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Boutique Spa for Kids in Sukhumvit

It is unlikely that young children will have grasped the idea of boutique hotels and services, but they do instinctively understand what will be fun. In April 2013 My BebeSpa opened in Sukhumvit Soi 20. It offers various boutique spa services for kids that I am sure many children will find fun.

My BebeSpa

Babies swimming at My Bebe Spa

Babies to Pre-Teens

My Bebe Spa is aimed at children as young as just a few weeks old to toddlers and pre-adolescents. They offer a range of services and come highly recommended.

Spa Pools

The spa has a number of spa pools that use warm water that has been filtered and that is free of chlorine and salt. They use special flotation devices that support the baby and allow them to float in the spa water safely with their head kept securely above the water. It is a simple and clever device that allows children to experience (or re-experience) the joy of floating in warm water. There is a growing body of evidence to show the therapeutic and nourishing value of such experiences for neonates and young children.

Since personalized spa services are commonly considered ‘boutique’ the My Bebe Spa flotation pools could be classified under the same category. More importantly, the spa for kids provides one of the few things available to parents to do who have newly born children. Being a parent myself I can attest to the fact that from a very early age children are eager to experience new things and many of them seem to have an innate fascination for water. My child is 2 years old and I have to take her every week to either a swimming pool or splash pool.

child haircut

Toodler haircut at My Bebe Spa

Baby Beauty Treatments

My Bebe Spa also offer other fun activities for kids that include haircuts and nail treatments. Kids will love the attention and will appreciate getting painted nails and a new haircut.

At the same time the parents can see their children having fun in a safe environment. All the staff are qualified and highly experienced.

You can check out their website and Facebook page. It is also possible to phone for an appointment.

If you are desperately looking for something suitable for your child to do, and you appreciate the personalized service that a boutique experience gives, then MyBebeSpa might be just the thing for you and your family.

Location of My Bebe Spa

  • Mille Malle Building, Sukhumvit Soi 20 Sukhumvit Rd, Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110

For more ideas about what to do with your children in Bangkok check out www.bangkok4children.com

Bangkok for kids (Part 4) – Dreamworld

Dreamworld Bangkok is Thailand’s answer to Disneyland.

The Disney Corporation probably isn’t losing sleep over the competition from this amusement park though. No-one would come to Bangkok to visit in the same way that they would travel to Florida. However, credit where credit is due – if you are 10 years old or younger you will love it.

The park is open from 10 am to 5pm on weekdays, and 10am to 7pm on weekends. It gets busy during school holidays in Thailand with predominately Thai visitors. Whole families go and make a real day out of it. The entrance fee is 450 Thai Baht per person ($15), although children under 90cm get in for free.

The park features over 40 rides and family attractions. They put on shows and have cartoon characters wondering around entertaining the children. In addition there is a big lake and a cable car. Inexpensive food outlets abound. Overall not a bad effort.

The park is split into three areas: Dream Garden, Fantasy Land and Adventureland. The big rides are imported from the West and include Grand Canyon (white water raft ride) Sky Coaster (brand new roller coaster) Super Splash (log flume) Hurricane (a large swing ride).

There are other attractions such as Snow Town, with artificial snow, and boats for the lake. There is also a go-kart track for which you must pay an additional fee.

Dreamworld is on the outskirts of Bangkok. The address is: 62 Moo 1, Rangsir-Ongkarat Road, Thonyaburi, Pathumthani. Taxi drivers will know where to take you. You could also go by bus. Either take Bus 188 from Mor Chit (Northern Bus Terminal) or Bus 538 from Victory Monument.

For a completely hassle free trip book a tour of Dreamworld through Isango. They pick you up from your hotel at 8am and bring you back at 6pm, with a Thai/Western buffet thrown in the price.

For more information about family days out in and around Bangkok visit our sister website: www.bangkok4children.com

book tour of Dreamword

 

Siam Niramit Show

Siam Niramit is one of the world’s largest stage shows with a cast of over 100 performers. This award winning show ranks as one of Bangkok’s major attractions. The 2,000 seater theater is filled nightly.

The Theater is is located to the north of the Sukhumvit Road. The closest public transport station is the Thailand Cultural Centre MRT (Metro) Station. It is about a 20 minute walk from the Metro station to Tiamruammit Road where the Theater is located.

Shows start daily at 8pm and run for approximately 80 minutes with no intermission. The cost is 2,000 Thai Baht ($66.7) for ‘Golden Seats’ and 1,500 Thai Baht ($50) for ‘Standard Seats’. For an extra 350 Thai Baht ($11.7) you have a buffet meal of Thai and Western food before the show. Guest reviews suggest the buffet is actually quite good, and beer and wine is on sale.

The doors open at 5.30pm and there are other attractions in the grounds of the theater that are worth visiting. The big attraction is the ‘Village of the Four Regions’ which has examples of wooden homes from the four regions of Thailand. There are performers demonstrating traditional crafts. There are also small shows put on outside, such as dance performances. The children will really enjoy the elephant shows which are put on every night. Elephants rides are available for a small additional cost.

The show itself is split into three distinct acts, each featuring several set changes and numerous special effects. The idea, which they have achieved pretty successfully, is to give an overview of Thai History, culture and spiritualism and demonstrate how beliefs and superstitions play a central role in Thai life – a big task in 80 minutes, and this is how they achieve it:

Act I: Journey Back into History -Depiction of life in Ancient times in each of the four regions of Thailand

Act II: Journey Beyond Imagination – Depictions of the three spiritual realms of ‘Fiery Hell’, ‘Mystical Forest of Himapaan’ and ‘Blissful Heaven’.

Act III: Journey Through Joyous Festivals – Examples of Merit Making festivals re-enacted such as the Loy-Krathong celebration.

If you prefer you can go with a tour to see Siam Niramit. Isango have tours at competitive prices. They pick you up at your hotel at 6pm and bring you back after the show. The tour costs $74. To book or find out more click on the button below.

book tour of Siam Niramit

Bangkok for Kids (Part 3) – Safari World

Safari World
Located on the outskirts to the north-east of Bangkok, Safari World gets mixed reviews. On the minus side it is a bit of trek to get there: a 30 to 40 minute journey from the centre of town by taxi or by an organised tour. Public transport, even cheap local buses, won’t take you directly there. It is also a bit on the expensive side at 700 Thai Baht ($23) and 450 Thai Baht ($15) for children. More worringly there have been some concerns raised in the past by several western animal welfare experts about the way the animals are cared for.

This said, Safari World is a major attraction – Thailand’s largest open air zoo – with lots of interest for the kids. We say visit yourself and make your own mind up. In a facility of this size some things are probably not going to be up to scratch, but there seems to be enough which is good about it to draw huge crowds, predominantly Thai people, every day. It may not be that ‘classy’ but then again how many major parks of this kind are?

The park is open 365 days from 9am to 5pm. The park cover an area of approximately 480 acres. In addition to the animals there are also a lot of shows put on throughout the day.

The park is split up into the following attractions:

Safari Park – 8km drive (either in your own car or a coach) which takes about 45min

Marine Park – 8 shows daily with dolphins and sea lions

Jungle Cruise – Water flume ride with model crocodiles and gorillas

Eggs World – Educational display about eggs

Orangutan Boxing Show – No actual boxing, but plenty of tricks

Bird Show – Variety of birds trained to do tricks

Hollywood Cowboy Stunt Show – Wold west stunt show by Thai actors

Feeding Show – Watch the lions and tigers get fed

Spy Show – Former Thai soldiers perform daring military based stunts

To take the hassle out of getting to and from Safari World the best thing to do is book a tour with Isango. They pick you up and return you to your hotel after a day at the safari park. It costs $50 per person. To find out more click the button below.

Bangkok for Kids (Part 2) – Siam Ocean World

Siam Ocean World
Siam Ocean World is the largest aquarium in South-East Asia covering a staggering 10,000 sqm and with tanks containing over 5 million litres of water. This is a great day out for kids and enjoyable for the rest of the family. The aquarium is located in the main shopping area of Bangkok and works well as a treat in return for the children behaving during a trip around the shops.

Siam Ocean World is located in the basement of Siam Paragon Shopping Centre. It is really easy to get there, being located very close to the Siam BTS (Sky Train) station. The aquarium is open from 9am to 8pm. The entrance fee is 750 Thai Baht ($25) for adults and 600 Thai Bhat ($20) for children 80cm to 120cm tall.

Siam Ocean World is split into 7 sections:

1. Weird & Wonderful – featuring strange sea creatures such as giant spider crabs

2. Deep Reef – 8 metre deep tank replicating a coral reef

3. Living Ocean – Large fish and other aquatic life

4. Rainforest – Tropical fresh water fish and amphibians

5. Rocky shore – Penguins and other semi-aquatic wildlife

6. Open Ocean – Glass tunnels with large fish and sharks, including the rare sand tiger shark

7. Jelly Fish

There are also a number of interactive activities, some at an additional charge.

These interactive activities include a glass bottom boat trip, a shark encounter, diving with sharks and the Ocean Walker Experience which involves diving in a helmet with air pumped from above – just like the old time divers.

For younger children we recommend the back of house tour, where the staff show you what goes into taking care of the fish, the tanks and their breeding programme. Fun and educational. They will also enjoy the 4D cinema and for the very young children there is a singing and dancing show from the cute Siam Ocean World mascots.

For the adults there is also a fish massage pool. What this involves is putting your feet in a big jacuzzi and having small fish bite off the dead skin. A bit weird, but very pleasant once you get used to it.

Bangkok for Kids (Part 1) – Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo

Bangkok isn’t the best city for kids who may have difficulties in appreciating the culture, and architecture, in the same way as older visitors. Parents need to give some thought to interspersing visits to the main attractions with activities that will appeal to a younger audience. Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo ticks all the boxes on this front and is a wonderful experience for the kids.

Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo is about 30km outside of Bangkok. The road journey takes about an hour. There isn’t a convenient rail link, so you need to either take an organised tour, your own private hire taxi, or a public bus. Bus number 123 from the Royal Grand Palace, or bus number 84 from the Krungthonburi BTS (Sky Train) station, will both drop you directly outside.

Alternatively, you can go with a tour group to Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo. Isango do a tour that takes in the Floating Market, the Elephant Ground and Zoo as well as the Rose Garden. They pick you from your hotel at 6.30 am and return you to your hotel at 6.30 pm. The tour includes lunch, all entrance fees and an English speaking guide. Click on the button below to find out more.

The Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo is open from 8.30am to 17.30pm. Entrance fees are 600 Thai Baht ($20) for adults and 350 Thai Baht ($12) for children under 130cm tall.

The three major attractions are the elephant shows, the crocodile wrestling shows and elephant rides around the grounds.

Elephant shows take place daily at 1.45pm and 3.30pm and involve dancing, races, football, games and ‘Yutha Hathi’ – which the re-enactment of a great battle with actors in traditional dress riding on the elephants.

The crocodile shows happen daily at 12.45pm and 2.20pm, which the Thai ‘crocodile wrestlers’ performing tricks and stunts with large crocodiles.


Elephant rides will set you back a further 500 Thai Baht per person ($17) and are available from 10.30am to 3pm daily.

The facilities are set in 25 acres of land, and include a mini zoo, a restaurant, waterfalls and immaculate gardens.  The zoo has baby elephants, monkeys and snakes amongst other animals. You can easily spend half a day here. There is also a decent restaurant with Thai, Halal and Indian food on offer, which is open from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

For those of you with concerns about the ethics of animal shows, or the treatment of the animals, our view is that the animals are fairly well taken care of and are in good health. The animals are expensive to buy, so the financial incentive is there to ensure they remain in good health. Do bear in mind also that elephants have long been kept as working animals in Thailand, and the first elephants at the Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo were purchased from a logging business which had ceased operating. To the best of our knowledge all the animals at the Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo have been born in captivity rather than taken from the wild.