross all of you out! She loved her squid!|
|Thai boxing for your entertainment.|
|Taxi driver hangout.|
|CLEAN PLATE CLUB|
|When you are a street vendor this is how you do dishes.|
|If you look closely you can see a gentleman hanging out of the window cooking is food.|
|Typical houses along the river.|
|Sweetest family who waved at us while feeding the fish.|
For Moms and Dads, don't forget about a stop at the Lebua Hotel for drinks and/or dinner. I am sure you remember this from The Hangover 2 as well. But beware. The drinks are overpriced simply because you are paying for the view and a little piece of the movie set. Kids are not allowed, so make sure you have a sitter the night you go. We only had 3 full days in Bangkok and I wish we had more. Our adventures were only the tip of the iceberg. So if you ever get a chance to stop and vacation in Bangkok don't hesitate. There was so much more of the city to see that we just didn't have time for. But next time....there is always next time!